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Steve David and the U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto Spice It Up With Hometown VictoryPosted: Updated:
MADISON, IND. (July 4, 2010)
He has been driving unlimited hydroplanes for ten years, and now Steve David has his tenth victory. His latest came Sunday during the 60th annual Lucas Oil Indiana Governor's Cup.
"The old man can still do it," the 56-year old David told his wife Sabrina after kissing her after the five-lap battle in his U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto unlimited hydroplane. "If I take off my sun glasses you would see that I am crying," a jubilant David said as fans greeted him as he walked off the dock. "This is such a great victory after my team spent all winter rebuilding the boat after my 360 degree flip at the last race. This is so great for the town of Madison (owners of the boat) and the Oberto Company." ""It has been about 10 years since we have won this race in front of our home fans and I can tell you it feels great," said David.
"I told these fans that I would do my best to win the hometown race in Madison and win the Gold Cup in Detroit (next week). You can't do both unless you win the first one here." David, from Lighthouse Point, Fla. battled hard to make up water after he began the race in second place.
It took him only a lap before he was able to pass J. Michael Kelly in the U-7 Graham Trucking for the lead. "After that it was just a matter of staying ahead and hoping we wouldn't have any mechanical failures," he said. "J. Michael Kelly beat me to the line so I knew I had my work cut out for me," David said. "He (J. Michael Kelly) and J.W. Myers are such good competitors, "heck you combine their two ages they still don't add up to mine."
David last won the Indiana Governor's Cup in 2001, the first year he began with the Miss Madison team. One of the expected favorites, Dave Villwock in the U-96 Spirit of Qatar failed to start in an earlier heat and had to start the race a few seconds behind the leaders in the winner-take-all final. David finished the weekend with the most national high points going into next weekends Detroit Gold Cup, July 11. The citizens of Madison, Ind. have owned an unlimited hydroplane for 60 years, the oldest continuous team in all motorsports.
Lucas Oil Indiana Governor's Cup Final Results:
1) U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) 139.485 mph avg. lap speed.
2) U-7 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly (Puyallup, Wash.) 135.953 mph
3) U-37 Miss Peters & May, J.W. Myers (Burien, Wash.) 135.580 mph
4) U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, Brian Perkins (North Bend, Wash.) 132.858 mph
5) U-96 Spirit of Qatar, Dave Villwock (Auburn, Wash.) 122.419 mph
6) U-22 Miss Broadway Tavern, Mike Webster (Reading, Penn.) 116.590 mph