U13 Prepares for Season Opener


With less than one week away from the start of the 2008 American Boat Racing Association season, J Michael Kelly, driver of the U-13 Graham Trucking, took a few minutes to speak on the winter season and preparations that the team has done to further their chance at a run for the U-1 designation.

"We have done a few modifications to the boat. We had great chute speed, but we would scrub it off in the turns. So we changed a few things to make us faster in the turns. I think we are in the best shape boat wise that we have ever been. Hopefully we can get it dialed in in Evansville and then go racing from there."

"My biggest concern in racing is not getting a DNF. I am going to stay out of trouble and finish the heats. Be conservative get into the final and then let her fly. With Elam out of the picture for the east coast races that allows some of the other teams to be in a better spot for winning races. You know with Elam trying to further the sport more internationally I think that's great. It's a bummer that they are not going to be there. But, I think in the long run it will be better."

During the winter season Mike has kept busy with his carpentry business, "with the economy in a downturn I have been doing more remodeling and that has kept me real busy. I also go to my girl friends sons' baseball games. I also have been spending time working out on the couch watching television," joked the 29 year old driver.

"I have been racing for 21 years this year. I started when I was 9 and I enjoy this sport. It has become more and more expensive for teams to field a team team. I think that the sport is headed in the right direction and with the Elam excursion into the middle east I think we have a lot more chances of this becoming a world class sport."

With the Evansville race next weekend the team will be leaving their shop in Washington state tomorrow morning. Kelly will join them Wednesday. More to come!


Anonymous said...

J. Michael Kelly is the man. I hope what he is saying will help the boat around the corner's that is what is needed here then the rest will be history, would be nice to see this guy in the winner's circle. JMK loves the media attention OK maybe not. With all that Mountain Dew he drinks on a Weekend of racing to bad Pepsico does not sign him up they already have the colors! I will predict a qualifying speed in Evansville at about 152mph(have a Safe 08 JMK)