ABRA's Sam Cole reacts to announcement that F1 boat races being held in Evansville before Thunder on the Ohio

ABRA chairman Sam Cole was stunned by another boat race being held in Evansville before Thunder. “We’ll really have to sit back and take a look at this at our board meeting in Madison (Ind., on Feb. 13-14),” Cole said. “I’m more disappointed than upset. We’re trying to preserve something that has happened in Evansville for 30 years.”

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First mate earns water wings

Transplanted New Zealander Paul Russell is living a childhood dream

"I just had to fulfill the dream of one day owning and driving a hydroplane," Russell said. "All of the boating community was so helpful." One member of that community was Terry Troxell, a four-time time Gold Cup winner who Russell described as "the Dale Earnhardt of boat racing." The two met, hit it off, and drove Russell's boat for a shakedown run.

First mate earns water wings >>

VIDEO: Chip Hanauer battles debilitating disorder

He’s a retired hydroplane legend who cheated death on the water and now battles a debilitating voice disorder. So why is Gold Cup champion Chip Hanauer back behind the wheel?

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