FormulaBoats.com team will run back-up hull with new driver at Tri-Cities
The backup hull ran as the U-5 in 2005 in Nashville - Photo: James Crisp
The backup hull as a display in 2007 at Evansville - Photo: James Crisp
The U-1 flip in Detroit has taken its toll. Mike Allen already had a cast and six screws in his thumb and wrist before the flip. He's still recovering from the Detroit flip and will sit out the race in the Tri-Cities. The U-1 hull itself is still in several pieces and will not be ready for Tri-Cities. In fact, it may be done for the season.
But owner Ted Porter was determined to keep two boats on the water for the FormulaBoats.com team. He tapped 21-year old Jimmy Shane to sub for Allen in Tri-Cities. And he's also calling up the back-up hull.
Team manager Mike Weber drove that hull in 2005. It was yellow and white at the time. It's since been re-painted to red to match the FormulaBoats.com fleet.
Jimmy Shane his had seat time in an unlimited before. He had a chance to take a few laps at the exhibition in Celina, Ohio earlier this year. At that time, he drove the fromer Budweiser hull, the U-1, that was damaged in Detroit.
Porter said, "He (Jimmy) can obviously handle the boat and has accomplished a great deal in his career already. We are confident that his skills, professionalism and personality will make him a great fit for our team and a fan favorite on the ABRA circuit."
Shane who has seven UIM World records in APBA Inboard racing.
"I have been hoping for this day for a long time, especially since driving the boat in Celina last year," said the 21-year old Shane. "I know this is a short term deal while Mike is out, but getting qualified as an Unlimited driver is the first big step for what I hope is a long career at this level. " Thanks Steve Montgomery, James Crips for pictures and info