On the heels of winning the national championship last year, Miss
HomeStreet and driver Jimmy Shane opened the H1 Unlimited season today
with a 2nd-place finish at Guntersville Hydrofest.
Hundreds of fans gathered on the banks of Guntersville Lake to watch the
thunderboat action. If you blinked, you might have missed it –
sustaining speeds of up to 200mph, the turbine-powered hydroplanes
tackled the first course of the year with incredible skill and precision.
“While we’re always striving for a victory, the first race of the season
feels incredible nonetheless,” said Shane. “We’re thankful for the great
crowd of supporters in Guntersville who helped us kick off the season
with a ton of energy. We have a long season ahead of us, and we’re
already looking forward to our next race.”
Miss HomeStreet’s strong performance is a testament to the team’s
incredible resilience, having spent the offseason making significant
changes in the organization. Earlier this year, Cindy Shirley became the
team’s crew chief – the first woman to ever hold the leadership position
in the turbine-era of pro hydro racing. In addition, the team is in the
middle of building a brand-new racing boat. The 3,000 horsepower machine
will make its debut later this season.
The team’s next chance at victory comes early next month at the Madison
Regatta Indiana Governor’s Cup in Madison, Indiana. Fans can join the
team on the Ohio River July 6-8 or follow along online.
“We already have so much to be proud of this season,” Shirley said. “We
put on a great show today, but we can’t wait to see what we can do with
our new boat and continued support from our hometown fans in Madison.”
The Miss HomeStreet belongs to the Citizens of Madison, Indiana, the
oldest continuously active team in unlimited hydroplane history. The
team first took to the water in 1961 and has since taken home 30 race
wins around the country. Jimmy Shane joined the team in 2014 as the 21st
driver of the community-owned hydroplane.
For more on Miss HomeStreet’s racing schedule and team, visit their website
or check out HomeStreet Bank’s Twitter
About HomeStreet, Inc.
Now in its 97th year, HomeStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq:HMST) is a diversified
financial services company headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and is
the holding company for HomeStreet Bank, a state-chartered, FDIC-insured
commercial bank. HomeStreet offers consumer, commercial and private
banking services and investment and insurance products, and originates
residential and commercial mortgages and construction loans for
borrowers located in the Western United States and Hawaii. Additional
information on HomeStreet Bank can be found at www.homestreet.com.
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