J. Michael Kelly
J. Michael KellyDriver
J. Michael Kelly (also known as JMK) won the first Oryx Cup World Championships in November 2009, claiming the inaugural Doha, Qatar race with the 7 Graham Trucking and backing it up with the 2014 title as well. He fulfilled a lifelong dream by winning the APBA Gold Cup with a convincing win at the 2016 UAW/GM Detroit Hydrofest.

Kelly drove for Team Porter as the pilot of the 7 Graham Trucking in 2009-10, when he finished on the podium eight times in 12 races – one first, five seconds, and two thirds. His first career win in the unlimited class was the 2009 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship victory, starting Porter’s dominance at the Oryx Cup. Kelly has been a fixture among the top drivers in the sport since breaking in to the unlimited ranks.

The 2016 season is Kelly’s 29th season of boat racing. During his career, he has set 23 world records in various classes, six of which are still current, and is a three-time American Power Boat Association Hall of Champions inductee (2003, 2004, and 2010). Kelly also has a total of eight national championships, 15 high point’s championships, and 25 APBA divisional titles. In 2009, Kelly won the New Zealand Des Geddes Memorial Grand Prix Hydro event. He also became the first person in APBA history to win four championships in a single Nationals, at the 2010 event.

The 2004 Unlimited class Rookie of the Year, Kelly was also winner of the Babcock Award in 2003 and 2004.

JMK placed second in the 2015 National High Point Championship with four podium finishes and notching his second consecutive Seafair crown, taking the 2015 win from Jimmy Shane after an amazing five lap battle that was easily one of the best in H1 Unlimited history. He also won the 2015 Madison Regatta Exhibition Shootout.

Kelly and his wife Angela have three sons, Brennan, Carson, and Asher. They live in Bonney Lake, Wash.

