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JW Myers is the new U-37 Unlimited Hydroplane driver

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Billy Schumacher, owner of the U-37 Unlimited Hydroplane racing team announced today that veteran Unlimited pilot JW Myers will be his team's driver for the 2010 racing season. 

Myers drove part of the 2009 season for Schumacher, after Jean Theoret was injured in the first race of the season in Madison, Indiana.

Myers earned Schumacher's praise while subbing for Theoret.   "J Dub has the qualities you look for," said Schumacher.  "He's a fighter when he needs to be, but he drives smart and listens to me and the crew.  With the improvements we are making to the boat and motors, we think he'll have the chance to be a front runner."

Myers called the U-37's  team chemistry, "The best I've ever seen."  Adding, "This team is committed to winning, and they have the know how to do that.  This is going to be really, really good.  Lets go play race boat!" ko/;'

Myers Unlimited career began in 2003 with Fred Leland's U-100 team, where he was fastest qualifier in San Diego and earned Rookie of the Year Honors.  In 2004, he drove the U-8 (now the U-37) for Bill Wurster.  Driving half a season for Erick Ellstrom in the U-16 in 2005, Myers scored the single victory of his career in Madison and finished second twice. In 2006, JW served as crewman and driver for Kim Gregory's U-10.

John W Myers III began  his racing career in 1982 at age 9, following in the footsteps of his father John, a well known outboard racer.

He soon made a name as an outboard runabout driver, scoring four national high point championships and setting 11 world records in a 20-year career.  In 1999, he moved to the Unlimited Lights series, driving Bob Larimore's UL 23 Pegasus until 2001.  He was also the UL Rookie of the Year in 1999.

Myers is 36 years old and makes his home in Burien, Washington, where he is a roofing contractor.