David Warren has been chosen as driver of the U-14 Centurion Racing hydroplane for the 2016 season, adding experience at the driver position to the Centurion Racing team. Warren was added to the team in 2015 in Tri-Cities when Patrick Sankuer was not able to get in enough laps above 130 MPH to qualify him as an Unlimited driver, and drove in all 2015 events except Detroit, where Sankuer qualified the boat at 130.849 MPH, but couldn’t race as he had yet to make the requisite number of laps.
Warren spent the 2014 season at the wheel of the U-100 Leland Racing hydroplane and finished the season in ninth place. He also races the GP-19 Eckenburg Racing entry in the GP West series, making his race weekends very busy indeed. In his 11th year as a driver, he began his contact with boat racing on the Region 10 rescue team. He was on the rescue team for the Tri-Cities and Seattle Unlimited races for 11 years.
Following a day of work on the rescue team at Tastin’ & Racin’, he was walking around the pits and noticed there was a UL team working on the bottom of the boat and asked if they needed help The next day, on the rescue boat, Dave remembered the huge sense of accomplishment he had when the boat went out to race and came back to the dock. After that race, he became more involved with the team for the rest of that year and then, the following year, he stopped doing rescue and became a full team member on the UL929.
The following year, David became crew chief of the team. Eventually, he got the opportunity to take the boat out for a “test drive” at Black Lake and Port Angeles and instantly fell in love with driving. After that season, Warren purchased the silver and green GP-329 and became an owner/ driver and a regular in Grand Prix West. He drove Gordy Gilmer’s GP-60 for two seasons and has spent the past four seasons in the cockpit of Tom Eckenberg’s GP-19.
David Warren lives in Lake Stevens, Washington.