Saturday in the Stan Sayres Pits


Welcome everyone, to the Stan Sayres pits along the shores of Lake Washington in Seattle, Washington.

It's Saturday morning, and we're greeted on the pit tower by lots less wind than yesterday, though there's still a slight breeze...but nothing like yesterday's. The skies are cloudy and there's a slight chance of a sprinkle or two this morning, but the skies are expected to clear up by this afternoon. Pretty typical for race weekend in Seattle.

As the unlimited lights make their way to the water for the first testing session of the day (8:30-9:30), we'll share today's schedule for the unlimiteds, and then go see what we can find out in the pits.

All times are Pacific Daylight Time
9:30 a.m. - Unlimited hydroplane testing
11:15 a.m. - Unlimited hydroplane qualifying
2:45 p.m. - Unlimited hydroplane heat 1A presented by Graham Trucking
3 p.m. - Unlimited hydroplane heat 1B presented by KeyBank
3:15 p.m. - Unlimited hydroplane heat 1C
6 p.m. - Ted Jones Memorial Race Course closes

In terms of hydroplane racing, today's schedule is pretty heavy with the unlimited lights, as they will be running heats 1A, and 1B as well as 2A and 2B today.

As we take a quick glance around the pits, we can see that the U-10 and U-1 are on their slings already. The Elam is being put into the water -- but the course is not open to the unlimiteds until 9:30 a.m., which is still 40 minutes away as we write this.

The U-3 pit is pretty quiet, they're trailer firing a turbine on the U-5, and it looks like the U-7, U-17, and U-787 are all ready to go.