Complete team updates


U-1, as the other boats, spent the off-season tweaking equipment and settings to run at the lower 4.1 gpm max fuel flow. Yes, Steve David is back to defend his title. U-1 boat photo tour >>


U-3 team has what they describe as three "virtually new" engines to start the season. Competing with the turbines running at a lower fuel flow, Jimmy King and the U-3 should be better able to keep up speed without burning through engines as quickly. U-3 boat photo tour >>

U-5 / U-7

Jeff Bernard returns in the U-5. The boat has a Terry Troxell sticker on the side for 2009. J. Michael Kelly takes over driving duties for the U-7 in 2009. U-5/U-7 photo boat tour >>


U-10 is not planning to run in 2009 as of right now.


U-13 is not planning to run at this time, although Detroit may be a possibility. If it does run, the U-13 team will need a new crew chief and driver as J. Michael Kelly will be driving the U-7 this year, replacing Mike Allen, and U-13 crew chief Curt Tavener, who is crewing the U-100 this season.


Erick Ellstrom's U-16 team plans to run the entire season with driver Dave Villwock behind-the-wheel. U-16 photo boat tour >>


U-17 will also run the entire season with driver Kip Brown, last year's rookie-of-the-year. The team reports much better performance in testing. U-17 photo boat tour >>


Mike Webster will make his unlimited hydroplane debut in the U-22, a re-built piston boat now running with a turbine engine. The boat will debut in Madison. U-22 photo boat tour >>


Ken Muscatel's re-built U-25 won't be ready for Madison and may not be ready to hit the water before Tri-Cities. For the first few races, he'll be sitting in a rented hydro, most likely the boat Fred Leland ran last year as the U-100. U-25 photo boat tour >>


U-37 has a new paint scheme. It's still yellow, but minus the checkerboard design. Jean Theoret returns as driver. John Rice will be the U-7 crew chief for this season. U-37 photo boat tour >>


Last year, he drove the U-50. But this season, Brian Perkins will drive the U-48, Greg O'Farrell's other boat. It appears the team will only run one boat this season. U-48 photo boat tour >>


U-100 Leland's team has spent the off-season retooling the 1999 hull, which the U-100 team will run in 2009. Jim Harvey will crew the U-100.

PHOTOS: U-5. U-7 testing

With Jeff Bernard out attending the memorial for Terry Troxell, J. Michael Kelly got some seat time in both the U-5 and U-7. Kelly will be driving the U-7 this season.


More photos of GP crash in Syracuse ~ great sequence captured


PHOTOS: F. Peirce Williams

VIDEO: GP Heat 1A, Syracuse

Grand Prix Hydroplane Heat 1A Syracuse 2009 from Michael L Pakradooni on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Jimmy Shane released from hospital after crash

James Shane was released from University Hospital this morning, a day after being involved in a high speed crash near Willow Bay. The other man who was hurt, Pierre Maheu, remains in the hospital in fair condition. Maheu was trapped in the cockpit of his boat before rescue workers could free him from the wreckage.

Hydrofest driver released from the hospital >>

VIDEO: Jimmy Shane and Pierre Maheu crash in Syracuse

Jimmy Shane (GP-7) crashed into Pierre Maheu (GP-46) who was dead in the water on the front straight away. Both drivers were taken to the hospital but were reported to be okay.

Grand Prix Hydroplane Heat 1B Syracuse 2009 from Michael L Pakradooni on Vimeo.

Hydroplane boats crash at Onondaga Lake Hydrofest

A hydroplane boat crash at the Hydrofest race on Onondaga Lake Saturday injured two boat drivers. Hydroplane driver Jimmy Shane, of Havre de Grace, Md., was rounding the second turn of the mile and a quarter course at about 100 to 130 mph when his boat ran into another operated by Pierre Maheu, of Canada, that was dead in the water.

Driver injured >>