John Rice will crew the U-7

John Rice rejoins Precision Performance Engineering, LLD where he was instrumental in helping the team achieve the 2006 ABRA National Championship. A former Miss Budweiser crew member, U-5 crew chief and U-10 crew member, Rice becomes the new crew chief of the U-7 unlimited hydroplane. Rice will be a full-time staff member of PPE, LLC residing in Decatur, Indiana.

Steve Montgomery will join ABRA marketing team

Steve Montgomery and his company Montgomery Marketing and Communications have joined ABRA marketing efforts.

J. Michael Kelly in the U-7

J. Michael Kelly drove the U-13 for the past few years and was the 2004 Unlimited rookie-of-the-year. He's been driving race boats for more than 20 years (amazing since he's not 30 yet!) and has made his mark in several classes, including:

  • 19 World Speed Records

  • 4 National Championships

  • 9 highpoint Championships

  • 21 American PowerBoat Association Divisional Titles

  • 2004 Unlimited Hydroplane Rookie of the Year

Now that he'll be piloting the U-7, one of the faster boats on the circuit, it will be exciting to see what he can do.

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SPONSOR ALERT: U-37 welcomes American Family Insurance

Billy Schumacher Racing L.L.C announces that American Family Insurance will join the U37 Racing Team as an associate sponsor of the U37 unlimited hydroplane for the Lamb Weston Columbia Cup in Tri Cities July 24th-26th and Seattle’s Seafair July 31- Aug 2.

Based in Madison, Wis., American Family Insurance offers auto, homeowners, life, health, and commercial insurance in 18 states. For more information on American Family Insurance, go to;