CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts announced it is sponsoring a boat in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane boat racing series. The CARSTAR Puget Sound Business Group put together the sponsorship of the boat, which is piloted by CARSTAR Collision Specialties II employee Kevin Eacret.
Eacret has been racing boats for the past decade. He started his racing career in the stock 4-cylendar class, then moved up to stock V-8, before moving into blown alcohol big block boats. This is his first season running in the H1 Unlimited class, which features the biggest and fastest boats in the world.
“I was contacted earlier this year about running in H1,” said Eacret. “She [the boat] had nobody. She had one guy with her, and he was the guy doing the gearboxes. I got together with a group of my friends and put together a crew and decided to take it on.”
Eacret’s Unlimited Hydroplane is powered by a Lycoming T-55/L7 Turbine engine out of a Chinook helicopter. The engine produces 3,000 horsepower, and will reach speeds of 200 mph on the 2 to 2.5-mile oval tracks on which the series races.
The race team, which was founded by boat racing legend Fred Leland, has seen quite a bit of success this season. With just one race left on the schedule, Eacret is currently in the top 10 of the series point standings. They are coming off of their best event to date in Detroit, where Eacret raced to three top 3 finishes, including one heat race win.
With two races on the schedule in Washington State, and with an event attendance of 150,000-200,000 spectators, it made sense for the CARSTAR Puget Sound Business Group to sponsor the boat. It also made for the perfect tie-in having a CARSTAR employee in the cockpit.
“It’s a lot of exposure for us out here, especially during Seattle’s Seafair,” said Brent Biggerstaff, spokesperson for the 22 CARSTAR locations of Puget Sound. “Kevin is such a nice guy. We’re in a really good situation to be on such a great looking boat.”
Eacret and his Leland Unlimited team attended the season finale, which took place Sept. 18-20 in San Diego.