In a July 12, 2020, announcement written by Kary Austin, she announced passing the AWSA and Jet Jam racing torch to Monte and Surie Hughes. The Austin family started Jet Jam racing in the fall of 2016, and they are pleased to hand over race operations to the Hughes’s.
Monte Hughes has promoted both watercraft and motocross in the Pacific Northwest for many years. Last season he joined Jet Jam as Race Director and was instrumental in completing the Jet Jam Racing rule book. He looks forward to continuing the Jet Jam series.
Kary Austin expressed her thanks and more to everyone in the excerpt below:
I want to put out a huge thank you to everyone that made it possible for me to promote jet ski racing. The racers, the sponsors, the vendors, the venues, the cities. and most of all the Red Shirt Crew. The list is so long, I can’t list everyone personally, but you know who you are and you are etched into my heart forever.
The friendships that I call Family could not have happened without being a part of this huge group of amazing people. I will always be available to help the crew, the racers, and of course Monte and Surie Hughes, along with Nicole Mrosek Pettit and Jaime Pirnie who will continue to work with them very closely to make sure that racing only gets better!
Jet Jam Racing is pushing forward to hold a race in August and September of 2020. While the Covid pandemic has been a complete detriment to our racing community and every aspect of our lives this year, they will be doing everything possible to bring back racing as soon as possible.