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Cindy Shirley becomes first female crew chief for Miss HomeStreet

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4-6-18 UPDATE:

TRI-CITIES, WA - The hydroplanes are going to be making their way back to the Tri-Cities for the 2018 season... first in June for hydro-testing and then in July for Water Follies. One of the teams will of course be Jimmy Shane and the Miss HomeStreet Bank team.

The U1 Miss HomeStreet Bank team made history earlier this week when the team hired the sports first ever female crew chief, Cindy Shirley.

Shirley takes over after former U1 crew chief Dan Hoover passed away suddenly earlier this year. Shirley is no stranger to the Miss HomeStreet Bank team-- she's spent the past 15 years with the team put in charge of things such as driver safety.

As for Shirley, she's excited to take on her role and hopes she can make an impact.

"Other girls and people like that, don't fit any cookie cutter, can relate and realize that they can do other things," Shirley said. "For example, last year at the testing session in Pasco, I saw that a mother and her daughter were there and I stopped and talked to them, and the lady was so excited because she didn't see any other women there and it was cool to see someone that her daughter could look up to and maybe want to do something like that one day."

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4-4-18 ORIGINAL STORY:

TRI-CITIES, WA - Less than two months from today, The H-1 Unlimited hydroplanes will be hitting the water down at the Columbia River for 2018 hydro-testing. This, of course, includes the U-1 Miss HomeStreet, who made a bit of history today.

Miss HomeStreet Bank announced that it has named Cindy Shirley its new crew chief, who becomes the first woman to ever hold the leadership position on a championship-level team in the turbine-era of professional hydroplane racing.

The U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank hydroplane team suffered a big loss earlier this year when longtime crew chief Dan Hoover passed away.

Shirley has been in charge of driver safety systems, general cockpit maintenance, and also communicates with the driver during races. When not racing, she is the director of the Office of Research at the University of Washington Bothell.

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