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HydroInsider.com Annual Award Winners (2006)

Thanks to the more than 200 people casting their ballots in the HydroInsider.com 2nd annual awards.  There was spirited voting in a number of categories.  The winners are listed above in the graphic, but here are the top vote getters in each category:

Best Driver

  1. Steve David - 47%
  2. Jean Theoret - 33%
  3. Dave Villwock - 16%

Best Team

  1. U-6 Miss Madison Oh Boy! Oberto - 37%
  2. U-37 Schumacher Racing - 31%
  3. U-5/U-7 Formula Boats.com & U-16 Miss Elam (tie) - each had 14%

Best Race Site

  1. Tri-Cities - 27%
  2. Detroit - 25%
  3. Seattle - 19%
  4. Madison - 18%

Biggest Contribution to the sport in 2006

  1. Billy Schumacher & Ted Porter (tie) - each received 38%
  2. Larry Oberto - 9%
  3. Sam Cole - 7%

Best Moment

  1. Final Race in San Diego - 60%
  2. Dave Villwock flips and wins in Tri-Cities, WA - 24%
  3. U-7 wins title with rookie driver Mike Allen - 8%

Other Awards (Open Nominations)

  • Rookie of the Year:  Mike Allen
  • Living the Dream:  David Williams getting his turn behind the wheel of U-2.25
  • Best Video:  U-13 flips over the top of U-6 in Tri-Cities, WA
  • Crew Chief:  Mike Hansen
  • Best Ambassadors:  U-21 Freedom Racing
  • Best Radio Coverage:  WORX, Madison, IN
  • Best TV Coverage:  KNDU, Tri-Cities, WA (thank you!)
  • Best Technology:  Whoever put the new in-boat cameras for better on-board video.  (editor's note - I believe it was FocusedTV out of Florida).

Note:  Percentages don't add up to 100% because there were others nominated that didn't make the top slots.

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