Sacramento, Ca - May 21, 2013 - When asked about his
plans for the 2013 racing season, Dave Villwock
said, " I don't plan to drive again but I will always be around boat racing.
If someone is trying to figure out why they don't go fast, I might be able to help."
added, "I want to thank the Ellstrom family for the tremendous opportunity they gave me to be part of a great team with great equipment.
We are not aware of his
future plans, but we wish Dave
nothing but the best in his
was the H1 Unlimited National High Point Driving Champion in 2011, scoring wins in the Ellstrom family's Spirit of Qatar at the APBA Gold Cup at Detroit, the Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup at the Tri-Cities and the Bill Muncey Cup at San Diego Bayfair
ended that season with 65 career victories, surpassing the late Bill Muncey, who accumulated 62 victories between 1956 and 1981, and the retired Chip Hanauer, who won 61 races between 1979 and 1999.
In 2012, Villwock
took the checkered flag in the season opener at Madison, Indiana and the APBA Gold Cup in Detroit, the tenth time his
name has been added to the historic trophy, raising his
career total to 67 wins.
Prior to his
involvement as a crew chief and driver in the unlimited ranks, Villwock
was one of the top drivers and engine builders in inboard hydro and flat-bottom racing.
In 1989, he became crew chief of Miss Circus Circus - driven by Hanauer.
quickly learned the fine points of tuning hydroplane hulls and propellers and managed the team to the 1990 National Championship.
While acting as Hanauer's crew chief, Villwock qualified for his unlimited driver's license and at San Diego in 1992, made his debut as an Unlimited driver with an experimental two-wing boat, owned by Ron Jones, Jr. Villwock scored an upset victory and, in so doing, became the first driver since Howie Benns in 1974 to win his first-ever Unlimited race.
After winning the Gold Cup and the national championship in Fred Leland's Pico American Dream in 1996, Villwock
was hired by Bernie Little to pilot the legendary Miss Budweiser.
Steve David, Villwock's arch rival for more than a decade, commented, "Dave
made every team he ever joined competitive and in some cases dominant.
There is no doubt that history will remember Dave Villwock
as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport."