Hydroplane legend Steve David announces retirement after 25 years
Seattle Times staff reporter
Steve David, the winningest active driver on the unlimited hydroplane circuit, announced Thursday night he is retiring.
The 59-year-old David has been on the circuit for 25 years and had his most success since taking over as the driver of the Oh Boy! Oberto/Miss Madison in 2001.
David has won the national driver’s championship six times since 2005, and also piloted the boat to wins at Seafair in 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
David will drive in the San Diego Bayfair race this weekend, hoping to win another national driver’s title and national title for his boat, and then will hang it up.
In a statement, David said it was simply time for him to begin “starting a new chapter’’ in his life after 44 years overall in boat racing.
David has 18 race wins and also drove the Oberto to four national championships.
The statement said the Oberto team would begin looking for a new driver.
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