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New driver for U-21: Aylesworth replaces himself with Brian Perkins

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SAN DIEGO, California - The Freedom Racing Team announced today that Kevin Aylesworth will no longer be in the cockpit for the U-21 next year.  After surviving two near death experiences in the boat this year, including escaping from an inferno in Seattle, the rookie has decided to take next year off to spend more time with his two sons. 

The San Diego Unlimited Hydroplane team has already announced Aylesworth's replacement; Brian Perkins of Black Diamond, Washington, will man the U-21 in next year's races. 

"This is a dream come true," Perkins said. "I'm nervous, excited and proud all at the same time." Since it's only the second season for the U21, Perkins said the pressure of stepping up to the top rung of the powerboat racing ladder should be manageable. 

The 21-year-old Perkins, currently drives the Red Dot UL40 Unlimited Light for Thunder Valley Racing.  2007 will be his first full-time ride in one of the world's fastest race boats, though he tested an Unlimited in 2005. 

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