BAY CITY, Michigan - Herd Racing's #66 Kingdom Energy Brands entry at the North American Championship at Bay City, Michigan, finished up on the end of a rope - literally. The team's Seebold Formula 1 race boat suffered engine failure early in the race, resulting in a 14th place run, and a tow to the dock at the conclusion of the contest.
"Things went fine on Friday. The boat was good in practice and we were looking forward to a good weekend," said team pilot Dana Tomes. "We went out to qualify on Saturday and we had an electrical short that charged the boat's carbon fiber hull and melted down everything."
The team, lead by crew chief Dan Bunting and team members Jeff Vasko and Ed Schnell, worked all day Saturday and most of the day Sunday to get the boat's wiring, switches, pumps, and engine changed for the North American Championship final.
"We are so thankful to the many people who jumped in to help us. We had people from the 17, 27, 38, 62 and 72 teams, and a few others, helping us find the source, get the wiring stripped out and re-rigged in time for the final," Tomes said. "Everyone worked together to get it fixed enough to get it on the water. We owe getting on the water to a lot of people who helped us out with parts, labor and brain power."
While not ideal, the team's 14th place run elevated the team from 18th to 15th in the USF1 points race. The team has a short week for repairs before heading off to Pittsburgh on Friday for the city's annual Three Rivers Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, July 4 and 5.