U-98 Racing Team

U-98 Racing / Graham Trucking Racing

Rob Graham, Owner for U-98 Racing Team

 

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-98 Racing / Graham Trucking Racing

Corey Peabody, Driver for U-98 Racing

 

Corey got his start in racing in 1998 under the Kelly family racing in the Seattle Outboard Association.   Between the years 1998 to 2008 Corey was able to get experience in driving every class SOA had to offer in the Stock Mod and Pro categories.  After racking up a few region high point titles Corey decided he wanted some experience in the 500 700 and 1100 pro capsule classes.  That year Corey was able to podium in 700 and 1100 hydro at the APBA national championships. While involved in the 700 class Corey was able to obtain the 700 hydro straight away kilo record at 128 mph.

Later in his racing career Corey decided he wanted to get involved in the inboard category of racing so he purchased a 1 liter mod.  Corey was able to capture 12 heat wins his first year in the new class.  His following season in the inboard as an owner driver was a success. Entering 42 heats that season Corey was able to come away with 34 heat wins.  Also in that time a Western Divisional title and Worlds Title.  In 2015 Corey was asked to join the Graham Trucking U-5 racing team as a deck support and cockpit crew member.  In 2016 Corey was given the opportunity to take the U-7 out for a few laps at the Tri Cities test session.  Later that season the Graham team decided to get Corey qualified as a driver and started his laps needed at the Tri Cities race and they were able to finish the laps needed in Seattle.   Following the Seattle race Corey was hired to drive the U-57 at the 100th running of the Gold Cup in Detroit scoring points in all four heats.  After the 2016 season Corey took some time away from racing and was excited to receive a call from team owner Rob Graham asking him to return to the team and drive the U98.

U-98 Racing / Graham Trucking Racing

Brooke Tyler IV, Crew Chief for U-98 Racing

 

A long-time member of Graham Trucking Racing, Tyler has a vast experience working on unlimited hydroplane crews, and it runs in his family. His father, Brooke Tyler III, also worked on the Team Porter roster early in the team’s history. Tyler, the fourth, has mainly worked on the deck and the turbine engines, gearboxes and other topside equipment, as one of two crew members who spent the majority of their time on top of the boat in the pits. He has also served as crew chief on the 7 in previous years on Porter’s team. Brooke was the crew chief on the U-7 in 2006 when the team, and driver Mike Allen won the National High Points Championship. As a result, U12 Racing currently has National Championships and the Gold Cup on their list of accomplishments.