Jeff Bernard – Driver U-7

Driver of U7 Unlimited for Team Porter Racing.

Team Porter Racing has signed Jeff Bernard to pilot the U-7 for the 2016 season. The addition of the U-7 and Bernard gives the MainSource Bank Indiana Governor’s Cup presented by Belterra Casino and Resort (July 1-3) an eight boat H1 Unlimited Hydroplane field.

Bernard, born in Allen Park, Mich. and now living in Kent, Wash., is a fourth generation racer who began racing powerboats in 1993 at the age of nine. In 2002 at the age of 17, he advanced to inboard hydroplane racing. He is still actively racing in the inboard category and has won 9 National Championships, 11 Regional Championships, three Summer Nationals, two World Championships, three Western Divisional, one Eastern Divisional, one North American Championship, and set seven World Records.

In 2012 and 2015, Bernard was inducted into the APBA Hall of Champions. He is the nephew of former hydroplane drivers Mark and Mike Weber and is the step son of former driver and APBA Gold Cup Champion Terry Troxell.

Last season, he handled radio race communications for driver, Jimmy Shane and the 2015 Oh Boy! Oberto National High Point Championship hydroplane team.

Bernard drove the U-5 Miss hydroplane for Team Porter Racing (2007-11). He earned victories at the 2008 Indiana Governor’s Cup race in Madison, Indiana, the 2008 Bill Muncey Cup in San Diego, Calif. and the 2009 Thunder on the Ohio race in Evansville, Ind. In the 2009 race, Team Porter grabbed the one-two finish with teammate J. Michael Kelly finishing second in Evansville.

Bernard’s first unlimited hydroplane ride was in 2005 in Fred Leland’s U-99 Lakeridge Paving at the Seattle Seafair Race.