In August, we ran a story here about Gary Hansen’s involvement with the Miss Red Dot unlimited hydroplane. At the time of the story, the boat stood third in the season’s standings. This is the first year of Red Dot’s full-year sponsorship of the racer that Gary helped engineer, and the first year that the team is competing for national points through a full season.
The company recently sent an update on the remainder of their racing season. If baseball’s over for you, and your hometown football team isn’t living up to its preseason press clippings, Gary and his driver Kip Brown invite you to watch his company’s team in action in the Air National Guard Hydroplane Series. Televised coverage begins this Sunday, Oct 9th, on Versus/NBC Sports at 1 p.m. Pacific time (4 p.m. Eastern) with races from Madison, Indiana.
Lest you think “all racing is the same” (it ain’t…), you might want to look in on some of these. The boat uses a Lycoming turbine engine and burns jet fuel; it can approach 200 mph on the straightaway. We’re not sure how this one is set up, but when the same engine was used in a Viet Nam-era CH-47 Chinook helicopter it could deliver over 2600 shaft horsepower and sucked fuel at 4-plus gallons per minute. Those numbers have probably increased.
Seven other races will be televised before the end of the year, including Detroit, Oct 16 ; Tri-Cities, Oct 23; Seattle, Oct 30; San Diego, Nov 6; H1 Special, Nov 13; and Doha, Qatar on Dec 25.
Thanks to MACS member Red Dot for this blog submission.