Corey Peabody is once again behind the wheel of the U-9 Strong Racing Unlimited in 2023. An elementary school classmate of J. Michael Kelly, Peabody has been racing outboard hydroplanes alongside Kelly since 1998.
Corey became a qualified H1 Unlimited hydroplane driver in 2016 after spending three years as a crew member for J. Michael Kelly. He spent the 2019 season driving the U-98 Graham Trucking American Dream, finishing in a very respectable 5th place.
Peabody joined Strong Racing in 2021 and picked up his first career Unlimited victory at the 2021 HAPO Columbia Cup, in the hometown of owners Darrell & Vanessa Strong. In a thrilling victory at the 2022 Guntersville Hydrofest, Peabody won the most prestigious trophy in boat racing – the APBA Gold Cup – a first for himself and for Strong Racing.
As part of a team reorganization in late 2022, Peabody has also assumed additional responsibilities in his new role as Team General Manager.
- Began racing outboard hydroplanes in 1998 alongside grade school classmate (and now Strong Racing teammate) J. Michael Kelly.
- First qualified as an H1 Unlimited driver in 2016, after spending 3 years as an H1 Unlimited crew member for J. Michael Kelly.
- His first race as a driver was the 2016 APBA Gold Cup in Detroit, Mich., driving the U-57, Spirit of Detroit for Ted Porter. (7th place finish)
- Claimed first ever H1 Unlimited victory at the 2021 HAPO Columbia Cup
- Won the 2022 APBA Gold Cup in the Guntersville Lake Hydrofest
- Finished on the podium at every race during the 2021 H1 Unlimited Season. He was the only driver to do so.
- Drove the U-98 Graham Trucking, American Dream, hydroplane for Rob Graham in 2019. He finished 5th Place in Driver National High Points
- Married to wife, Stacey, and has 3 children: daughters Ryley (18), and Leighton (11), and son Rayce (9).