YearDateCityFinishBoat #Boat NameOwnerQual.Race
201509-20-15San Diego4thU-5Graham TruckingPorter Racing156.092143.665
 08-23-15Detroit2ndU-5Graham TruckingPorter Racing158.029149.663
 08-02-15Seattle1stU-5Graham TruckingPorter Racing145.825136.223
 07-26-15Tri-Cities2ndU-5Graham TruckingPorter Racing156.518132.594
 07-05-15MadisonN/AU-5Graham TruckingPorter Racing137.055
201411-20-14Doha1stU-1Graham Trucking (6)Ted Porter142.803126.364
 09-14-14San Diego1stU-1Graham Trucking (6)Ted Porter157.282149.000
 08-03-14Seattle1stU-1Graham Trucking (6)Ted Porter149.756136.257
 07-27-14Tri-Cities7thU-1Graham Trucking (6)Ted Porter161.197
 07-13-14Detroit4thU-1Graham Trucking (6)Ted Porter159.334142.084
 07-06-14Madison1stU-1Graham Trucking (6)Ted Porter146.520
201309-15-13San Diego7thU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher157.290
 09-01-13Coeur D’Alene5thU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher142.399119.614
 08-04-13Seattle4thU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher143.595131.872
 07-28-13Tri-Cities10thU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher151.778
 07-14-13Detroit7thU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher151.466
 06-02-13Folsom3rdU-37Performance ChevroletBilly Schumacher142.574125.501
 02-12-13Doha5thU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher137.965
 07-07-13MadisonCANCELLEDU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher
201212-31-12Doha6thU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher131.394
 09-16-12San Diego11thU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher140.728
 08-05-12Seattle7thU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher143.549122.511
 07-29-12Tri-Cities2ndU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher149.263143.772
 07-15-12Detroit3rdU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy Schumacher152.497
 07-08-12Madison11thU-37Miss Beacon Plumbing (6)Billy SchumacherC.0 (3)
201111-19-11Doha7thU-88Degree Men (2)Billy Schumacher136.265117.233
 09-18-11San Diego5thU-88Degree Men (2)Billy Schumacher152.019141.448
 08-07-11Seattle4thU-88Degree Men (2)Billy Schumacher144.487
 07-31-11Tri-Cities5thU-88Degree Men (2)Billy Schumacher148.299138.108
 07-10-11Detroit4thU-88Degree Men (2)Billy Schumacher148.229131.223
 07-03-11MadisonDNSU-88Degree Men (2)Billy SchumacherDNQ
201011-20-10Doha2ndU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter137.891128.734
 09-19-10San Diego3rdU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter155.376146.211
 08-08-10Seattle5thU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter148.026125.354
 07-25-10Tri-Cities2ndU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter157.062
 07-11-10Detroit3rdU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter155.752
 07-04-10Madison2ndU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter136.188130.798
200911-21-09Doha1stU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter135.320130.575
 08-23-09Evansville2ndU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter150.379
 08-02-09Seattle7thU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter146.935127.691
 07-26-09Tri-Cities8thU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter158.083
 07-12-09Detroit4thU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter152.771126.116
 07-05-09Madison2ndU-7Graham Trucking (5)Ted Porter152.219
200809-20-08San Diego5thU-13Graham Trucking (4)David Bartush155.755127.189
 08-01-08Seattle7thU-13Graham Trucking (4)David Bartush148.545
 07-27-08Tri-Cities10thU-13Graham Trucking (4)David Bartush158.699
 06-29-08Evansville7thU-13Graham Trucking (4)David Bartush144.837
 07-13-08DetroitNO CONTESTU-13Miss D.Y.C. (1)David Bartush142.052
200709-16-07San Diego5thU-13Spirit Of DetroitDavid Bartush151.757115.753
 08-05-07Seattle3rdU-13Miss Car Pros (2)David Bartush138.448134.793
 07-29-07Tri-Cities4thU-13Spirit Of DetroitDavid Bartush151.911
 07-15-07Detroit3rdU-13Spirit Of DetroitDavid Bartush155.379
 07-08-07Madison3rdU-13Spirit Of DetroitDavid Bartush148.473135.816
 07-01-07Evansville6thU-13Spirit Of DetroitDavid Bartush148.270
200608-06-06Seattle12thU-13Acura Of BellevueDavid Bartush132.897
 07-30-06Tri-Cities12thU-13Acura Of BellevueDavid Bartush151.374
 07-16-06DetroitDNQU-13Acura Of BellevueDavid BartushDNQ
200509-18-05San Diego5thU-2Graham Trucking (3)Jim Harvey130.000124.201
 09-11-05Nashville8thU-2Graham Trucking (3)Jim Harvey150.379
 08-07-05Seattle9thU-2Graham Trucking (3)Jim Harvey138.023
 07-31-05Tri-Cities8thU-2Graham Trucking (3)Jim Harvey
 07-17-05Detroit6thU-2Miss D.Y.C. (3)Jim Harvey149.572
 07-03-05Madison4thU-2Miss Bello’s Pizza (2)Jim Harvey142.243122.789
 06-26-05Evansville7thU-2Graham Trucking (3)Jim Harvey0.000
200409-19-04San Diego5thU-2Graham Trucking (3)Jim Harvey148.343
 08-08-04Seattle5thU-2Graham Trucking (3)Jim Harvey138.262107.756
 07-25-04Tri-Cities3rdU-2Miss A.P.B.A. (2)Jim Harvey145.973
 08-22-04St. Clair2ndU-2Sinbad’s RoostertailJim Harvey137.45993.160
Rob Graham
Rob GrahamOwner
Since 1995, Rob Graham has been one of the most visible sponsors in boat racing. This year, he becomes a team owner for the first time.

And he is excited about it.

Thirty years ago, Graham and his company – Graham Trucking, Inc. – first became involved with racing, sponsoring one of his employees 2.5 liters then moving into the Grand nationals and finally into the newly formed Unlimited Lights class. As title sponsor of Jerry and Greg Hopp’s ULHRA team, Graham Trucking enjoyed sponsorship success right out of the gates. Graham played a vital role in the UL class until 2008 when the class was broken up.

Graham’s history in the sport is deep and famous – particularly in Seattle, where Graham Trucking has, for many years, hosted VIPs and employees in their hospitality area just inside the pits at Seafair. He’s been a long-time sponsor of various unlimited hydroplanes and has been the title sponsor of the Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair, which has featured everything from Unlimited Lights hydroplanes to Grand Prix West hydroplanes, as well as the Formula 1 boats that have raced as a part of the Seafair race card for the last several years. Graham Trucking has also been the title sponsor of the Grand Prix Thunder Cup in Tri-Cities as well as title sponsor of many other local races.

