CARSTAR announced it will be sponsoring a boat for the fourth annual season in the H1 Unlimited Hydroplane boat racing series. The CARSTAR Puget Sound Business Group continued the sponsorship of the CARSTAR Powered KISW 99.99 Miss Rock hydroplane with radio partner U-99.9, which is piloted by H1 Unlimited rookie Aaron Salmon.
A former crew member for the U-11 J&D’s team, Salmon has been driving and working on hydroplanes in various classes for more than a decade. He’s an accomplished boat builder who recently completed a project for the Hydroplane and Race Boat Museum in Seattle. He connected with the CARSTAR team when the owner, Stacy Briseno, was looking for someone to repair the hydroplane after a 2017 crash.
When he isn’t on the water, Salmon builds rockets for aerospace company Blue Origin, founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, which is tasked with developing an affordable option for space travel.
“This has been my dream ever since I could walk,” said Salmon. “This is my 11th season, and I’ve worked hard every year and learned as much as I can from everybody I can. I learned everything I need to know about repairing boats from Unlimited Racing Group crew chief Scott Raney. The opportunity came to fix this boat and bring it back to what it was, and I jumped right on it.”
With two races on the schedule in Washington State, and with an event attendance of 150,000 to 200,000 spectators, it made sense for the CARSTAR Puget Sound Business Group to sponsor the boat.
“It’s a lot of exposure for us out here, especially during Seattle’s Seafair,” said Kevin Parsons, who owns five CARSTAR locations in the region. “We have a great looking boat and a very competitive team. We’ve been excited to see all the action this season.”