BERNIE LITTLE SIGNS HANAUER TO DRIVE WORLD CHAMPION 'MISS BUDWEISER' UNLIMITED HYDROPLANE
BERNIE LITTLE SIGNS HANAUER TO DRIVE
WORLD CHAMPION 'MISS BUDWEISER' UNLIMITED HYDROPLANE
LAKELAND, Fla., Dec. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Bernie Little, owner of the 1991 world champion Miss Budweiser unlimited hydroplane, has maintained his status as the winningest owner in unlimited hydroplane racing by always looking for a way to improve his team. By signing Chip Hanauer to drive the Miss Budweiser during the 1992 campaign, Little believes he has done just that.
Hanauer succeeds Scott Pierce and Tom D'Eath as Miss Budweiser pilot.
"I am very excited about the idea of Chip guiding the Miss Budweiser," Little said. "Chip is a very aggressive driver, and he will be pushing the Miss Budweiser to the limit on each course of the circuit next season."
Said Hanauer: "It's no secret that Bernie Little and I have been fierce competitors in the past, but I can tell you that as hard as I worked to try and surpass Bernie, I'll be working just as hard for him as the driver of the Miss Budweiser."
Hanauer will resume his position as the winningest active driver on the Unlimited Racing Commission tour, having registered 36 victories in his career. He took a one-year hiatus last season to venture into road racing.
A resident of Seattle, Hanauer will have a tough act to follow in 1992. Scott Pierce, the Miss Budweiser's backup driver each of the past two seasons, guided the boat to the 1991 world title. It was the 12th world championship for Little.
Pierce stepped into the cockpit as the lead driver after Tom D'Eath was injured while stock car racing in the offseason.
"Scott did an absolutely fantastic job for us in 1991," Little said. "His role with the Miss Budweiser each of the previous two seasons was that of backup driver, and I know he wants a shot to be a lead driver again.
"Scott knew when he inherited the No. 1 slot that the seat in the cockpit still belonged to Tom D'Eath," Little added. "When we found out that Tommy wouldn't be given a medical clearance to race again, we naturally went after the best available driver for the Miss Budweiser."
The Miss Budweiser will begin it's 30th season of unlimited racing in 1992.
/CONTACT: Bernie Little of Miss Budweiser, 813-665-5100, or Tom Lange, 314-982-0553, for Miss Budweiser/ CO: Anheuser-Busch Cos. ST: Florida IN: SU: FC -- NY025 -- 5530 12/27/91 16:12 EST