Lots of news in the Friday morning media roundup


Lots of articles to peruse!

"The sport is not losing because Villwock is not there. On the contrary, because of the parity, you have four or five race teams that can win the Gold Cup. (Jean Theoret)"
Drivers decry Villwock's absence from Gold Cup >>

"According to Mark Weber, director of operations for this weekend's event on the Detroit River, ticket sales are soaring, thanks, in part, to the depressed economy. With families deciding fuel prices are too steep to make long-distance trips, the quick trek to the city to watch hydroplane racing makes sense. "
Racing in Detroit >>

"This river separates the men from the boys," he (Mark Weber) said Wednesday."It's a driver's race course with a large turn and a small turn. Driving strategy is what's going to win this race."
Roar on the River >>

Miss U.S. 1 will be one of 40 vintage boats at this year's Gold Cup races. "It's the fastest-growing category we have," said Tom Bertolini, president of the Detroit River Regatta Association. "It's taken on the popularity of classic cars. People love these boats because they're the true classics, made out of wood, not fiberglass."
Gold Cup Legend Returns >>

'It’s the biggest race that I’ll ever race at. I grew up here,' said (Jeff) Bernard. 'There’s no race on the circuit that would mean more to go out and win. "
Detroit Gold Cup: Bernard hoping for biggest win >>

"This is like Formula One racing where each team is just seconds apart. But they race on a flat (asphalt) course that never changes and we race on a course where the water moves the surface each and every lap."So for us, to be just seconds apart is amazing. (Jean Theoret)"
Nine to grab for Gold Cup, valuable points at Detroit >>

"Sports and business converge this weekend for a Fraser firm that is banking on a billboard that will travel 150 mph and make lots of noise."
Boating for dollars >>