U-12 Racing LLC / Graham Trucking Racing

Rob Graham, Team Owner

Rob Graham and Graham Trucking, Inc. first became involved with racing through one of his employees, Jerry Hopp, who along with his son Greg became one of the most successful ULHRA teams. In 1995, GTI became a sponsor of the Unlimited Light class and continued to play a vital roll until the group disbanded in 2008. The Graham trucking cup now features the Formula 1 series.

This partnership lead to GTI’s sponsorship of the Graham Trucking Cup at Seafair, as well as being the title sponsor of the Thunder Cup in Tri-Cities and the purchase of the U-12 Racing Team.  He is now the Team owner and excited about it.

U-12 Racing LLC / Graham Trucking Racing

J Michael Kelly, Driver U-12

Michael Kelly signed a multi-year agreement as the primary driver in March 2015, ensuring the team of his services for the foreseeable future.

Kelly (also known as JMK) won the first of five Oryx Cup World Championships in November 2009, claiming the inaugural Doha, Qatar race with the 7 Graham Trucking and backing it up with the 2014 title as well.

Kelly drove for Graham Trucking Team as the pilot of the 7 Graham Trucking in 2009-10, when he finished on the podium eight times in 12 races – one first, five seconds, and two-thirds. His first career win in the unlimited class was the 2009 Oryx Cup UIM World Championship victory, starting Porter’s dominance at the Oryx Cup. Kelly has been a fixture among the top drivers in the sport since breaking into the unlimited ranks.

The 2017 season is Kelly’s 30th season of boat racing. During his career, he has set 23 world records in various classes, six of which are still current, and is a three-time American Power Boat Association Hall of Champions inductee (2003, 2004, and 2010). Kelly also has a total of eight national championships, 15 high point’s championships, and 25 APBA divisional titles. In 2009, Kelly won the New Zealand Des Geddes Memorial Grand Prix Hydro event. He also became the first person in APBA history to win four championships in a single Nationals, at the 2010 event.

The 2004 Unlimited class Rookie of the Year, Kelly was also the winner of the Babcock Award in 2003 and 2004.

JMK placed second in the 2015 National High Point Championship with four podium finishes and notching his second consecutive Seafair crown, taking the 2015 win from Jimmy Shane after an amazing five lap battle that was easily one of the best in H1 Unlimited history. He also won the 2015 Madison Regatta Exhibition Shootout.  He won the coveted Gold Cup in Detroit, Michigan in August of 2016.

Kelly and his wife Angela have three sons, Brennan, Carson, and newborn Asher. They live in Bonney Lake, Wash.

U-12 Racing LLC / Graham Trucking Racing

Tom Anderson, Crew Chief U-12

Anderson has been involved in unlimited hydroplane racing as a crew member for over 30 years. Tom’s early years in the sport were spent primarily as a turbine engine specialist for several teams including Mr. Pringles, T-Plus and Miss Budweiser. He first became a crew chief for Ron Jones Jr in the mid 90’s and went on to work with owners Jim Harvey and Fred Leland.

Tom joined Ted Porter’s PPE, LLC team in 2007 and moved to Crew Chief of the U5 in 2008 where he and Jeff Bernard scored their first victory in only the second race of the season at the Indiana Governors Cup in Madison Indiana. The team went on to be the only repeat race winners in 2008 by capturing the Bill Muncie Cup in San Diego, California. Since 2008, Tom has twice been awarded Crew Chief of the Year and the U5 team along with drivers, Bernard, Jimmy Shane and J. Michael Kelly have compiled an impressive record of 3 World Championships, 1 National Championship and 18 victories, and 1 Gold Cup, making them one of the most successful teams in recent years.

Professionally, Tom left full time boat racing in the late 1990’s to work in Boeing’s wind tunnels operating the Transonic and Super Sonic tunnels. He has since left Boeing and is a manager for Blue Origin where he enjoys building space vehicles. Tom, wife Kellie and son Brody live in Renton, Wa.