Herd Racing has added a new Seebold hull to it's fold and will have the boat ready to hit the water in time for the 2015 race season. The SST-120 hull, built in 2007, is one of the last hulls built by Seebold Sports. It was previously raced by Tim Seebold and most recently by Jack Randolph of Randolph Racing of Shallowater, Texas.
"We are happy to have the opportunity to be able to get a true SST-120 boat in an effort to make us more competitive in that class," Herd Racing pilot Dana Tomes said. The boat is coming from Randolph Racing as a turn-key package, including a new Fairchilid Racing SST-120 engine package.
"We are separating our Formula 1 and SST-120 programs for next season and will use different boats. This past season we used our F1 Lamb hull for both F1 and SST-120 and we found that the switching back of forth of engines, fuel tanks, and that sort of thing just opened us up to a lot more problems than we needed to have."
Tomes said Herd Racing is currently seeking national sponsorship for 2015 with plans to compete full time in F1 as part of the USF1 tour as well as run the Ohio River races being conducted by Powerboat Nationals and the Buckeye Outboard Association in SST-120.
"Ultimately, sponsorship will depend on what we do, but we have companies who are interested in our F1 program and helping us step up our efforts and image in that league," Tomes said. "If we are to travel to Seattle, Canada and places like that then we are going to need to step up our game quite a bit. That's what we're trying to sell our supporters on."
Tomes said by separating the F1 and SST-120 programs the team can hopefully be more competitive in both realms.
"We can use the same hauler, radios, crews and such, but rolling one boat out of the hauler and rolling another in on race weekends will be much better for us rather than having to strip the boat down and start over every time we go back and forth."
The new Seebold boat, which is currently still in western Texas, will be shipped to Herd Racing later this fall and undergo a few updates, including a new Seebold airbag system, before hitting the paint shop and race course in the spring.