If the legendary 20th century author, painter, and illustrator Norman Rockwell could have selected one sporting venue to reflect American culture, the quiet little town of Madison, Ind. would be top on his list.
On the first weekend of July, the beautiful Ohio River Valley hamlet will once again be transformed into three days of Independence Day celebrations and high-performance boat racing when the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane series kicks off its 2016 season with the MainSource Bank Indiana Governor’s Cup presented by Belterra Casino and Resort (July 1-3).
“The City of Madison is one of the great races on the H1 circuit,” said former Madison team driver and now H1 Chairman Steve David. “This city of 12,000 swells to over 50,000 people over the weekend to enjoy a sporting event, a spectacle watching the fastest racing boats in the world while rooting for their hydroplane team.”
Jimmy Shane in the U-1, Miss HomeStreet Bank unlimited will be the hometown favorite. Since 1961, the boat has been owned by the community of Madison, Ind., making it the longest-running team in the sport. This season the team is looking for its third consecutive H1 National High Point Championship.
Including the U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank, seven H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes are confirmed to race in Madison with another two boats still in question. Along with the local U-1 HomeStreet Bank/Miss Madison, the other six boats expected are U-5 Graham Trucking, U-9 Les Schwab Tires, U-11 Peters & May, U-21 PayneWest Insurance, U-27 Dalton Industries/Wiggins Racing, and the U-100 Carstar Auto Body presents KISW Rock.
Ed Cooper’s U-3 Allison-powered unlimited remains a possible entrant.
“Ed is trying to secure sponsorship to run in Madison,” said David. “We’d like to see the piston powered boat in the Madison pits, but we cannot make any promises.
Along with the H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes, the American Power Boat Association Grand National and National Modified categories will also compete.
“This is a fun, crazy race schedule. I’m not sure that we’ve ever had a schedule quite like this one,” Madison Regatta President Joe Hertz said. “There will be non-stop racing on Saturday and Sunday (from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.), and that is something the fans should enjoy.”
All three class of hydroplanes will test and qualify on Friday with more testing and preliminary heat racing on Saturday. On Sunday, the remainder of the preliminary heats plus the H1 winner-take-all final.
For ticket and race schedule information go to www.madisonregatta.com.
For information on the H1 boats and the series to go www.H1Unlimited.com or download our NEW “H1 2016” app. Apple users can download the app from the App Store – Android users please visit the H1 website.