Corey Peabody
Corey PeabodyDriver

Rookie driver, 40-year-old Corey Peabody is behind the wheel of the U-98 Graham Trucking American Dream, the team’s second entry at select races. Peabody became a qualified H1 Unlimited hydroplane driver in 2016 after spending three years on the crew. His only race came in 2016 in the 100th running of the American Power Boat Racing’s Gold Cup trophy race, the holly-grail to boat racers around the world. Much like a red-shirt college athlete, Peabody is considered a rookie because he has not competed in more than three races in a season.

An elementary school classmate of J. Michael Kelly, driver of the U-12 Graham Trucking, Peabody has been racing outboard hydroplanes alongside Kelly since 1998.

Long-time hydroplane crewman, Brooke Tyler IV, is the crew chief for Peabody’s team.

Purchased in the off-season by Rob Graham after Stacey Briseno tragically passed away prior to the start of the last race in 2018, Graham was concerned about the possibility of the sport losing the race team. As a tribute to his company’s first primary sponsorship in 1998, he renumbered the boat after that year and emulates the paint job as well.

Rob Graham
Rob GrahamOwner

Since 1995, Rob Graham has been one of the most visible sponsors in boat racing. And he is excited about it.

Thirty-plus years ago, Graham and his company – Graham Trucking, Inc. – first became involved with racing, sponsoring one of his employees 2.5 liters then moving into the Grand nationals and finally into the newly formed Unlimited Lights class. As title sponsor of Jerry and Greg Hopp’s ULHRA team, Graham Trucking enjoyed sponsorship success right out of the gates. Graham played a vital role in the UL class until 2008 when the class was broken up.

Graham’s history in the sport is deep and famous – particularly in Seattle, where Graham Trucking has, for many years, hosted VIPs and employees in their hospitality area just inside the pits at Seafair. He’s been a long-time sponsor of various unlimited hydroplanes and has been the title sponsor of the Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair, which has featured everything from Unlimited Lights hydroplanes to Grand Prix West hydroplanes, as well as the Formula 1 boats that have raced as a part of the Seafair race card for the last several years. Graham Trucking has also been the title sponsor of the Grand Prix Thunder Cup in Tri-Cities as well as title sponsor of many other local races.

Rob Graham started Graham trucking in 1983 and was a driver, mechanic, billing clerk and dispatcher until he had purchased enough trucks and hired enough drivers to support an office staff. Based at the time at terminal 115 in south Seattle Graham was primarily focused on the Alaska barge trade. Graham Trucking was one of the early pioneers of heavy containerized cargo and built many of their own super chassis to accommodate these heavy ocean containers. Graham now has one of the largest super chassis fleets for its port and barge division. They also have refrigerated and flatbed divisions dedicated to “local” short haul for perishables, Seafood and construction.

Today it is common to see Graham Trucking rigs running up and down Interstate 5 between Portland and Seattle, the I-90 corridor, and across the Pacific Northwest

Brooke Tyler IV
Brooke Tyler IVCrew Chief

Brooke was practically born into racing, attending races with his parents growing up and starting as a crew member in Unlimited racing as a helper on the 1982 Atlas Van Lines team.

From 1982 to present, he has been a crew member for all of Jim Harvey’s teams, for Porter Racing and for Graham Trucking. He has been Crew Chief on Porter’s Formulaboats.com team beginning in 2006, and with Graham Trucking beginning in 2016.

2019 marks Brooke’s 37th year in Unlimited racing, the only category of boat racing he has ever participated in.

Brooke, who owns Tyler Equipment Co., lives in Windsor, CT with wife Meri Lee and daughter Charlotte and son Ben.

Bob Burks, Snohomish, Wash.
Ray Burton, Tacoma, Wash.
Chris Sparks, Raymond, Wash.
Ken Warren, Covington, Wash.

Graham Trucking
Graham Trucking

Robert Graham purchased our first semi tractor in 1983 and shortly after formed the company Graham Trucking, Inc. He purchased a second truck, then a third, until we had grown to about a dozen trucks. Based at that time at Port of Seattle Terminal 115 South, our main business was barge lines doing business between Washington and Alaska.

The company is now based just south of the SeaTac airport on 188th and has truck and trailer yards along the I-5 corridor. We operate over 100 power units and own one of the largest super chassis fleets on the west coast. While Graham Trucking continues to service the Alaska barge trade, we have expanded our service to include international freight, construction trade, retail supply, distribution, and others. Our customers are construction companies, retail chains, freight forwarders, steamship lines, seafood companies, consolidators, logistics companies, produce suppliers, and many others.

Team Website: www.grahamtruckingracing.com
Team Founded: 2019
Home Port: Fife, WA
Driver: Corey Peabody
Driver Rookie Year: 2016
Boat Colors: Red/White/Blue
Primary Sponsor: Graham Trucking
Builder: Leland Unlimited
Hull Built: 1998
Length: 29’4″
Width: 14′ 6″
Weight: 7000 lbs
Engine: T-55/L-7 Turbine
Team Victories [prior to the start of the season]: 0
2018 Season Finish: 7th [ran as U-99.9 CARSTAR powered Miss Rock/driver Aaron Salmon]