Sunday, July 13, 2014

Jon Zimmerman says U-9 crew has to 'work hard' to get boat ready to race at Tri-Cities

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Jon Zimmerman got a chipped tooth, a disappointed psyche and an uncertain immediate racing future after he and the U-9 unlimited hydroplane crashed during a Detroit Gold Cup heat race on the Detroit River.
“I’ve got a little bump in my ribs; that’s about it,” Zimmerman, who said he also chipped a tooth in the Saturday crash. “Everything else is just fine.”
The same could not be said for the U-9 Red Dot/Spirit of Qatar, the Jones Racing boat based in Kent, Wash.
“We’re going to have to work hard to get it to Tri-Cities (to race the final weekend in July in Washington),” Zimmerman said Sunday. “The biggest deal is, we’ve got to find some parts, or build some parts.”
The U-9 crew took the boat engine apart.
“We had to get all the water out of the engine and get it so it doesn’t rust up and (become) unusable before we get home,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman thought the U-9 was capable of winning the Gold Cup.
“We went out there with a plan,” he said. “We had a plan to babysit the boat and save it for the final.
“We were laying up a little bit to save something for the final.”
But the plan was foiled when Zimmerman hit a “bump” in the water on the final lap of a heat race.
His boat went into the air and turned completely around before landing on its bottom.
“It hit that bump, it popped up, did a little wheelie and wouldn’t come back down,” Zimmerman said.
“It’s hard to see that stuff coming, and you can’t really do anything about it anyway. It’s there. You’re going to go through it.”

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