TRI-CITIES, Wash. – The Tri-City Water Follies Association Directors say they will be adding 1-Liter hydroplanes to the 2013 Lamb Weston Columbia Cup weekend event.
The 1-Liter hydroplanes are an American Power Boat Association (APBA) class of light and quick boats that race up to 105 mph. They're about 15' long, and are powered by personal watercraft engines. The boats will compete with several other classes of inboard hydroplanes at Water Follies this summer.
Follies directors have extended invitations to the following 1-Liter teams to attend the Columbia Cup 1-Liter Challenge, and have provided the following details about each team.
Y-5 Fastrax FTX Motorsports.com - Owner/Driver Corey Peabody's team embodies the racing axiom "Go ‘til you blow". Most weekends, he's the fastest boat, but is also just as likely to take his engine home in more pieces than he started with. Peabody won high points in region 10 last year and second nationally.
Y-8 Bononcini Racing - The team finished third in Region 10 high points and fifth nationally last year with Bianca Bononcini at the helm. This year, Bianca's brother Nick takes over driving duties.
Y-19 Specialty Mobility presents Culver Racing – This is your hometown boat. Owned by longtime Water Follies Volunteer John Culver and sponsored by his business Specialty Mobility, the team finished second in Region 10 high points and fourth nationally last year.
Y-21 Wallace Racing - A new boat in 2012, this entry is owned by U-21 crewman William Wallace and piloted by current U-100 driver Ryan Mallow. The team finished eighth in national high points last year. Look for them to be very competitive in 2013.
Y-26 Mallory Racing – Kayleigh Mallory returns to drive on the river where she won several Unlimited Lights events bringing a competitive 1 liter program that won the region 10 points title in 2011.
Y-33 Fugitive Racing - Former crew chief of the U-48 Jim LaBrie continues the racing tradition of his father with his 1-liter hull, the ‘Fugitive'.
Y-17 - Ben Black looks to jump start a 1-liter racing program by purchasing the former Y-28. This boat was run competitively in the region for a number of years by U-21 driver Brian Perkins. Racing a limited schedule, this boat finished eleventh in national high points last year.