by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:
Jimmy Shane drove the Graham Trucking hydroplane to a victory Sunday in the Albert Lee Appliance Cup at Seafair.
Shane, 27, upset a near-perfect weekend for favorite Steve David, who drove the Oh Boy! Oberto boat. David, the National High Points leader, had won the previous three Albert Lee Appliance Cups at Seafair and took second on Sunday.
Kip Brown in the Spirit of Qatar took third.
“We were definitely set back after Saturday, not finishing the heat,” Shane told KIRO 7 after his win. “But the team kept at it. We got through the mechanical gremlins, figured out what we had to do to get into the final first of all, and then once we knew we were in the final we said: ‘You know what? We’re going to throw everything we got at it.’”
Shane, who has been racing boats since age 8, is part of a big racing family. His father, mother and older sister have all won national championships in various APBA inboard classes.
Before qualifying as an Unlimited driver in 2007, he won three National High Point Championships, three World Championships, two Canadian High Point Championships and won four times in the tough Gran Prix class. He also set seven Closed Course UIM World Records, and one Kilo Straightaway UIM World Record and was inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions three times.
After five years as a backup driver for Ted Porter’s Precision Performance Race Team, Jimmy was given the full-time seat in the 5 Graham Trucking for the 2012 season and became an instant front-runner. Just three races into the season, he scored an impressive win in the 2012 Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup in the Tri-Cities.