Driver Profile: Mike Webster
Mike Webster began racing at the age of 10 in the J stock outboard classes, driving both hydros and runabouts on the East Coast. He capped off a very successful introduction to boat racing by winning the 1990 J Stock Hydro Eastern Divisionals and a long, successful racing career was underway.
In 1994 Mike moved to the Inboard category and was the 1995 National High Point Champion in the Z class at 15 years old.
Through high school and college, he continued racing and accumulated numerous regional titles. At East Stroudsburg University he earned a teaching degree in Health and Physical Education and competed as a distance runner.
After college, Webster moved up to the highly competitive National Modified class and won the 2004 and 2005 National High Point Championships and World Championships in that class.
In 2006 he raced with the Unlimited Light racing group traveling the East and West Coast circuit.
2009 was Mike’s first season in an Unlimited. He drove the family’s newly acquired boat to 11th overall in National points and earned Rookie of the Year honors.
In 2010, Webster Racing improved to 7th overall in National High points and the team and driver continued to improve until disaster struck on the backstretch of the Gold Cup course on the Detroit River in July of 2012.
As Mike passed by the historic Detroit Yacht club, battling two other drivers at more than 200 mph in a boat the team had purchased from the Madison team in 2011, a devastating blow over accident turned Webster’s promising new ride into a badly broken race boat.
An extensive rebuild in the team’s Reading, Pennsylvania shop had the boat ready for the H1 Unlimited domestic season opener in Sacramento, California the end of May.
Mike still makes his home in Reading, where he is a school teacher. Mike and his wife Melissa have a daughter Hailey and son Michael.
Team Profile: Webster Racing
Webster Racing of Reading, Pennsylvania is very much a family operation. Steve Webster, a former inboard racer himself, and his wife Sue watched son Mike develop into one of the top inboard racers on the East Coast as a teen-ager, moving quickly up through the ranks of the National Mod and Unlimited Light classes.
With plans to join the H1 Unlimited Series, Webster Racing purchased the U-3 Master Tire hull in 2007 and spent two years making the conversion from piston to turbine power. Mike would be named the 2009 H1 Unlimited Rookie of the Year in his first year as an unlimited driver.
Before the 2011 season, the team purchased the ex-Oh Boy! Oberto hull that the Miss Madison team had used as a backup hull since their new hull was finished in 2007. Coming in at almost 1000 lbs. lighter than their old hull “Tubby”, the new U-22 Great Scott! presents Matrix Automotive Finishes promised a significant boost in performance, and with extensive tuning and refitting, the team made the “new” hull race-ready for the 2011 season.
The new hull made the team more competitive and showed great progress until a devastating crash at the 2012 Gold Cup sidelined the team for the rest of the season. The boat underwent a major rebuild and returned to the series in 2013.
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- Boat Name: Webster Racing
- Team Website: http://www.websterracing.com/
- Owner: Webster Racing
- Founded: 2009
- Home Port: Reading, PA
- Driver: Mike Webster
- Boat Colors: White/Red/Blue
- Associate Sponsors: Matrix System
- Crew Chief: John Walters
- Engine: Lycoming T-55/L-7 Turbine
- 2012 Boat Points: 3639
- 2012 Driver Points: 3639
- 2012 Season Finish: 8th