U-37's Jean Theoret out of the hospital and in Detroit!Posted: Updated:
Detroit, MICH. - When the Miss Detroit Yacht Club unlimited hydroplane rolled into the Detroit pit area Thursday, the teams preparing for this weekend's 100th running of the Chrysler Jeep Detroit APBA Gold Cup, couldn't contain their glee as its full-time driver Jean Theoret (Montreal, Que.) smiled and waved from the truck.
"I just thank the Lord for being able to be here in Detroit, feeling well and getting better everyday," said the French Canadian driver. "The accident last week was just one of those things when something goes wrong on the boat."
Less than one week ago, Theoret came close to drowning after his hydroplane blew over after his boat hit rollers coming off the turn buoys. Then the oxygen safety system encountered problems. The result was two-days in intensive care and a five-day total stay at the University of Louisville Hospital.
And while Theoret is back and the Miss Detroit Yacht Club is fixed and ready to go, only the yellow boat will enter the the Gold Cup while the 2006 GC Champion driver will watch JW Myers take over the controls for this weekend's event.
"We are very fortunate we have the type of quality driver like JW to come in and take over from Jean in that quick of a time period," said co-owner Jane Schumacher. "When we were talking to Jean about his replacement for the Gold Cup, Jean said he wanted JW. Billy and I agreed JW was the best man to replace Jean."
"Last week I was the crew chief and back-up driver for Ken Muscatel's U-25 team," said Myers. "Today I am back in a boat and excited to be racing. And to top it off, I'm racing for the Gold Cup."
Myers (Seattle, Wash.) entered the unlimited ranks in 2003 driving the U-100. He was named Rookie of the Year that season.
In 2005, Myers raced with the Ellstrom Elam Plus team. He won the Madison Regatta Indiana Governor's Cup and in his fourth race of the season, Myers himself suffered a major blow over accident in front of the Detroit Yacht Club right here in Detroit.
Outside of unlimited hydroplane racing, Myers owns 11 world records and five national championships in outboard racing.