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Detroit 2007: U-37 gearbox shaft breaks during practice run - should be OK to run

DETROIT, Mich. - One of the few boats to get out on the Detroit River before the winds really kicked up, the U-37 was running fine until it pulled into the roostertail turn and went dead in the water.

"An input shaft on the gear box broke," said U-37 driver Jean Theoret.  "The prop's still there, in good shape."

"We would have been able to run the first heat," said crew chief Scott Raney.  "Our guys did a wonderful job getting the boat ready but if we knew the weather was going to behave the way it did, we would have been much more relaxed."

Members of the crew are the unsung heroes behind the driver and the boat.  Made up mostly of volunteers and self-proclaimed "boat heads," they keep things running smoothly.  "Every time we break soemthing, they fix it," said Theoret.

"You race for the team, for the fans," said Theoret.  "The guys are out there working on the boat and giving it 100%; I've got to give it back to them."

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