Jimmy Shane will be the next driver for the Miss Madison/ Oh Boy! Oberto team.
He will be the 20th driver to sit in the cockpit of the Miss Madison Unlimited hydroplane in the team's upcoming 53rd year of competition.
At least half a dozen sources close to the situation, and with direct knowledge, have indictaed to Hydro News that Shane will be in the seat of the U-6 in 2014.
Shane was hired over this past weekend and signed a contract with the Miss Madison team.
The 2013 National Champion driver will replace Steve David, who retired after a 13 year run as driver for the Miss Madison team.
David won 18 career races, 14 of those while driving the U-6.
He brought the city of Madison, Indiana 6 Driver's National Championships, 4 National High Points Championships and left the sport it's winningest active driver.
Shane and David battled for the National title in 2013. The Champion wasn't decided until the last heat of racing in San Diego, when Shane came from behind to win his first championship in Ted Porter's 5 Graham Trucking.
Shane burst onto the Unlimited scene in 2012.
After being a part time, backup driver for Porter, he got his first full time ride in the U-5 and it didn't take long to reach the top step of the winner's podium.
In only his 3rd race as a full time driver, Shane won the Lamb Weston Cup at Tri Cities in dramtic fashion, defeating J. Michael Kelly narrowly at the line.
Five more race wins followed in 2012 and 2013, along with back to back UIM World Championships, and his 6 victories happened in only a 13 race span in those two years.
Shane also finished as runner-up to Steve David for the 2012 National points, a man he would replace a year later.
No official word from the Miss Madison/Oh Boy! Oberto team on Shane's hiring.