Our team feels very badly for the Formulaboats.com team, for Mike Allen's injuries and the damage caused by the U-7's crash in Heat 3A of the 2008 Chrysler Jeep Gold Cup.
After reviewing all the data and evidence from still photos, video, in-cockpit cam, and GPS mapping from our computer, we believe that we were in our lane -- lane three -- the entire time during the blowover (lane one = 30' lane, lane two = 25', lane three = 25'; lane three starts 55' from the buoy). We want everyone to know we would never make a move to blow someone over.
At the same time, if our Go 3 Racing hydro has any chance of winning with this starting format, it's by holding boats inside of us in their lanes. In this case, we believe we legally held the two inside boats in their lanes. (Our scaling measurements showed us at more than 65' from the buoy in the shots we were shown.) From our review, we believe there was more movement from the lane-one boat than from us, and the lane-one boat lacked the overlap sufficient to move over toward the outside boats, U-7 and our hydro.
The officials disqualified us, making it appear that we caused the accident. We believe the officials saw U-7 flip in our roostertail and blamed us. After intensive review, we believe that was not the case and that the call should have been reversed.
Sincerely, Rick Bowles Go 3 Racing / Cooper Motorsports