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Jon Zimmerman’s first heat in the U-37 resulted in a wild ride (at 6:35), sustaining what he called the hardest hit he’s ever taken in boat racing.

Posted: July 24, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Jon Zimmerman’s first heat in the U-37 resulted in a wild ride (at 2:10), sustaining what he called “the hardest hit he’s ever taken in boat racing”.

Posted: July 24, 2010 at 8:14 pm
U-37 in flight...

U-37 in flight...

The U-37 had a wild ride on lap two of Heat 1B, getting HUGE air launching off the wake of the U-13 before settling back down, resulting in what Jon called “the hardest hit I’ve ever taken in boat racing”.

Jon’s old boat, Dr. Ken Muscatel’s U-25, spun on lap three, tearing almost the entire right sponson and most of the non-trip away, resulting in their withdrawal from the Columbia Cup.

We came out of the heat with an excellent fourth place, giving the U-37 Miss Peters & May a great start to the weekend!

Results for Heat 1B

Finish Boat Driver Avg. Speed Points
1 U-96 Spirit of Qatar Dave Villwock 145.763 400
2 U-7 Graham Trucking J Michael Kelly 140.401 300
3 U-13 Spirit of Detroit Cal Phipps 138.326 225
4 U-37 Miss Peters & May Jon Zimmerman 127.376 169
5 U-100 Fleury Auto & Truck Parts Greg Hopp 124.993 127
DNF U-25 Superior Racing Ken Muscatel 0 0
Posted: July 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm

From Mac Clouse & Niles Mayfield on www.h1unlimited.com:

Here are the heat draws, with the lane
1A
U-1 – 1
U-17 – 2
U-21 – 3
U-5 – 4
U-22 – 5
U-57 – 6

1B
U-96 – 1
U-7 – 2
U-25 – 3
U-13 – 4
U-100 – 5
U-37 – 6

Posted: July 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm
This is what Jon sees...

This is what Jon sees...

Posted: July 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm
Jon Zimmerman

Jon Zimmerman

Unfortunately we were not able to improve our qualifying time in the afternoon session:

Lap 1: 146.320 mph
Lap 2: 149.263 mph
Lap 3: 150.436 mph

Posted: July 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm
Jamie Nilsen rolls into turn 1...

Jamie Nilsen rolls into turn 1...

Jamie Nilsen got familiar with the U-37 with a total of six laps resulting in a top speed of 148.571 mph.

Billy Schumacher said “Jamie did an excellent job in his 1st time in an Unlimited hydroplane. He executed our game plan EXACTLY as we discussed in the truck before the run and was very calm and composed doing it.”

Lap speeds:
lap 1: 130.701
lap 2: 140.946
lap 3: 140.953
lap 4: 148.571
lap 5: 147.982

Back to the dock

Congrats from Jeff

Sam gives congratulations

Chris congratulates Jamie

Brian Perkins

Posted: July 24, 2010 at 9:58 am
Jamie Nilsen

Jamie Nilsen

Jamie Nilsen form Edgewood, WA will be taking the U-37 Miss Peters & May out on the Columbia River this morning for some test runs.

Jamie, 25, started racing J Stock hydros at age 12. He has since driven tunnel boats, outboards and 1 liter hydros.

JW Myers recommended Jamie as a skilled driver whom he would like to see get some seat time in an Unlimited hydroplane.

Jamie says “I’m excited and honored to have this opportunity, and I’m flattered J-Dub thought of me. I am glad he’s doing alright, but I wish this was under different circumstances.”

Posted: July 24, 2010 at 8:50 am
Trailer fired and ready to go testing...

Trailer fired and ready to go testing...

Posted: July 24, 2010 at 8:30 am