COLUMBUS, Ohio - The U-5 and U-7 unlimited hydroplanes got some pre-season testing in at Alum Creek State Park north of Columbus.
U-5 driver Jeff Bernard was unable to participate due to his attendance at the memorial for Terry Troxell. But J. Michael Kelly stepped in to test both boats on several laps, showing off the hydroplanes to fans and new fans alike. Kelly has been tapped to drive the U-7 this year, replacing Mike Allen.
"You've got the speed. You've got the waves. You've got the wind. The rush is amazing," said Kelly, describing what it's like to drive an Unlimited to a reporter from WCMH-TV.
"I can't think of anything I'd rather be doing than racing boats," said Kelly. "This is my love."