The Go3 Racing Team is very proud to announce that we will continue our partnership with HomeStreet Bank (NYSE: HMST) for the remainder of the 2015 H1 Unlimited season.
The Miss HomeStreet Bank will compete in the Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest (August 22-23) and the San Diego Bayfair (September 18-20).
Also we would like to thank our associate sponsors Evans Marine Service, Whispering Turbines, Paul Parish Limited, Green City Heating and Air Conditioning, and Hardy Brake and Electric.
We also can't forget our loyal fans, many of which generously donated to our GoFundMe account, and helped get us back on the water this summer.
Without the fantastic sponsorship of HomeStreet Bank and all our associate sponsors, we could not do what we love to do, and do best: race the Big Red Turbinator!
The Miss HomeStreet Bank is coming off a hard earned 4th place finish at the Albert Lee Appliance Cup in Seattle, after starting the final heat in the trailer position. Jimmy King fought hard and moved the Go3 thru the field, at one point closing in on a podium spot. We have high hopes of improving on that in Detroit next weekend.
Jimmy has piloted the Miss HomeStreet Bank to a 1st and 2nd place this summer in heat racing. The Big Red Turbinator stands 7th out of the 13 boat H1 fleet in National High points, and is closing in on the Go Fast Turn Left team for 6th place.
Now in its 95th year, Northwest-based HomeStreet Bank is a diversified financial services company with 102 retail deposit branches and lending centers in the Western US and Hawaii. They have been serving folks in their financial needs since 1921.
For more on HomeStreet Bank, “LIKE” them on Facebook and thank them for their sponsorship of the Go3 Racing Team and supporting Unlimited Hydroplane racing.
Check out their website at www.homestreet.com .
After making the more than 2000 mile journey home, the team is preparing for the Spirit of Detroit Hydrofest next weekend. Two tough weekends racing on the Columbia River and Lake Washington have left the Big Red Turbinator a bit battered, but repairs the veteran Go3 Racing crew can’t handle. She'll be race ready.
The next time you'll see the Miss HomeStreet Bank on the water is testing in Detroit on Saturday August 22, with qualifying on the same day.
The final heat is scheduled for 4:10pm on Sunday.
Seafair Saturday Provides Plenty of Action
August 1, 2015
SEATTLE---It wasn't the championship final, but the preliminary heats provided more than enough action on the first day of H1 Unlimited Hydroplane racing Saturday at the Albert Lee Cup at Seafair.
From the tight battle with Jimmy Shane outlasting Cal Phipps to the Jimmy King’s first heat win since the 2009 Seafair race then to the battle of the day when J Michael Kelly came from behind to edge the race’s top qualifier Jean Theoret, the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane fleet provided a glimpse of what type of battle could take place for the championship Sunday on Lake Washington.
While Shane in the Oberto started the day with a good battle outlasting Phipps in the Dalton Industries hydroplane, the next two preliminary heats created the big stories.
First, Jimmy King won his first heat since 2009 in the Allison powered Homestreet Bank boat and then J Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking U-5 came from behind to edge the race’s fastest qualifier Jean Theoret in the Ellstrom Elam Plus.
Not only did he outrace the turbine engine-powered fleet in his piston-powered craft, after the heat King raced to his computer to watch with his son Robbie win his second heat of racing in the 2500 Formula category in an inboard regatta in Quebec, Canada.
“It is a good day for the King family,” said King. “We did everything we wanted to do to win our heat and Robbie just won his second heat of racing. We had all sorts of issues last week in Tri-Cities, and I just feel good for Ed (Cooper) our owner. They did a lot of work on this boat and it shows.”
Shipping to anywhere in the lower 48 states the Griggs Presents Miss Ace Hardware Gold Cup 2015 t-shirts are on sale online now. Click on the picture or this link to go to the online store and purchase a limited edition "Return of the Turbinator" t-shirt.
Click here to see onboard video of the Miss HomeStreet Bank looking back at the 3000+ horespowered Allison V12 engine. Click here for the video.
“I just want to work on my boat, race it and have fun doing it.”
That’s what Go3 Racing Owner Ed Cooper is saying these days. The team officially announced this past Friday (July 17) it would return to the H1 Unlimited tour for the first time since the 2009 season. Other than two laps in Madison in 2010, and a 2014 exhibition event in Evansville, Indiana, the team has not competed in an Unlimited race for the past six years. The decision to race again came after months of conversations between new H1 Unlimited Chairman Steve David and Cooper. Those talks picked up again several days after the season-opening race in Madison, Indiana. Both sides finally mutually agreed on several points of contention in previous talks, and the return of the sport’s only piston powered Unlimited hydroplane was set.
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