Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association announces 2009 series sponsor; could be a 10 race schedulePosted: Updated:
Victoria Express, the passenger ferry serving Port Angeles and Friday Harbor, Washington and Victoria, BC, Canada has announced it will again sponsor the Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association as a 2009 Series Partner.
The Series Partner concept born in 2008 means the sponsor is a major contributor of the annual Series with the presenting rights for one race on the circuit. While Victoria Express has been the presenting sponsor of the final race of the Series in Port Angeles, Washington for several years running, this year they are keeping options open. Jack Harmon, President of Victoria Express Rapid Transit said, "We love the marriage of fast race boats and our express ferry service, and we appreciate the national advertising opportunities affiliation with this Series presents us."
Victoria Express has concluded its 2008 sailing season between Port Angeles, Washington, Victoria, British Columbia, and the majestic San Juan Islands, but still offers Fall and Winter packages and customized travel arrangements to those locations. The Victoria Express and the Victoria Express II are constructed of aluminum and are gyro-stabilized for a smoother ride and are propelled by turbo-charged, eco-friendly HE (High Efficiency) class diesel engines, enabling the vessels to travel at a cruising speed of approximately 20 knots. Biodiesel is used aboard both vessels. The Victoria Express is a 105-foot vessel with three engines, and the Victoria Express II is a 120-foot vessel with four engines.
The Harmons, owners of Victoria Express, were one of the first Series Partners to sign with the ULHRA in 2008 and showed their enthusiasm for the series by sending personnel to every race on the circuit. "We didn't miss a single race," Harmon went on to say.
The racing schedule for the 2009 series has not yet been published by the Unlimited Light Racing Association, but it could include up to ten events across the country. While some of the more expensive sports marketing venues are feeling the pinch of a tight economy, the ULHRA, a Washington-based hydroplane racing sanctioning body continues to carry on, nearly unscathed.
ULHRA President Joe Frauenheim says, "Because of loyal supporting sponsors like the Harmon family at Victoria Express, we at the ULHRA are able to look forward to 2009 with great optimism."
The Unlimited Light Racing season will begin April 25 in Chandler Arizona at Firebird International Raceways.
SOURCE: ULHRA News Release