U-37's Scott Raney helps out U-22 Webster RacingPosted: Updated:
We all know that the sport of Unlimited Hydroplane racing is a team sport. Stories of rival teams helping other teams in need of help are heard often.
Recently the U-37 team spent time helping the new U-22 Webster Racing team driven by Mike Webster. Crew Cheff Scott Raney (seen above at Madison with U-37 driver Jean Theoret) flew to Reading, PA to help this fledgling team by answering questions to help prepare them for life on the ABRA tour.
Known by many in the pits as "Pyro," Scott Raney was at the Webster Racing shop for three days offering useful advice. As Mike writes in an email: "He answer lots of questions concerning the gearbox, plumbing, skid fin, rudder, electrical systems, and exhaust."
Work continues on preparing the once Allison powered former "Tubby" owned by Ed Cooper to make the transformation from piston power to Lycoming T-55 Turbine. Mike and father Steve picked up the hull in October 2008.
Three eye opening days flew by for Mike and his team, saying "While answering many questions, it also created many more - leaving us to realize just how much we really need to learn before we come up to speed. It really gives us an appreciation for just how much technology is really involved in the sport."
The team's goal is still to make the 2009 season. They're working hard to make that goal a reality.
STORY: Kirk Duncan