|11/1/2012 4:05:00 PM|
San Diego Appeal Upheld
H1 Unlimited gave Steve David and the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison the only Halloween treat they wanted by announcing a decision to uphold the team's appeal and award the Oberto victory at San Diego.
|RESULTS SHIFT: Steve David and the U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison (above, left) and Jimmy Shane and the U-5 Graham Trucking are shown battling down the backstretch at San Diego in September. David won the race and was even awarded the trophy (below) but had the victory taken away after a tech inspection disqualified him and gave the win to Shane. On Wednesday, H1 Unlimited upheld the Miss Madisonís appeal to give the win back to David. (Photo by Chris Denslow, H1 Unlimited, above, and Miss Madison Racing, below)|
Steve David's All-Time Wins
1993-Lewisville, Texas-Miss T-Plus
1993-Honolulu, Hawaii-Miss T-Plus
1995-Kansas City, Mo.-Miss T-Plus
2001-Madison, Ind.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2005-Evansville, Ind.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2007-Seattle, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2007-San Diego, Calif.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2008-Tri-Cities, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2009-Tri-Cities, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2010-Madison, Ind.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2010-Tri-Cities, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2010-Seattle, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2011-Madison, Ind.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2011-Seattle, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2012-Seattle, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto
2012-San Diego, Calif.-Oh Boy! Oberto
Miss Madison Racing's All-Time Wins
1965-Guntersville, Ala.-Miss Madison-Buddy Byers
1971-Madison, Ind.-Miss Madison-Jim McCormick
1971-Tri-Cities, Wash.-Miss Madison-Jim McCormick
1983-Lake Ozarks, Mo.-Rich Food Plan-Ron Snyder
1993-San Diego, Calif.-Frosted Flakes-Mike Hanson
2001-Madison, Ind.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2005-Evansville, Ind.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2007-Seattle, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2007-San Diego, Calif.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2008-Tri-Cities, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2009-Tri-Cities, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2010-Madison, Ind.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2010-Tri-Cities, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2010-Seattle, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2011-Madison, Ind.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2011-Seattle, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2012-Seattle, Wash.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
2012-San Diego, Calif.-Oh Boy! Oberto-Steve David
TOP 10 VICTORIES
1. Bernie Little, 134
2. Bill Muncey, 29
2. Ellstrom Family, 28
4. Ole Bardahl, 27
4. Joe & Lee Schoenith, 27
6. Dave Heerensperger, 25
7. Fran Muncey, 24
8. City of Madison, Ind., 18
8. Willard Rhodes, 18
10. Fred Leland, 17
1. Dave Villwock, 67
2. Bill Muncey, 62
3. Chip Hanauer, 61
4. Dean Chenoweth, 25
5. Jim Kropfeld, 22
6. Billy Schumacher, 17
7. Ron Musson, 16
7. Steve David, 16
7. Tom D'Eath, 16
10. Chuck Thompson, 15
The announcement came Wednesday evening after a six-week wait and vindicated the team's claims that the monitoring equipment used by H1 was faulty.
"This has been an involved process and I want to thank Fred Hauenstein, and his committee for their efforts," H1 Unlimited Chairman Sam Cole said in the announcement. "As we stated from the beginning, our goal was to apply the necessary time and effort needed to come to an accurate assessment of the equipment involved and the decision that had been reached as a result of the readings at the conclusion of our San Diego event."
David won the race on San Diego's Mission Bay last month but was disqualified after a post-race inspection found that the team had a flagrant fuel violation. Unlimited hydroplanes are only allowed 4.1 gallons per minute and the Oberto was found to be much higher.
The Miss Madison team appealed immediately saying that the equipment used by H1 to monitor fuel flow was not working properly.
Cole and H1 Chief Referee Mike Noonan felt that the Miss Madison team had enough of a case to warrant the appeal and Cole appointed a committee, headed by Hauenstein - a former head of engineering for Mercury high performance and a former UIM commissioner and head of the APBA - to oversee the process.
The monitoring equipment, which is supplied by RacePak, was sent back to the manufacturer in Los Angeles for testing and Miss Madison crew chief Mike Hanson and crew member Jimmy Gilbert were allowed to present the team's case.
To the Oh Boy! Oberto team, the problem was simple: The equipment was not monitoring the low pressure accurately. After looking at the data and hearing testimony by Hanson and Gilbert, the appeals committee - which also included, among others, former Unlimited owner and crew chief Jim Harvey, current U-11 Miss Peters & May co-owner and crew chief Scott Raney, U-88 Degree Men co-owner Adam Gregory, and Doug Ford, one of the sport's leading technical experts - ruled 7-0 in favor of upholding the Oberto's appeal.
