Shane, Oberto lead Madison qualifying

July 5, 2014 

Defending national high points champion Jimmy Shane put his new team at the top of the qualifying ladder for the Madison Regatta by posting a speed of 148.692 mph on his third lap in the first qualifying session Saturday.

Shane said his new ride, the U6 Oberto, is “exactly what I expected. It’s a rocket ship! A little looser than the boat I drove last year, but it’s really fast and I love it.”

Jon Zimmerman was second fastest at 146.520 in the Team Red Dot/Spirit of Qatar. J.Michael Kelly equaled that speed in the U1 Graham Trucking, but lost the speed because of an N2 violation.

Kelly qualified to race and is assigned a minimum speed of 130.

Third on the ladder was Tom Thompson in the gbr11 Peters & May at 143.067, followed by Kelly’s teammate, Cal Phipps, in the U7 Graham Trucking with a speed of 138.805.

Mike Webster’s U22 had engine problems and did not make a qualifying run.

They will be allowed into the field upon posting a 130-plus lap in testing today, along with U12 Miss DiJulio, driven by Greg Hopp, which arrived in Madison too late for qualifying.

The Ohio River race course will be open for testing this morning, with Heat 1A scheduled for 8 a.m. PDT.

The Championship for the Indiana Governor’s Cup is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. PDT.

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