Keeping Pace

JW Myers selected to drive U-37 for 2010 H1 Unlimited season

JW Myer has been named driver of the U-37 BSR Umlimited Hydroplane. Myer made several starts last season as substitute driver and was the 2004 Unlimited Hydroplane Rookie of the Year. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Dahl NW Speedshots)
JW Myer has been named driver of the U-37 BSR Umlimited Hydroplane. Myer made several starts last season as substitute driver and was the 2004 Unlimited Hydroplane Rookie of the Year. (Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Dahl NW Speedshots)

U-37 owner Billy Schumacher has selected veteran Unlimited pilot JW Myers as his team’s driver taking over for Jean Theoret. Myer subbed for an injured Theoret in three races last season.

Courtesy: ABRA Media Relations

When Jean Theoret was injured in the first race of 2009 in Madison, Schumacher called on Myers to take over the U-37 in Detroit, Tri Cities and Seattle. Myers earned Schumacher’s praise while subbing for Theoret.   “J Dub has the qualities you look for,” said Schumacher.  “He’s a fighter when he needs to be, but he drives smart and listens to me and the crew.  With the improvements we are making to the boat and motors, we think he’ll have the chance to be a front runner.”

Myers Unlimited career began in 2003 with Fred Leland’s U-100 team, where he was fastest qualifier in San Diego and earned Rookie of the Year Honors.  In 2004, he drove the U-8 (now the U-37) for Bill Wurster.  Driving half a season for Erick Ellstrom in the U-16 in 2005, Myers scored the single victory of his career in Madison and finished second twice. In 2006, JW served as crewman and driver for Kim Gregory’s U-10.

John W Myers III began  his racing career in 1982 at age 9, following in the footsteps of his father John, a well known outboard racer. He soon made a name as an outboard runabout driver, scoring four national high point championships and setting 11 world records in a 20-year career.  In 1999, he moved to the Unlimited Lights series, driving Bob Larimore’s UL 23 Pegasus until 2001.  He was also the UL Rookie of the Year in 1999.

Myers is 36 years old and makes his home in Burien, Washington, where he is a roofing contractor.




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