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U-3 withdraws from racing in Madison over dispute

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Madison, IND. - July 3, 2010

The U-3 Go Racing.com team will not be going racing anymore in Madison in 2010.  The team's already left the pit area and is headed home.  And the team may not be racing in the next race in Detroit.

It has to do with a dispute between team owner Ed Cooper, Jr., H1 Unlimited, and the American Powerboat Association over rules and fees.  According to H1 Unlimited, "the U-3 was not officially registered with the APBA" and therefore is not eligible to race.

Cooper said it has more to do with the interpretation of the rules and last-minute changes by the organization.  Because of the controversy over qualifying - and the piston engine that burned up on Friday - Cooper decided to head back home to Evansville. 

"If we decide to participate in the remaining races, we would be more than happy to renew our membership in the APBA as the rulebook states. Since we chose not to race this weekend in Madison, we did not pay the dues to the APBA


The U-3 did get out on the water on Friday, posted a qualifying speed topping 143 miles an hour with driver Jimmy King in the cockpit. 

"Yesterday we were a qualified boat and today we are not." 
Ed Cooper, Jr.  told the Evansville Courier-Press

Cooper also told the newspaper the chances of racing at the Gold Cup in Detroit are "doubtful."