Driver Profile: J. Michael Kelly
J. Michael Kelly was re-introduced as a driver for Team Porter on November 7, 2013, when he returned to the team after a three-year hiatus when he drove the DegreeMen and Miss Beacon Plumbing for Billy & Jane Schumacher.
Kelly won the first of Team Porter’s four Oryx Cup World Championships in November 2009, claiming the inaugural Doha, Qatar race with the 7 Graham Trucking.
Kelly drove for Team Porter as the pilot of the 7 Graham Trucking in 2009-10, when he finished on the podium eight times in 12 races – one first, five seconds, and two thirds. His first career win in the unlimiteds was the 2009 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship victory, starting Porter’s dominance at the Oryx Cup. Kelly has been a fixture among the top drivers in the sport since breaking in to the unlimited ranks.
The 2014 season will be Kelly’s 27th season of boat racing. During his career, he has set 23 world records in various classes, six of which are still current, and is a three-time American Power Boat Association Hall of Champions inductee (2003, 2004, and 2010). Kelly also has a total of eight national championships, 15 high points championships, and 25 APBA divisional titles. In 2009, Kelly won the New Zealand Des Geddes Memorial Grand Prix Hydro event. He also became the first person in APBA history to win four championships in a single Nationals, at the 2010 event.
The 2004 unlimited class Rookie of the Year, Kelly was also winner of the Babcock Award in 2003 and 2004. Kelly and his wife Angela have two sons, Brennan and Carson, and live in Bonney Lake, Wash.
Team Profile: Team Porter Racing
Ted Porter and family entered unlimited hydroplane racing in 2005 as sponsor of Chad Sanderson’s U-5. The U-5 carried the name of the Decatur, Indiana based Porter family business, Formula Boats by Thunderbird Products. In 2006, Ted stepped up his involvement in the sport by purchasing the hulls known as T-5 & T-6 from Hydroplanes, Inc. and formed Precision Performance Engineering, LLC to campaign one boat as the U-5 Formulaboats.com and the second as U-7 Formulaboats.com II.
In 2012, new driver Jimmy Shane scored two victories and drove the team to second place in the ANG H1 Series season high point standings.
In 2013, Shane drove the 5 Graham Trucking to wins in Doha, Seattle, Coeur d’Alene and San Diego and captured the 2013 H1 Series High Point Championship.
Owner: Team Porter Racing
Ted Porter entered the sport of unlimited hydroplane racing as a sponsor of Chad Sanderson’s U-5 in 2005. In 2006, Ted stepped up to owner in a big way by purchasing all the assets of U-5 Racing as well as 2 championship hydroplanes and much of the remaining Miss Budweiser equipment from the family of Bernie Little. Precision Performance Engineering, LLC was formed as the parent company for the race team based in Ted’s hometown of Decatur, Indiana. Ted made the decision to campaign both boats numbering them U-5 and U-7 with both carrying the Formulaboats.com name.
Born in Decatur, Indiana and a lifelong resident, Ted grew up around boats in the family boat manufacturing business, Formula Boats by Thunderbird Products, and boating remains an important part of his life. Ted is active in the family business as part owner and VP Human Resources. His love of water and water born sports is what drew him to Unlimited Hydroplane racing. Ted lives on the family’s horse farm near Decatur with his wife Emily and their sons Danny 24, Chris 22, and Josh 16. Most family weekends are occupied with horseback riding, lake boating, or boat racing related activities.
The U-5/U-7 Racing team won the National High Points Championship in their first year of competition. Never before in the history of the sport had a rookie team, rookie driver, and a rookie crew chief won this highest honor. In 2008 the U-5/U-7 Racing team won more races and heats than any other team on the unlimited hydroplane racing circuit. In 2009, the U-7 captured the U.I.M. World Championship for the team. In 2010, the team expanded to 3 with the addition of the U-57, becoming the first team to enter and place 3 boats in a final heat in San Diego, California.
In 2011 – the three boat team had great success with boats 5, 7 & 57 all making several final heats.
For the 2012 season, the U-57 has been sold to Evans Brothers Racing and PPE LC will campaign only the U-5 with sponsorship from Graham Trucking.
