H1 Unlimited chairman Sam Cole wanted to respond to some of Ed Cooper's comments in a story that ran in Sunday's Herald.
Specifically, Cooper said he was upset about the lack of qualifying time scheduled at race sites.
Cole sent this release:
"Want to set the record straight after reading your article.
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1. Attached is a copy of a spreadsheet showing how many testing and qualifying laps each team ran in 2009. Provided by the H1 timers and scorers.
2. The U-3 ran the fewest laps of any boat in testing/qualifying - less than one lap in testing (average) and just 2 laps in qualifying (average).
3. The U-3 average was half of what the next boat's average number of laps were - only 2.8 laps per event. Please compare that to the other teams. Oberto averaged 22 laps per event!
We are working with every race site to maximize the amount of time our boats get in the water. There is NO site that provides us six hours a day any more. If you consider that Ed's team averaged about five minutes per race in pre-race testing and qualifying over a three-day period -- you might understand why race sites have added air shows and other classes of boats to entertain the fans who pay to see these boats race. I am not sure there are many people out there that want to spend $45 to wait for one boat to run one lap a day on Friday and Saturday. Thank goodness we have 11 other teams out there preparing to race!
After reading his comments and looking at the statistics - it really takes a lot more testing to "dial-in" a turbine boat than it does to "sneak-up" on them with a piston engine - he seems to get the job done with the least amount of effort."
- Before the first race was run Sunday, Tri-Cities Water Follies president Mike Denslow was ready for the day to be over.
Not because it's been a long year preparing for this event. But he wants everyone to leave here in one piece.
"That first turn is scary," said Denslow. "I just want everyone to be OK when they leave here today."
UNLIMITED LIGHTS: UL-10 driver Austin Eacret was slated to be the eighth boat of the final race, forced to ride 5 seconds behind the rest of the pack at the start after failing to finish the B Main earlier in the day. But after a warm-up lap, he drove off the course before the start of the race and did not participate. ... Atomic Cup champion Kayleigh Perkins will take her win to Seafair in Seattle in two weeks, where she's also the defending champ. ... Local driver Vince Xuadaro and his UL-929 failed to complete a race all weekend. He finished with no points. ... UL-40 driver Mike Movinski and UL-77 driver Dan McCulloch failed to start the B Main, giving Perkins a much easier win. Both were ahead of Perkins in points prior to pulling out. ... The Unlimited Lights B Main race was not worth any points, but was simply used to give drivers one last opportunity to make it into the final. But when four boats scheduled for the B Main didn't come out to race, all four remaining boats that did were awarded a place in the final.