Fantasy Unlimited Hydroplane Racing

2019 Boats and Bios

U-1 - Jones Racing

Driver: Andrew Tate – Detroit, MI
Home Port: Kent, WA
Sponsor: Delta/Realtrac
HydroDan Says: After losing Les Schwab as a sponsor the defending national champion, it appears, has opted to race only in Washington State. Look for Young Tate to potentially win one of the two races he enters this season.

U-3 - Go3 Racing

*Driver: Jimmy King – Wales, WI
Home Port: Evansville, IN
Sponsor: Grigg’s Ace Hardware
HydroDan Says: Likely only to see the water in Tri Cities, it will be the U-3 camps Daytona, Super Bowl, and Gold Cup all wrapped up in one race.

U-6 - Miss Madison Racing

Driver: Jimmy Shane – Sammamish, WA
Home Port: Madison, IN
Sponsor: Homestreet Bank
HydroDan Says: Look for the U-6 to regain the U-1 designation by winning 4 of 5 races in 2019.

U-7 - Spirit of Detroit

Driver: Bert Henderson – Henderson, ON
Home Port: Detroit, MI
HydroDan Says: It’s still very much up in the air if this boat and driver combination have what it takes to compete on the H1 circuit. With a lack of boast in the field look for the 7 to score often, especially in the first two races of the season prior to the arrival of several Washington only race boats.

U-11 - Unlimited Racing Group

Driver: Tom Thompson – Cambridge, MD
Home Port: Edmonds, WA
Sponsor: Reliable Diamond Tool Presents J&D’s
HydroDan Says: The U-11 team has tested and will face a small field out of the gate in Alabama. Might be a good play early, or late in the year as a full circuit boat.

U-12 - Graham Trucking

Driver: J. Michael Kelly – Puyallup, WA
Home Port: Seattle, WA
Sponsor: Graham Trucking
HydroDan Says: The former bud is back running full circuit with the capable J. Michael Kelly at the controls. This boat will be on the podium every race barring bad luck or penalty.

U-98 - Graham Trucking American Dream

Driver: Corey Peabody
Home Port: Seattle, WA
Sponsor: Graham Trucking
HydroDan Says: New driver and revamped boat. TBD, but it appears the 98 likely will be a back marker in 2019 as a field filler entry.


Driver: Brian Perkins – Maple Valley, WA
Home Port: Maple Valley, WA
Sponsor: KISW / Carstar
HydroDan Says: The new GFTL hull enters the Hydro Wars with a historic and popular sponsor (KISW) for Seafair and the Payne West for TC. Hopefully the new boatitis is sorted out rather quickly and the boat shows competitiveness out of the box.

U-440 - Bucket List Racing

Driver: Dustin Echols – Snohomish, WA
Home Port: Snohomish, WA
HydroDan Says: The 440 Team continues to impress with their David vs. Goliath approach to the series and their no quit mentality. Due to a lack of race boats at the first two races of the season this boat may be a viable value pick option.

U-1918 - Oberto Racing

Driver: Jeff Bernard
U-1918 – Oberto Racing
Sponsor: Oberto Snacks