Thurs PM Update

As of Thurs. evening, Here's a list of the boats in the Stan Sayres Pits, in order or arrival:

  • U-10 USA Racing/Hoss Mortage
  • U-17 Our Gang Racing/RedDot
  • U-6 Oh Boy Oberto/Miss Madison
  • U-5 Formula
  • U-7 Formula
  • U-3 Cooper Racing/Hoss Mortage Too
  • U-50 Spirit of the Navy/Albert Lee
  • U-25 Superior Racing/Procraft Windows
  • U-1 Elam Plus presents Amos W. Hoss
  • U-13 Graham Trucking/Spirit of Detroit

Not in pits yet:

  • U-37 Beacon Plumbing - still in shop finishing repairs, Billy & Jane Schumacher were at the pits today.
  • U-100 racing - no official word, boat is expected Friday
  • U-48 Lakeridge Paving - finishing repairs, is expected Friday
  • U-787 Elam/Boeing Salute to Seafair - is at the H.A.R.M. Annual Gala Dinner & AuctionThursday evening, is expected in the pits

Friday morning Testing/Qualifying starts Friday morning at 8:30 am.

Weather today was partly sunny, then overcast, and then a little drizzle late in the day but water conditions were great. Overheard several diff. team crew members saying the conditions today were great, wished they could have run today. Forecast is for more of the same Friday and getter warmer and sunny by race day Sat. & Sunday

Another note, I did see the "top secret" Jet A/Coconut Oil Biofuel blend delivered today from Imperium Renewables to the U-1 team, same stuff I saw at the U-787 & Elam test session a few weeks ago.Also, about 9-10+ of the Unlimited Lights were in the pits too. A few more expected tomorrow.

Let's Go racin'... Lon Erickson - Thanks for the update Lon!

PHOTOS: Scott Pierce goes for a ride with Mark Evans

U-3 team working out motor issues

Ed Cooper is trying to figure out why his turbocharged Allisons keep popping. They fried a piston after heat 3B at Tri-Cities, and couldn't determine how it happened. So rather than losing another motor before Seattle, the team had to dig in and try to find more data.

Formula Boats "hanging out" at Red Dot

The Formula Boats hydros (U-5 and U-7) will be wearing the name of their host from the past week at Seafair this weekend.

Red Dot Corporation, a long-time supporter of hydroplane racing from the unlimiteds to 1/10-scale models of unlimiteds, hosted the two-boat team of Ted Porter this week at their worldwide headquarters in Kent, reports Red Dot VP Gary Hansen.

"They are really nice folks and we are happy to host them," Hansen said. "They lent Nate a rudder for last week at Tri Cities. Both Formula boats will have Red Dot Corporation on them."

The all-red boats will have Red Dot decals aboard throughout Seafair weekend. It will be the third time that Red Dot has supported Formula's racing in Seattle. Red Dot, is also, of course, a supporter of Nate Brown's U-17 Our Gang Racing Team.