How was your performance in 2018? What were your strong and weak points?
With a brand new designed hull in 2018, we had a lot of work to sort out the set up issues with the new hull. This left much to be desired in the first half of the season. We were consistently improving, very strong on starts and strong in rough water. We were very weak in acceleration which we found our problems toward the end of the season in securing a win in the final race of 2018 in New Jersey against strong competition.
Are there any changes to your boat or your team?
New Racepack data logger, new engine set up and some new engine parts. We have added several new propellers to our stable and also made our existing propellers even better.
Do you have any rituals just before the race?
To relax and think about the timing marks, evaluate who is in the heat with us, our lane and visualize how the race will go.
What are your goals for the 2019 season?
We are hoping to secure a top 3 spot in the championship standings as well as at least one race win. The top goal of the season is a championship and multiple wins.
You have been racing hydroplanes for five years now, but your involvement in the sport goes back a long time.
Yes! My father Jim has always been an avid boat racing fan. I grew up watching him and my brothers Kent and Bert Henderson take part in different competitions and for 20 years now, I have held different roles in their crew.
What made you want to become a driver yourself?
Watching my brothers set world records and win championships definitely provided motivation for me. I purchased my Formula 2500 as soon as I could and named it after my dad’s offshore and poker run race teams.
Being a hydroplane driver is almost a full-time job, but you are involved in other ways too.
I started a shirt apparel business when I got into the sport that I am very proud of. We make race team shirts and driving suits for the HRL, the APBA and two H1 Unlimited teams. The business has steadily grown over the years and we are now making custom shirts for major auto parts suppliers, as well as other racing series, including the NHRA and Lucas Oil Drag Boat Series.
I enjoy walking around the pits and seeing my fellow racers and their crew wearing shirts I helped create. It is an opportunity for me to support the sport and save everyone some money. Of course, my own crew all have matching shirts, sweaters and jackets. Even our pop-up tent matches the boat’s bright colors!
Being from Brockville, I also am a member of the 1000 Islands Regatta organizing committee. This may seem like a lot, but it doesn’t feel like work; it truly is a passion for me.
Crew Chief & Engine Tuning
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