Sam Cole, Mark Weber on ABRA/APBA alignment


ABRA's Sam Cole:

"I think it's long overdue. I'm really thrilled to be able to bring back the Martini Rossi trophy to our national champion... and work with APBA to promote boat racing around the world."

"Brings the tradition back. All of our drivers have come up through APBA inboard race, our officials comes from APBA. It's a natural progression."

"It looks to the future, but preserves the past."

APBA's Mark Weber:

"We think this is good for the boat racing industry. We move through challenging times in an industry that needs support right now. United we stand."

"Having Unlimiteds back within our organization, that's good. It will take some confusion out of the industry. "It shows a good strong relationship and confidence" for the industry and potential sponsors.

Should also help race sites by pooling insurance, thereby reducing costs.