Spirit of Qatar
Driver Profile: Kip Brown
The nephew of team owner and former Gold Cup winner Nate Brown, 36 year old Kip Brown has been around boat racing since he was a toddler. Kip’s racing career started in 1995 with his first competition leading to Rookie of the Year honors from the Seattle Drag and Ski association.
Brown quickly established himself as one of the top young drivers in the country, winning multiple national high point championships in the E Racing Runabout and 5 Liter classes. He was also Rookie of the Year in the Unlimited Light category.
In 2008, Kip made the final heat in his first race as an Unlimited driver and finished fourth overall. He went on to be named the 2008 H1 Unlimited Rookie of the Year.
2011 was a good season for Brown and the 17 team as Kip drove the Miss Red Dot to 6 heat victories and 3 podium finishes and was among the top qualifiers at several races. But his 2012 season was interrupted by a broken leg suffered during testing at the Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities.
He healed enough to be back in the boat for San Diego Bayfair and the January Oryx Cup in Doha, Qatar. Kip returned to Doha for the 2013 Oryx Cup in February and found himself and his boat wearing the colors of the host country of Qatar and the number 95 as they filled in for the damaged 96 Spirit of Qatar in the 2013 season opener on Doha Bay.
Brown was impressive, qualifying second and scoring two heat victories. In April, 96 Spirit of Qatar owner Erick Ellstrom and sponsor Sheikh Hassan bin-Jabor Al-Thani of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation announced they were extending the agreement with Our Gang Racing to make Kip and his team the 95 Spirit of Qatar for the rest of the 2013 season.
Kip Brown is a manager at Morgan Motors in Issaquah, Washington and lives in Ravensdale with his wife Tiffany and daughters Taylor and Katie.
Driver Profile: Jeff Bernard
Veteran driver Jeff Bernard joins the team as a crew member and Kip Brown’s back up driver.
Team Profile: Our Gang Racing
Our Gang RacingOur Gang Racing LLC is a group of Pacific Northwest individuals with wide-ranging skills and expertise that share a common passion for Unlimited hydroplane racing. Now in its sixth season, the Gang was brought together by Nate Brown to design, construct, and competitively race an Unlimited hydroplane.
In 2007, the U-17 team displayed their new boat at the Tri-Cities Columbia Cup. A week later, with Nate Brown driving, they qualified for and scored points in the Chevrolet Cup at Seattle. In 2008, his nephew, Kip Brown, a champion Limited pilot, occupied the U-17′s cockpit and earned ABRA’s “Rookie of the Year” award for his inaugural unlimited driving performance.
The U-17 raced in Tri-Cities and Seattle in its first two seasons. Then in 2009, Our Gang set out to run the entire season on the unlimited circuit. Even running with a small, all volunteer crew, the team produced respectable results, made the final heat in the last four races (including Doha, Qatar) and finished the season sixth in national points.
After dropping to 8th place in 2010, the team came back strong in 2011, recording it’s first heat victories with 8 and finished on the podium 3 times, two being 2nd place. The team was in the top three in high points until the final race where they finished a team best 5th.
More information on news, updates, pictures and videos can be found on Our Gang Racing’s website at www.ourgangracing.com.
Representative Owner: Nate Brown
Nate Brown has over 30 years of experience in boat building, racing, and driving. A Hall of Champion inductee, Nate was named the Unlimited Rookie of the Year when he built and drove the Miss Rock in 1992. In 2001, he drove the Miss E-Lam Plus to victory in Seattle and San Diego including setting a new world speed record. Nate won two more in 2002 at Madison and Tri-Cities. In 2004 at Detroit, Nate won the APBA Gold Cup, the most prestigious and oldest motorsports trophy, with Kim Gregory’s MISS DYC.
Crew Chief: Dave Bell
David took over the duties of the crew chief in 2011. He excelled in the job getting the crew and boat where it needed to be to have a successful season. And that it did with 3 podium finishes and 8 heat victories. David Bell was awarded the H1 Unlimited Crew Chief of the Year award for 2011.
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- Boat Name: Spirit of Qatar
- Team Website: http://www.ourgangracing.com
- Owner: Our Gang Racing, LLC
- Representative Owner: Nate Brown
- Founded: 2006
- Home Port: Preston, WA
- Driver: Kip Brown
- Boat Colors: Maroon & White
- Primary Sponsor: Qatar
- Associate Sponsors: Red Dot - Silver Cloud Inns - Talking Rain Ice
- Builder: Our Gang Racing Team
- Design Consultant: Dale VanWieringen
- Engine Builder: Turbine Engine Warehouse and Whispering Turbines
- Crew Chief: Dave Bell
Tiffany Troxell Brown
- Team Manager: Nate Brown
- Length: 29' 10"
- Width: 14' 6"
- Weight: 6750 lbs.
- Engine: Lycoming T-55/L-7 Turbine
- 2012 Boat Points: 3468
- 2012 Driver Points: 3468
- 2012 Season Finish: 9th