DETROIT — In what is becoming a season of parity — three different races with three different winners — for Unlimited hydroplane racing, Michael Hanson of Bonneylake, Wash. won the Chrysler Jeep APBA Gold Cup July 15. The event was the third race of the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series Presented by Laughlin.

Piloting the U-9 Tubby's Grilled Subs entry, Hanson earned the third
Unlimited hydroplane victory of his career. It was the first win for team owners Lori and Mike Jones.

"This is pretty sweet," said Hanson in a press release from Hydro/P.R.O.P. "Our team has come a long way. They did a terrific job repairing the boat after Madison."

"To win our first career race as owners is amazing," said Lori Jones. "But to have the Gold Cup as our first win is absolutely the best feeling in the world."

Greg Hopp took second place in owner Fred Leland's Miss Znetix I. Steve David, won the Madison, Ind., event one week ago in Oh Boy! Oberto finished third.

"Give Mike and Lori and the entire team a lot of credit," said David. "They worked hard during the off-season and especially this week repairing the boat. I would have liked to make it two in a row but I guess today was just their day."

The Chrysler Jeep APBA Gold Cup will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday,
August 11 at 4 p.m. (EDT). The next stop on the Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series Presented by Laughlin is the Budweiser Columbia Cup at Tri-Cities, Wash., on July 27-29.

Chrysler Jeep APBA Gold Cup Results:

Finishing PositionBoat NameDriverBoat Number
1Tubby's Grilled SubsMichael HansonU-9
2Miss Znetix IGreg HoppU-100
3Oh Boy! ObertoSteve DavidU-6
4Shelby Enterprises presents Miss DYCMark WeberU-10
5Miss BudweiserDave VillwockU-1
6U-Miss Znetix IITerry TroxellU-99
7Roy O'Brien FordDr. Ken MuscatelU-25
8Miss Chrysler JeepScott PierceU-2
9Master TireMitch EvansU-3
10LLumar Window FilmJimmy KingU-8
11Miss EMCOR presents Miss DYCMike WeberU-15

Remaining 2001 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series Tour Stops

July 27-29Tri-Cities, Wash.Budweiser Columbia Cup
August 3-5SeattleGeneral Motors Cup at Seafair
September 14-16San DiegoSan Diego Bayfair