Hey, Larry Oberto, you're a racer... don't you ever want to drive an unlimited hydroplane?
Larry Oberto driving the 09 Daytona Prototype at the Grand Prix of Miami in 2006
The U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto running at Madison, 2007
Hey, Larry Oberto, you're a racer... don't you ever want to drive an unlimited hydroplane? "The crew's told me for years that I ought to take it out for a spin," he said. "I don't want to be one of the sponsors that puts their ego first. "
Oberto said it's not just about getting a billboard for the Oberto Sausage Company. They're serious about racing and he doesn't want to do anything that would jeopardize the boat or the team's chances at winning. "A lot of guys sponsor motor sports just to get their name out there."
That committment has probably never been more evident than this year. With a 16 year old that was still good enough to help get driver Steve David get the National High Points driver's championships two years in a row, Oberto was willing to spend the money to build a brand new boat. And the boat's looked good - fast and responsive - Steve David's been able to increase his speed nearly every time out on the water. The U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto has finished second in races at the last three unlimited hydroplane races.
Still, Oberto's not just some guy off the street. He's got serious racing credentials on the water and on the track and he's proven his committment. He's raced in Grand Prix, Grand American events and Daytona Prototype cars.
"It'd be pretty cool," he admits. "Maybe some day."
For now, he's willing to wait and watch and cheer on the team. "We're so proud of what this team he's done," he said. "It's only going to get better."