Hydro Racing

Hydroplane teams hires female crew chief, a first for the sport

Cindy Shirley, the new crew chief of the Miss HomeStreet unlimited hydroplane, in the first female to hold the role in the sport's modern history. She shares a light moment with driver Jimmy Shane during following their first test run at the recent preseason testing day held on the Columbia River by the Tri-Cities Water Follies.
Cindy Shirley, the new crew chief of the Miss HomeStreet unlimited hydroplane, in the first female to hold the role in the sport's modern history. She shares a light moment with driver Jimmy Shane during following their first test run at the recent preseason testing day held on the Columbia River by the Tri-Cities Water Follies. Tri-City Herald

When she was 10 years old, Cindy Shirley stood near the two-story wall overlooking the Ohio River and watched below as unlimited hydroplane race teams worked furiously on their boats.

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