Burien resident JW Myers stepped in as substitute driver for Jean Theoret and piloted the U-37 Hoss Mortgage Investors hydroplane Sunday to a third place finish in the Seafair Chevrolet Cup Hydroplane race held on Lake Washington, with an average speed of 130.322.
Myers stepped in and won Heat 2B, averaging 137.776 after Theoret stepped aside Saturday due to feeling repercussions of a serious blowover accident he suffered on July 5th.
According to The Seattle Times :
Myers won Heat 2B and said he especially enjoyed having success at Seafair.
“I used to sneak under the ropes at Seafair when I was a kid, and Chip Hanauer is my hero,” Myers said. “I just wish I was the driver for another reason.”
According to the American Boat Racing Association website :
“It was rough, but it was Seattle.Â We showed them how to start.Â They showed us how to finish. I am not sure what the rest of the Summer will hold.Â I need to work on catching up on my roofing business.”
Myers is no stranger to racing, with 11 world records and five National Championships in the outboard class of hydroplanes. In 2003 he received the ABRA Rookie of the Year award while driving for Fred Leland.Â An accomplished racer, Myers was also the Unlimited Lights Rookie of the Year.
Prior to his substitution for the injured Theoret, Myers was Crew Chief and back up driver for U-25 Superior Racing. His “regular day job” appears to be in the roofing industry.
For full race results, click here .
We here at The B-Town Blog send a serious shoutout to our talented neighbor “J-Dub,” and hope he continues his successful (and safe) career driving these amazing machines.