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 Position||Boat Name||Driver||Boat Number|
|1||Tubby's Grilled Subs||Michael Hanson||U-9|
|2||Miss Znetix I||Greg Hopp||U-100|
|3||Oh Boy! Oberto||Steve David||U-6|
|4||Shelby Enterprises presents Miss DYC||Mark Weber||U-10|
|5||Miss Budweiser||Dave Villwock||U-1|
|6||U-Miss Znetix II||Terry Troxell||U-99|
|7||Roy O'Brien Ford||Dr. Ken Muscatel||U-25|
|8||Miss Chrysler Jeep||Scott Pierce||U-2|
|9||Master Tire||Mitch Evans||U-3|
|10||LLumar Window Film||Jimmy King||U-8|
|11||Miss EMCOR presents Miss DYC||Mike Weber||U-15|
Remaining 2001 Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series Tour Stops
|July 27-29||Tri-Cities, Wash.||Budweiser Columbia Cup|
|August 3-5||Seattle||General Motors Cup at Seafair|
|September 14-16||San Diego||San Diego Bayfair|