U-91 Miss Goodman Real Estate

Jeff Bernard
Jeff BernardDriver

Jeff Bernard is a 4th generation boat racer and has been racing powerboats since he was 9 years old.
Jeff’s first ride in an unlimited hydroplane was in 2005 at 20 years old, driving Fred Leland’s U-99 Miss Lakeridge Paving at Seattle Seafair. In 2006, he joined the Precision Performance Engineering team at the Seattle race taking over the U-5 Formula Boats and remained with the team through the 2011 season.

Bernard’s 1st unlimited race victory was the 2008 Indiana Governor’s Cup in Madison, Indiana, in the U-5 FormulaBoats.com. Later that season, he won the Bill Muncey Cup in San Diego. His 3rd career win came in 2009 at Evansville, Indiana. Jeff has finished 2nd in H1 Unlimited National Driver High Points 3 times.

Jeff has additional driving experience with the U-7 Spirit of Detroit in 2018, U-7 Graham Trucking in 2016, U-21 Fox Plumbing & Heating in 2014, and U-17 Miss Red Dot in 2012. He also has been the back-up driver and radio spotter for the Spirit of Qatar racing team in 2013 and for Miss Madison Racing in 2015. He drove the U-1918 Oberto Specialty Meats hydroplane in 2019 for Miss Madison Racing.

Bernard holds 12 National Championships in limited hydroplane racing, 14 Regional Championships, 4 Summer National titles, 2 World Championships, 6 Western Divisional titles, 1 Eastern Divisional title, 1 North American Championship, and 10 World Records in various classes on APBA Inboard Racing. He has been inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions 4 times.

Jeff is a native of Allen Park, Michigan and currently resides in Kent, WA with his wife, Christabelle and their daughters, Blakely and Rilynn. He is a Fuel Cell Structural Mechanic at the Boeing Company.

Charlie Grooms
Charlie GroomsRepresentative Owner

Charlie Grooms:
Charlie Grooms has been with the Miss Madison Racing Team for over 40 years.

He started washing parts when his uncle, Jon Peddie, was named the team’s driver in 1977. Over the years, he graduated through the ranks to become Crew Chief. Currently, Grooms is the President, Team Manager and Owners’ Representative. He oversees all aspects of the team including sponsorships, logistics, budgeting, personnel and other administrative duties.

When not racing, Charlie and wife, Nancy reside in Madison, Indiana and operate private businesses. They have three daughters, Codi, Cati, and Cortni who assist the Miss Madison team at race sites with merchandise sales.
Miss Madison Team:
The Miss Madison Racing Team was established in 1961 when industrialist Sam DuPont donated his unlimited hydroplane known as Nitrogen to the people of Madison, Indiana. The U-6 Miss Madison has been campaigning on the unlimited circuit ever since – the longest running continuous team in the sport.

When the original Miss Madison hydroplane was destroyed in a racing accident in 1962, DuPont sold his second boat, Nitrogen II, to the city for $5,000. The world’s only community owned hydroplane is administered by a board of directors appointed by the city’s mayor. Charlie Grooms serves as President of the Miss Madison, Inc. Board and Team Manager.

The team has amassed 34 race victories, 6 A.P.B.A. Gold Cup victories (1971, 2014, ’15, ’17, ’19, ‘21) and 10 National High Points Championships (2008, ’09, ’10, ’12, ’14, ’15, ’16, ’17, ’19, ‘21). Throughout the years the team has raced in partnership with sponsors including American Speedy Printing, Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Valvoline, DeWalt Power Tools, Kellogg’s and Oberto Beef Jerky. In 2016, Seattle based HomeStreet Bank became the sponsor of Miss Madison. Some of the biggest names in the sport of hydroplane racing have raced with the Miss Madison Team.

