Driver Profile: Dave Villwock
Dave Villwock joined Schumacher Racing during the 2013 season as a consultant and became the team manager.
This followed a driving career that produced 67 wins, the most by any driver in the history of the sport, including 10 National Championships and 10 Gold Cup victories.
In the summer of 2014, Villwock
returned to the driver's seat as pilot of the 37 Miss Beacon Plumbing.
A boat racer since age 16, Dave
accepted his first Unlimited Class assignment in 1989 as crew chief for Bill Bennett's MISS CIRCUS CIRCUS.
In 1990, Chip and Dave
emerged as National High Point Champions with six wins in eleven races.
Following years of success in the flat-bottom inboard category, Villwock
was High Point Champion in the 6-Litre Hydroplane Class in 1988 with Jerry Yoder's SUNSET CHEVROLET SPECIAL and set a 6-Litre heat record on a 1.25-mile course at 104.320 miles per hour.
At San Diego in 1992, Villwock
made his Unlimited driving debut aboard an experimental tandem-wing boat, COORS DRY, owned by Ron Jones, Jr.
scored an upset victory and became the first driver since Howie Benns in 1974 to win his
first-ever Unlimited race.
Over the years, Villwock
has driven some of the sport's greatest boats.
At the very first Unlimited race in which he
ever competed, Dave
steered the underrated COORS DRY to victory on San Diego's Mission Bay in 1992.
Driving Fred Leland's PICO AMERICAN DREAM from 1994 to 1996, he
claimed first-place in eight races, including one Gold Cup and the National Championship.
As pilot of Bernie Little's legendary MISS BUDWEISER from 1997 to 2004, he
won 37 races, four Gold Cups and six National Championships.
And with SPIRIT OF QATAR
(formerly ELLSTROM E-LAM PLUS) from2005 to 2012, he
won 23 races, five Gold Cups, and two National Championships.
In 2011, Dave
was National High Point Driver and triumphed in the APBA Gold Cup at Detroit, the Lamb-Weston Columbia Cup at the Tri-Cities (Washington), and the Bill Muncey Cup at San Diego.
In 2012, Villwock
added wins in the season opener at Madison, Indiana and the APBA Gold Cup in Detroit, the tenth time his
name was added to the historic trophy.
Driver: Dave Villwock
Team Manager: Dave Villwock