MADISON, Ind. -- Steve David has been driving unlimited hydroplanes for 10 years, and now he has his tenth victory. His latest came Sunday during the 60th annual Lucas Oil Indiana Governor's Cup.
"The old man can still do it," David said to his wife Sabrina, kissing her after the five-lap battle in his U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto unlimited hydroplane.
"If I take off my sun glasses, you would see that I am crying," said David, 56, as fans greeted him as he walked off the dock. "This is such a great victory after my team spent all winter rebuilding the boat after my 360 degree flip at the last race. This is so great for the town of Madison (owners of the boat) and the Oberto Company."
David last won the Indiana Governor's Cup in 2001, the first year he began with the Miss Madison team.
"It has been about 10 years since we have won this race in front of our home fans, and I can tell you it feels great," David said after averaging 139.485 mph in the final race. "I told these fans that I would do my best to win the hometown race in Madison and win the Gold Cup in Detroit (next week). You can't do both unless you win the first one here."
David, from Lighthouse Point, Fla. battled hard to make up water after he began the race in second place. It took him only a lap before he was able to pass J. Michael Kelly in the U-7 Graham Trucking for the lead.
"After that it was just a matter of staying ahead and hoping we wouldn't have any mechanical failures," he said.
"J. Michael Kelly beat me to the line so I knew I had my work cut out for me. He and J.W. Myers are such good competitors . Heck, you combine their two ages they still don't add up to mine."
One of the expected favorites, Dave Villwock in the U-96 Spirit of Qatar failed to start in an earlier heat and had to start the race a few seconds behind the leaders in the winner-take-all final.
Villwock, a nine-time points champion, finished fifth.
David finished the weekend with the most national high points going into next weekends Detroit Gold Cup, July 11.
The citizens of Madison, Ind. have owned an unlimited hydroplane for 60 years, the oldest continuous team in all motorsports.
Lucas Oil Indiana Governor's Cup
At Madison, Ind.
1, U-1 Oh Boy! Oberto, Steve David (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) 139.485 mph avg. lap speed.
2, U-7 Graham Trucking, J. Michael Kelly (Puyallup) 135.953 mph
3, U-37 Miss Peters & May, J.W. Myers (Burien) 135.580 mph
4, U-21 Miss Albert Lee Appliance, Brian Perkins (North Bend) 132.858 mph
5, U-96 Spirit of Qatar, Dave Villwock (Auburn) 122.419 mph
6, U-22 Miss Broadway Tavern, Mike Webster (Reading, Penn.) 116.590 mph