U-10 Ahern Equipment Rental's David Bryant has a "special training program" - red dots on mirrors of his unlimited hydroplane
KENNEWICK, Wash. - "Training?" Responded David Bryant (Mesa, Ariz.) rookie driver of the U-10 USA Racing Partners unlimited hydroplane, after being asked what type of training he had prior to getting into one of the world's fastest race boats.
There isn't a hand book on this one, Bryant, the flat bottom national champion said. Bryant is one of 16 people in the world qualified to drive an unlimited hydroplane at the July 27-29, Lamb Weston Columbia Cup in Kennewick, Wash.
The only training Bryant received came from former Miss Budweiser crew chief and recent Motorsports Hall of Fame of America nominee, Mark G. Smith. "He sent me a page of Avery red-dot stickers," Bryant said. "I didn't get it either, until I read the letter that came with the dots." "Welcome to our sport," it said. "Put these dots on your car rear-view mirrors, your rental car mirrors, and anything you use to look behind you because it's time to practice keeping those red boats in your rear-view mirror."
The red dots represent Smith's former boats he and the other Miss Budweiser professional crew previously maintained, -the U-1 and U-5. Today, Smith works as a consultant for several teams including, the U-10 Bryant drives. Any time you have a guy with 90 plus victories to his name helping you, --you do it, Bryant said in reference to his "custom training program." "I am glad the â€˜rookie' is paying attention." Smith continued, "It's time for U-Boat Lesson Number Two.
The dots should have faded to orange by now, the guy to look out for this weekend and the following two races is (Dave) Villwock, -- He is the smartest driver out there," Smith said. He also has the most experience.
"He's the man on top right now and he (Villwock) is pretty awesome," Bryant said while watching old video tapes of Villwock racing.
Source: U-10 Ahern Equipment Rentals Press Release