Race Team

mark-bio300Driver: Mark Evans

 

Mark Evans has a long and impressive resume as an Unlimited hydroplane pilot. After a 7 year absence, Mark returned to the sport in 2010 behind the wheel of the U-57.

 

Mark comes from a racing family. His first attempt to qualify for an unlimited event was alongside his father, former driver Norm Evans, and his brother Mitch, also an accomplished unlimited driver, at the 1979 Tri-Cities, WA race. Mark has driven for several notable owners and sponsors in his career with his first victory coming in Ron Jones, Jr.’s U-50 American Spirit at the 1991 Madison Regatta. Mark compiled 10 victories before a 2003 accident in Detroit led him to step away from competitive hydroplane racing.

 

N. Mark Evans H1 Unlimited Victories:
1991 Madison Regatta – U-50 American Spirit
1996 San Diego – U-1 Miss Budweiser
1996 Honolulu – U-1 Miss Budweiser
1997 Tri-Cities, WA – U-100 PICO American Dream
1997 Kelowna, BC – U-100 PICO American Dream
1997 Seattle – U-100 PICO American Dream
1997 San Diego – U-100 PICO American Dream
1998 Kelowna, BC – U-100 PICO American Dream
2000 Tri-Cities, WA – U-16 Miss E-Lam Plus
2003 Tri-Cities, WA – U-8 Llumar Window Film

 

 

Team Profile: Evans Brothers Racing

 

2012 marks the debut season for newly formed Evans Brothers Racing!

 

Purchasing the storied U-57 after taking it to its first UIM World Championship appearance in 2011, N. Mark Evans, Mitch Evans , and John Walcker aim to capture the emotion and heritage that embodies the sport they have lived for over 40 years.

 

Based in Lake Chelan, WA this new team will bring their community’s enthusiasm and support for boat racing to courses around the country.

 Capitalizing on an experienced crew and the most storied driver in the sport, these hometown heroes will define the fun and excitement for which unlimited racing is so well known!

 

 

mitch-bio300Crew Chief:  Mitch Evans

 

Brother of N. Mark Evans, Mitch Evans is a highly accomplished driver and boat builder. Both building and driving Ed Coopers 1st boat, the U-3 in which he won the Tri Cities Columbia Cup in 1989, he also helped build Coopers 2nd boat which he drove until driving for Jerry Rise in the Appian Jeronimo. Mitch returned to the U-3 in 2003 and helped build Ed Coopers current boat known as the “Turbinator.” He drove to victory in 2003, winning the Evansville Race, the Detroit Gold Cup, and the Bill Muncey Cup in San Diego making Mitch undoubtedly the most successful pilot of a piston powered hydroplane in the modern era.

 

 

 

 

john-bio300Team Manager: John Walcker

 

John Walcker grew up in the Seattle area where the “hydros were the king”. He became involved in hydroplane racing in the early 1990s and credits Mark and Mitch Evans among those who got him involved in the sport. John became a member of the U-3 Cooper Racing team in 1994 through 2010 where, in addition to crew duties, helped construct 2 boats for the team. He is involved in APBA Region 10 racing serving as Race Director for the Norm Evans Memorial Hydrofest since its beginning in the early 1990s.

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