2006 Regates de Valleyfield winner (U-7, Mike Allen)
2006 National High Points Champion (U-7)
2008 Indiana Governors Cup winner & 2008 Bill Muncey Cup winner (U-5, Jeff Bernard)
2008 Crew of the Year
2009 Thunder on the Ohio winner and 2nd place (U-5, Jeff Bernard; U-7 J. Michael Kelly)
2009 Oryx Cup & UIM World Champion (U-7, J. Michael Kelly)
2009 Crew Chief of the Year
2010 Owner of the Year
2011 Oryx Cup & UIM World Champion 1st, 2nd, & 4th (#7 Scott Liddycoat, #5 Jeff Bernard, #57 Jimmy Shane)
2013 4 wins and 2013 H1 Series High Point Championship.
Crew Chief: Tom Anderson
Tom Anderson has been involved in unlimited hydroplane racing as a crew member for 28+ years. Tom has spent a majority of those years as a primary turbine engine mechanic and Crew Chief for owners Ron Jones Jr., Jim Harvey and Fred Leland in addition to his current role as Crew Chief for owner Ted Porter’s U-5 unlimited hydroplane.
Tom joined the PPE, LLC team as crew member and turbine mechanic on the U-7 unlimited hydroplane for the 2007 and 2008 seasons. In 2008, Tom moved to the U-5 to serve as Crew Chief. Tom has led the U-5 crew and driver Jeff Bernard to 3 race victories. The first victory for U-5 came at the 2008 Indiana Governor’s Cup race in Madison, Indiana. The U-5 became the only repeat winner in 2008 by capturing the Bill Muncey Cup in San Diego, California. The U-5 scored a thrilling win at the 2009 Thunder on the Ohio in Evansville, Indiana after a deck-to-deck battle with teammate U-7.
Professionally, Tom left full time boat racing in the late 1990s to work in Boeing’s wind tunnels operating the Transonic and Super Sonic tunnels. He has since left Boeing and is currently a plant supervisor for Puget Sound Energy.
Tom lives in Renton, Washington with his wife Kellie and son Brody.
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- Boat Name: Graham Trucking
- Team Website: http://www.u5racing.com/
- Owner: Team Porter Racing
- Founded: 2005
- Home Port: Decatur, IN
- Driver: J. Michael Kelly
- Driver Rookie Year: 2004
- Boat Colors: Red/Black
- Primary Sponsor: Graham Trucking
- Builder: Hydroplanes, Inc.
- Designer: Hydroplanes, Inc.
- Crew Chief: Tom Anderson
Andrew “Goober” Werling
- Public Relations: Nelson Holmberg
- Hull Built: 2000
- Length: 28'6"
- Width: 14'
- Weight: 6750 lbs
- Engine: T-55/L-7 Turbine
- 2014 Boat Points: 8736
- 2014 Driver Points: 8736
- 2014 Season Finish: 2nd
(1) 2006 – Valleyfield, Quebec (Valleyfield Regatta)
(2) 2008 – Madison, Ind. (Madison Regatta)
(3) 2008 – San Diego, Calif. (San Diego Bayfair)
(4) 2009 – Evansville, Ind. (Thunder on the Ohio)
(5) 2009 – Doha, Qatar (Oryx Cup/UIM World Championship)
(6) 2011 – Doha, Qatar (Oryx Cup/UIM World Championship)
(7) 2012 – Tri-Cities, Wash. (Lamb Weston Columbia Cup)
(8) 2012 – Doha, Qatar (Oryx Cup/UIM World Championship)
(9) 2013 – Doha, Qatar (Oryx Cup/UIM World Championship) driver – Jimmy Shane
(10) 2013 – Seattle, WA (Albert Lee Cup at Seafair) driver – Jimmy Shane
(11) 2013 – Coeur d’Alene, ID (Diamond Cup) driver – Jimmy Shane
(12) 2013 – San Diego, CA (Bayfair) driver – Jimmy Shane
(13) 2014 – Madison, IN (Madison Regatta) driver – J.Michael Kelly
(14) 2014 – Seattle, WA (Seafair Cup) driver – J.Michael Kelly
(15) 2014 – San Diego, Calif. (San Diego Bayfair) driver – J.Michael Kelly