David Warren
David WarrenDriver

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.

Jay Leckrone & Denise Garl
Jay Leckrone & Denise GarlOwners

For Jay Leckrone and Denise Garl, ownership of an Unlimited Hydroplane is a relatively new experience, but being around hydroplanes has been a lifelong experience.

Denise grew up in Seattle, attending the Seafair event with family and friends, while Jay grew up in the Midwest and attended the Madison event on a regular basis.

Both were on the crew of Ken Muscatel’s U-25, with Leckrone as crew chief. They purchased the former U-48 Snoqualmie Casino from Go Fast Turn Left Racing and ran the entire H1 circuit in 2014. The team is based in Ken Muscatel’s shop in Burien, Washington, south of Seattle.

The hull is the Leland 96 B which Greg Hopp once drove as part of Team Leland. Leckrone says the boat will experience a weight loss program prior to the 2015 season.

The team will have two turbine engines and three gear boxes in the truck when they head East to start the season.

YearDateCityDriverFinishBoat #Boat NameQual.Race
20147/6/2014MadisonGreg Hopp7thU-12Miss Di Julio (3)DNQ
7/13/2014DetroitGreg HoppSU-12Miss Di Julio (3)133.665
7/27/2014Tri-CitiesGreg Hopp12thU-12Miss Di Julio (3)136.105
8/3/2014SeattleGreg Hopp8thU-12Miss Di Julio (3)DNQ
9/14/2014San DiegoGreg HoppDNFU-12Miss Di Julio (3)DNQ
11/20/2014DohaJesse Robertson9thU-12Miss Di Julio (3)DNQ
20136/2/2013FolsomGreg Hopp8thU-14ToyotaC.O.
7/7/2013MadisonGreg HoppCancelledU-14Centurion Racing
7/14/2013DetroitGreg Hopp8thU-14Jarvis Fire & Water Repair (5)144.822
7/28/2013Tri-CitiesGreg Hopp8thU-14Miss Di Julio (2)147.087
8/4/2013SeattleGreg Hopp11thU-14Miss Di Julio (2)134.738
9/1/2013Coeur D’AleneGreg Hopp7thU-14Miss Di Julio (2)C.O.
9/15/2013San DiegoGreg Hopp3rdU-14Miss Di Julio (2)146.082125.540
Jay Leckrone
Jay LeckroneCrew Chief

Jay Leckrone:

Jay has been around hydroplane racing for decades, and has been Crew Chief on many teams, most recently the U-25 Superior Racing team for owner Ken Muscatel and the U-13 Spirit of Detroit for owner Dave Bartush. Jay is a turbine mechanic and systems specialist.

Centurion Racing TeamCrew
  • Paul Barbus
  • Wade Barbus
  • Austin Eacret
  • Paul Eacret
  • Denise Garl
  • Tom Kelly
  • Norm Kruse
  • Glen Raymond
  • Jeff Sankuer
  • Chip VanAntwerp
  • CJ VanAntwerp
  • Home Port: Burien, Washington
  • Boat Colors: Blue and Green
  • Primary Sponsor: DiJulio
  • Associate Sponsors: Carpet Liquidators and Car Stars
  • Builder: Fred Leland
  • Designer: Fred Leland
  • Crew Chief: Jay Leckrone
  • Hull Built: 1996
  • Length: 28
  • Engine: Lycoming T55 L7C
  • 2015 Boat Points: 860
  • 2015 Driver Points: 860
  • 2015 Season Finish: 12th