Miss Madison’s most iconic win came in 1971 when Jim McCormick captured the A.P.B.A. Gold Cup in front of the hometown fans on the Ohio River. The story of the victory became the movie, Madison released in 2005. Jimmy Shane drove the Miss Madison to an A.P.B.A. Gold Cup victory in 2014 on the Detroit River, the team’s first since 1971 and has added Gold Cup wins in 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021.

The U-91 Miss Goodman Real Estate hydroplane was built by the Miss Madison team and entered competition in 2007.

Mike Hanson
Mike HansonCrew Chief

Michael Hanson has a long history as a hydroplane racer, crew chief and builder. He first qualified as an unlimited class driver in 1986 driving Fred Leland’s U-100. He moved to Ritchie Sutphen’s U-66 Sutphen Spirit in 1988, but when the team disbanded mid-season due to a crash, he became available to drive for Miss Madison Racing. Michael was with Miss Madison from that time until 1998. He had one win driving Miss Madison at San Diego in 1993. In unprecedented fashion, Michael drove from trailer position at the start of the race to take the win. Mike collected 3 additional unlimited victories. As back-up driver for an injured Chip Hanauer, he drove Miss Budweiser to victory at the 1994 Texas Hydrofest.

After moving to Jones Racing in 1999, he won the 2001 A.P.B.A. Gold Cup on the Detroit River and the 2002 Bill Muncey Cup in San Diego.

After a request from then Miss Madison, Inc. Chairman, Bob Hughes, Michael returned to Miss Madison Racing in 2004 as Crew Chief. With the Oberto sponsorship and a new Miss Madison hull in 2007, Michael led the team to numerous victories and 4 National Championships before his departure following the 2013 season. In 2018, Michael along with his brother, Larry, led the completion of building the team’s new racing hull introduced in Tri-Cities, WA in August of that year. In 2019, Michael was back leading the Miss Madison crew.

Michael lives in Bonney Lake, WA with his wife, Tonya. Michael and Tonya have two grown children, Trevor and Aubrey, who have worked alongside their Dad on hydroplane crews throughout the years.

U-91 Miss Goodman Real Estate
U-91 Miss Goodman Real EstateCrew

Team Manager: Charlie Grooms
Crew Chief: Michael Hanson / Troy Holmberg
Driver: Jeff Bernard
Tim Collins
Butch Corning
Kevin Davis
Richard Dunn
Kirk Grooms
Aubrey Hanson
Bryn Holmberg
Mike Jackson
John Leschinski
Rick Sargent

Miss Goodman Real Estate U-91 Merchandising Team:
Nancy Grooms
Cati Grooms
CK Loudermilk
Codi Grooms
Cortni Grooms

Miss Goodman Real Estate U-91 Social Media and Marketing Team:
Julie Hooton
Mark Hooton

Goodman Real Estate - Seattle, WA
Goodman Real Estate - Seattle, WAPrimary Sponsor

Founded in 1991 by John Goodman, Goodman Real Estate, Inc. (GRE) is a leading privately held real estate investment company specializing in multifamily and commercial real estate. Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Goodman Real Estate maintains a diversified portfolio of property investments across the United States and Canada.

Goodman Real Estate is company with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Goodman is a Seattle native and GRE’s core values of Trust, Value and Humility are reflected not only in its business partnerships, but also in its local charitable giving and commitment to local issues.

John founded the Goodman Foundation in 2005. The mission of the Goodman Foundation is to fund organizations that support children and their families. Through this foundation, he supports the Boys & Girls Club, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Big Brother/Big Sister program, amongst many others. A Seattle-native, John is married with three kids and enjoys spending time with his friends and family, racing, golfing, and boating.

  • Team Website: www.missmadisonhydro.com
  • Founded: 1961
  • Home Port: Madison, IN
  • Boat Colors: Black/Gold
  • Primary Sponsor: Goodman Real Estate
  • Builder: Madison
  • Public Relations: Mark Hooton
  • Hull Built: 2007
  • Engine: Lycoming T-55/L-7 Turbine
  • Length: 32′
  • Width: 14′ 4″
  • Weight: 6,260 lbs.