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Rocketeer-racer gets his day in the sun

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Hydroplane driver Jimmy Shane stands for a family portrait with his wife, Bianca, and his sons Colton and Hudson behind hydroplane racing’s Gold Cup. (HomeStreet Bank Photo)

Today Jimmy Shane took a little time off from his day job — building spaceships at Blue Origin — to bask in the glory surrounding his other claim to fame, as America’s champion hydroplane driver.

Shane was the center of attention at Seattle’s Westlake Center during a noontime rally that featured a performance by the Seahawks’ Blue Thunder drumline, burgers from Dick’s Drive-In, and giveaways from Seattle-based HomeStreet Bank, the corporate sponsor for Shane’s hydroplane team.

Can you get any more Seattle-centric than that?

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By Alan Boyle

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