Rob Graham started Graham trucking in 1983 and was a driver, mechanic, billing clerk and dispatcher until he had purchased enough trucks and hired enough drivers to support an office staff. Based at the time at terminal 115 in south Seattle Graham was primarily focused on the Alaska barge trade. Graham Trucking was one of the early pioneers of heavy containerized cargo and built many of their own super chassis to accommodate these heavy ocean containers. Graham now has one of the largest super chassis fleets for its port and barge division. They also have refrigerated and flatbed divisions dedicated to “local” short haul for perishables, Seafood and construction.

Today it is common to see Graham Trucking rigs running up and down Interstate 5 between Portland and Seattle, the I-90 corridor, and across the Pacific Northwest

Tom Anderson
Tom AndersonCrew Chief
Tom Anderson:

Anderson has been involved in unlimited hydroplane racing as a crew member for over 30 years. Tom’s early years in the sport were spent primarily as a turbine engine specialist for several teams including Mr. Pringles, T-Plus and Miss Budweiser. He first became a crew chief for Ron Jones Jr in the mid 90’s and went on to work with owners Jim Harvey and Fred Leland.

Tom joined Ted Porter’s PPE, LLC team in 2007 and moved to Crew Chief of the U-5 in 2008 where he and Jeff Bernard scored their first victory in only the second race of the season at the Indiana Governors Cup in Madison Indiana. The team went on to be the only repeat race winners in 2008 by capturing the Bill Muncie Cup in San Diego, California. Since 2008, Tom has twice been awarded Crew Chief of the Year and the U-5 team along with drivers Bernard, Jimmy Shane and J. Michael Kelly have compiled an impressive record of 3 World Championships, 1 National Championship and 18 victories, and 1 Gold Cup, making them one of the most successful teams in recent years.

Professionally, Tom left full time boat racing in the late 1990s to work in Boeing’s wind tunnels operating the Transonic and Super Sonic tunnels. He has since left Boeing and is a manager for Blue Origin where he enjoys building space vehicles. Tom, wife Kellie and son Brody live in Renton, Wa.

U-5 Racing Team
U-5 Racing TeamCrew
Jim Bakke, Drivetrain Specialist
Dave Bell, Shop Manager & Drivetrain Specialist
Patrick Berryman, Transport Driver and Transport/Trailer Support
Jerry Bowers, Electrical Engineer
Ray Burton, Shop Support
Randy Doughty, Propeller Specilalist
Justin Ellis, Assistant Data & Telemetry Engineer
Brian Hajny, Cockpit & Radio Systems
Mark Kane, Team Management Assistant
Jeff Kelly, Cockpit, Driver Safety & Ground Support
Scott Moen, Welder & Shop Support
Shawn Murray, Shop Support
Kevin Stoltz, Data & Telemetry Engineer
Corey Peabody, Backup Driver
Sandy Pearl, Boat Tech and Deck
Bryan Pyziak, Turbine Specialist
Brooke Tyler IV, Team Engineer
John Walcker, Hull Engineer, Skid Fin
Ken Warren, Boat Tech and Ground Support
Nelson Holmberg, Media Relations/Social Media
Corina Bakke, Website/Creative
Graham Trucking
Graham TruckingMain Sponsor
Graham Trucking:

Robert Graham purchased his first semi tractor in 1983 and shortly after formed the company Graham Trucking, Inc.

He purchased a second truck, then a third, until we had grown to about a dozen trucks. Based at that time at Port of Seattle Terminal 115 South, our main business was barge lines doing business between Washington and Alaska.

The company is now based just south of the Seatac airport on 188th. We operate 100 power units and own one of the largest super chassis fleets in the state. While Graham Trucking continues to service the Alaska barge trade, we have expanded our service to include international freight, construction trade, retail supply, distribution, and others. Our customers are construction companies, retail chains, freight forwarders, steamship lines, seafood companies, consolidators, Intermodal companies, produce suppliers, and many others.

GTI President

  • Team Website: www.grahamtruckingracing.com
  • Team Founded: 2017
  • Home Port: Milton, WA
  • Driver: J. Michael Kelly
  • Driver Rookie Year: 2004
  • Boat Colors: Red/Black
  • Primary Sponsor: Graham Trucking
  • Builder: Hydroplanes, Inc.
  • Designer: Hydroplanes, Inc.
  • Hull Built: 2000
  • Hull Rebuilt: 2016 by U-12 Racing LLC
  • Length: 28’6″
  • Width: 14′
  • Weight: 6750 lbs
  • Engine: T-55/L-7 Turbine
  • 2016 Boat Points: NA
  • 2016 Driver Points: 7076
  • 2016 Season Finish: NA