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Jamie Nilsen began racing at the age of 12. Racing has always been a passionate endeavor of his but prides himself on demonstrating a strong emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship, and family values. In Outboard Hydroplane racing Jamie has set 12 world speed records (currently still holds 6), won 15 national high point championships, won 3 national championship races and inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions twice. Moving into Inboard Hydroplane Racing he was the 2013 5 liter National Champion, won the San Diego Bayfair Grand Prix race in 2016, was the 2017 & 2018 Grand Prix Eastern Div Champion and the 2018 Grand Prix North American Champion. Jamie got his first ride in an Unlimited Hydroplane in 2010 on the U-37 where Scott Raney was the Crew Chief. In 2013 he qualified as an Unlimited driver and in 2014 posted his first heat victory in Madison, IN. In addition to driving the U-11 J&D’s presented by Reliable Diamond Tool Unlimited Hydroplane, he is also driving the Grand Prix GP-55 owned by Scott Pierce.
Scott & Shannon Raney, long-time veterans of Unlimited Hydroplane Racing, formed their own H1 Unlimited Race team in 2011.
After breaking into hydroplane racing sweeping floors and doing odd jobs for Bill Wurster’s U-8 team, then moving up to crew member and finally Crew Chief, Scott Raney has notched multiple victories in the Unlimited ranks.
Scott Raney (“Pyro”)
Scott has worked on Mr. Pringles, Ultra Bold & Dash, Tide, International News, Budweiser, E-Lam Plus, and two different stints with LLumar Window Film, as well as with Schumacher Racing on the U-37 Beacon Plumbing. An accomplished 1.5 Liter hydro driver in his own right, Scott’s first job as crew chief was with the U-8 in 1997. He was instrumental in constructing the new boat for Ellstrom Manufacturing in 2001. In 2002, Scott was contracted by then-owner Bill Wurster to modify the former Budweiser T-4 ‘experimental’ hull into the ‘new’ U-8 LLumar Window Film. Utilizing the data and experience from previous boats, Pyro skillfully crafted a ‘new’ boat that was successful right out of the box. He also formed his own company, Performance Composites, to build and fabricate parts for the boat racing community.
With a total of seven victories under his belt as Crew Chief, including the 2006 Gold Cup, and U.I.M. World Championship, he is now setting his sights on the ultimate goal in the sport: a National Championship. And with the U-11 team, he feels that he has the tools to make those goals a reality. Scott cites former Mr. Pringles head man Dan Heye as a major influence on how he conducts business as a crew chief. “Danny was the most thorough person I have ever worked with and taught me that preparation is the key to success.” Scott was voted by his peers as crew chief of the year in 2005 and 2006.