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U-3 Chrysler Jeep plagued by engine problems

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One of the engines that blew at Evansville - PHOTO:  Doug Duncan One of the engines that blew at Evansville - PHOTO: Doug Duncan

MADISON, Ind. - It's been a tough start to the 2008 Unlimited Hydroplane racing season for the U-3 Chrysler Jeep / Master Tire.   They blew up a couple of engines in Evansville and had to do a huge amount of work to get the boat to Madison.

One of the engines burned some of the decking that had to be cut out an replaced.  Still, the boat made it to the pits and on the course.  "We were ready to go racing, when we got out here, things were looking good," said U-3 driver Jimmy King.

The team had planned to be careful.  "When we got up to the start, the oil presure went crazy, so we brought it in," said King.

Owner Ed Cooper said "We're being extra cautious."

"Madison's my home town.  I hate to let them down," said Cooper.  But when the oil pressure started fluctuating they simply didn't want to risk blowing up yet another engine.

Still, the team thinks the future looks good for Detroit and forward.  "We were leading the race both times (in Evansville) until we lost the engines," said Cooper.

 

 

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