H1 Unlimited Hydroplane award winners for 2009 announcedPosted: Updated:
When the 2009 season annual awards were presented at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas Saturday evening, Steve David and the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto race team spent a lot of time on stage. David was honored as the 2009 Driver's High Point Champion, and his team received the Martini & Rossi trophy representing the National High Point Championship.
Also, the U-1 crew was presented the 2009 Crew of the Year award and Bob Hughes was honored as Owner of the Year. Oberto received the Sponsor of the Year trophy as well as the 2009 Marketing Award and Boat Sponsor of the Year..
The Qatar Marine Sports Federation, producers of the very successful Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar, received the award for Race Site of the Year and QMSF PR director Neil Perkins and television producer Peter Butler were honored for their contributions to the event.
H1 Unlimited Chairman Sam Cole thanked the owners and drivers for the part they played in a very successful season. Cole told the crowd that the success of the first Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar had created interest on four continents and would lead to more international expansion of the series.
Attendees chose the photos of the year from 35 images submitted by 15 outstanding photographers including one from a member of the Qatar Photography Society.
Other award winners were:
Special Contribution: Doha media team - Owen Blauman, Ryan McMenamin, Bill Osborne, Chis Denslow & Jim Simpson
Special Contribution: Tampa Digital Studios
Special Contribution: Madison Regatta
Special Contribution: Our Gang Racing
Fan Favorite Award: Ed Cooper U-3
Marketing Award: Peters & May USA
Marketing Award: Graham Trucking
Official of the Year: Ted Grange
Regional Marketing: Albert Lee Appliance
Race Sponsor of the Year: Lamb Weston
Web Site of the Year: U-37 Schumacher Racing
Best Print Race Coverage: Tri-City Herald
Best Print Season Coverage: Madison Courier
Best Magazine Coverage: Powerboat Magazine
Best Radio Coverage: WORX - Madison
Best TV Coverage: KIRO TV Seattle
Palms Hotel & Casino Fastest Qualifier: U-16 Ellstrom's Elam Plus
Crew Chief of the Year: John Rice U-7 Graham Trucking
Rookie of the Year: Mike Webster U-22
Chairman's Award: Dr. Ken Muscatel
SOURCE: H1 Unlimited