"The hearing committee met by telephone conference and heard input from parties directly involved with the appeal as well as technical experts," Hauenstein said in the statement. "As a result, the committee unanimously agreed to allow the appeal. In other words, recommending reversal of the DQ at the San Diego final race.
"The H1 rules require that the low pressure flow rater data only be used to judge legality of a contestant. However, in the final heat, the U-6 low pressure flow rater data was judged to be in error," Hauenstein added. "There was an unacceptable amount of 'noise' in the signal and the high pressure flow rater data was consistent with previous heats in which the low data was legal."
The appeals committee's decision came down on Monday but per H1 rules, there must be a minimum of 48 hours before a board meeting can be called. On Wednesday, the H1 board voted 7-3 to accept the committee's recommendation.
"On behalf of my team and me personally, I want to thank the H1 appeals committee for their considerable research and deliberations resulting in their unanimous vote to support our appeal and thus the H-1 Board vote to reinstate the Oh Boy Oberto as the winner of the 2012 San Diego Bayfair race, and the Peters and May North American Championship," David said in a post on Facebook. "I also appreciate the H1 efforts to enhance the governing aspects of the waterside of our sport to reduce tensions, give you our fans immediate decisions, and provide the very best competition our sport can provide. We look forward to fierce and fair competition in January at the world championships in Doha, Qatar, and throughout the coming years."
"We can now put this event in our rear view mirrors and move forward to the Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar, in January and the continued growth of the sport," Cole said.
However, U-5 Graham Trucking owner Ted Porter - who is a member of the H1 Board of Directors - appealed the decision. It was Porter's Graham Trucking, driven by Jimmy Shane, that was awarded the win in San Diego when David was disqualified.
The decision has a huge impact on the 2012 points race. With the 400 points for winning the San Diego final heat restored, David has all but sewn up the Oh Boy! Oberto's fourth national championship in five years and his sixth driver's title in eight years.
David will take a 652-point lead over Dave Villwock and the U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96 into the final race of the season in Doha, Qatar, in January. Shane sits in third place, 824 points back. All other teams have been mathematically eliminated.
The victory was the 16th of David's long career and moves him into a three-way tie with Ron Musson and Tom D'Eath for seventh all-time. It was also the 18th for Miss Madison Racing and ties the team with former Miss Thriftway owner Willard Rhodes for eighth all-time.
The final race of the 2012 Air National Guard Hydroplane Series will actually take place in 2013 and will be held Jan. 10-12 in Doha.
H1 Unlimited Points Standings
2012 AIR NATIONAL GUARD SERIES
Current Points Standings
(After 5 of 6 races)
1. U-6 Oh Boy! Oberto-7,397
2. U-1 Spirit of Qatar 96-6,745--652
3. U-5 Graham Trucking-6,573--824
4. U-9 Jones Racing-4,891--2,506
5. U-37 Miss Beacon Plumbing-4,103--3,294
6. U-88 Degree Men-3,879--3,518
7. U-100 Leland Unlimited-3,543--3,854
8. U-11 Miss Peters & May-3,347--4,050
9. U-17 Miss Red Dot-2,838--4,559
10. U-57 Evans Bros. Racing-2,759--4,638
11. U-21 Go Fast Turn Left Racing-1,252--6,145
12. U-18 Bucket List Racing-690--6,707
13. U-99 Leland Unlimited II-582--6,815
14. U-22 Matrix Systems-510--6,887
15. U-13 Tubby's Grilled Subs-30--7,367
1. Steve David, U-6-7,397
2. Dave Villwock, U-1-6,745--652
3. Jimmy Shane, U-5 -6,573--824
4. Jon Zimmerman, U-9-4,891--2,506
5. J. Michael Kelly, U-37-4,103--3,294
6. Scott Liddycoat, U-88-3,879--3,518
7. Greg Hopp, U-100-3,543--3,854
8. Mark Evans, U-57- 2,759--4,638
9. J.W. Myers, U-11-2,669--4,728
10. Kip Brown, U-17-1,768--5,629
11. Brian Perkins, U-21-1,252--6,145
12. Nate Brown, U-17-732--6,665
13. Tommy Thompson, U-11-678--6,719
14. Mike Webster, U-22-510--6,887
15. Kelly Stocklin, U-18-436--6,961
16. Jeff Bernard, U-17-338--7,059
17. Ryan Mallow, U-99-157--7,240
18. Cal Phipps, U-13-30--7,367
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