Financial Trouble at San Diego Race Site; May Drop Unlimited Hydroplanes
The budget to bring in the unlimited hydroplanes for this year in San Diego is about $200,000 short. And that could mean no hydro racing in San Diego this year.
The Thunderboats Unlimited board of directors has voted to drop the unlimited if the money can't be raised.
Operation Hydro Rescue was put together by the Lucky U-21 Race Team. Driver Kevin Aylesworth is based in San Diego. The group is trying to pull together the necessary donations from the community to keep the races going this year.
Race organizers expect to generate about $800,000 from local sponsors and ticket sales. Putting on the event, including the unlimiteds, would cost roughty $1,000,000... leaving them $200,000 short. All of this appears to be yet more fallout from the decision by Budwieser to withdraw support from the unlimited circuit. San Diego sponsors, along with other race sites around the country, have been unable to replace the money Budweiser brought to the table.
Race organizers say if the money can't be raised, the event will go on, but without the unlimited hydroplanes.