|Photo from Kip Brown's Facebook page.H1 Unlimited Media Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - April 17, 2013:
Ellstrom Racing Announces Kip Brown To Drive Spirit of Qatar 95
April 17 2013 - Tiffany Troxell Brown thought her husband Kip looked good in maroon and white at the 2013 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship in Doha, Qatar in February. Kip Brown, driver of the 17 Miss Red Dot on the 2012 H1 Unlimited Hydroplane circuit, found himself wearing the colors of the host country of Qatar in the 2013 season opener on Doha Bay. Brown drove the 95 Spirit of Qatar at the February event in a replacement boat for the 96 Spirit of Qatar which was badly damaged in a crash and fire during the running of the 2012 Oryx Cup in Doha in January.
Spirit of Qatar owner Erick Ellstrom and His Excellency Sheikh Hassan bin Jabor Al-Thani, president of the Qatar Marine Sports Federation, have announced that Brown will continue to wear maroon and white and drive the 95 Spirit of Qatar in 2013. “It’s going to take some time to get the 96 repaired and back on the water,” explained Ellstrom. “In the mean-time, we feel it’s important that our sponsor be represented by a quality driver in the H1 series. Our experience with Kip Brown in Doha in February was very positive and we feel very good about working with him for the 2013 season.”
Ellstrom also indicated that his team’s damaged boat may appear at selected races in 2013 once repairs are completed and the hull is considered safe and competitive. This opens the way for the possibility of seeing the Spirit of Qatar 96 alongside the 95 in the pit area and both boats competing before the end of the season.
Looking forward to the season, Brown said, “I am very honored and happy to be asked to continue to represent Qatar for the rest of the season. The excitement we felt from the fans in Doha mirrored my excitement about the sport and made for a very special experience.” Brown added, “Representing a company is a big responsibility and I always take that very seriously, but representing an entire country takes that to another level. I look forward to representing Ellstrom Racing, Sheikh Hassan and the people of Qatar to the best of my ability.”