HONORED: The U-1 HomeStreet Bank/Miss Madison and driver Jimmy Shane (left) and sponsor Mark Mason of HomeStreet Bank (right) received top honors at Saturday’s 2016 H1 Unlimited banquet in Seattle. The boat and Shane are the series champions and the Miss Madison team and crew chief Dan Hoover were named crew and crew chief of the year while HomeStreet was named sponsor of the year. (H1 photo courtesy Chris Denslow)
HONORED: The U-1 HomeStreet Bank/Miss Madison and driver Jimmy Shane (left) and sponsor Mark Mason of HomeStreet Bank (right) received top honors at Saturday’s 2016 H1 Unlimited banquet in Seattle. The boat and Shane are the series champions and the Miss Madison team and crew chief Dan Hoover were named crew and crew chief of the year while HomeStreet was named sponsor of the year. (H1 photo courtesy Chris Denslow)
The U-1 Miss HomeStreet Bank/Miss Madison Racing Team was the big winner at the annual H1 Unlimited Champions Gala at the Marriott Hotel on Seattle on Saturday.

Along with taking home both the Team and Driver National Championships — earned during the season — the team was also awarded Crew of the Year and Dan Hoover was named Crew Chief of the Year. In addition, HomeStreet Bank was named the series’ Sponsor of the Year.

Shane and the Miss HomeStreet won three of the five races on the season and were runner-up in the other two. They scored 8,424 total points to win the 2016 championship by 1,348 over the runner-up.

This year marked the third-straight year that Miss Madison Racing won the Martini & Rossi Trophy for the top team and seventh in the past nine years. Driver Jimmy Shane has now won the Bill Muncey Trophy as the sport’s top driver the last four years — with the U-5 Graham Trucking in 2013 and the last three years with Miss Madison Racing.

Andrew Tate, who steered the U-9 Jones Racing hydroplane to victory at Seattle and a third place finish in the season points standings, was named Rookie of the Year. He was the first rookie since Scott Liddycoat in 2011 to win a race and the first since Jim Ranger in 1966 to win at Seattle.

Scott and Shannon Raney of the U-11 Peters & May team were named Owners of the Year while the Tri-City Water Follies organization was named race Site of the Year.

Two of H1 Unlimited Hydroplane’s great supporters were honored posthumously during the ceremony. Niles Mayfield received the Vic Nelawake Award as the sport’s top volunteer while Fred Farley received a Chairman’s Award. Mayfield, the long-time Director of Public and Media Relations for the Tri-City Water Follies, died in December while Farley, the long-time H1 Unlimited Hydroplane historian who lived in Milton, Ky., died in April.

Longtime owner and driver as well as former commissioner Dr. Ken Muscatel and media chairman Bruce Madej were also honored with Chairman’s Awards. Race official Ted Grange was given the Outstanding Contribution Award, the H1 Rescue Team earned the Unsung Hero Award, Justin Weymouth was named Official of the Year, and Mark Brudenell of the Detroit Free Press was awarded the Montgomery Excellence in Media Award.

The 2017 H1 season will begin with testing in Tri-Cities, Wash., on June 2 and Guntersville, Ala., on June 17. The first race is slated for June 30-July 2 in Madison.