Gainesville: Katie Sullivan Friday report

SULLIVAN'S BASELINE SETS UP DRAMATIC SATURDAY Gainesville, Fla. -- NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider "Kalifornia" Katie Sullivan is hoping for better results tomorrow at Gainesville Raceway after a lack-luster 7.459 second elapsed time at 181.84...

SULLIVAN'S BASELINE SETS UP DRAMATIC SATURDAY

Gainesville, Fla. -- NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle rider "Kalifornia" Katie Sullivan is hoping for better results tomorrow at Gainesville Raceway after a lack-luster 7.459 second elapsed time at 181.84 miles per hour during the first day of qualifying at the 41st NHRA Tire Kingdom Gatornationals contested in Gainesville, Fla.

Driving the Gann Motorsports 'Cream-sickle' orange and white colored Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle, Sullivan's 7.49 E.T. was good enough for the 18th quickest run of the day, which based on NHRA's qualifying rules, places her on the outside looking in of the 16-bike field. During the run, Sullivan had some difficulty shifting the motorcycle, which combined with miss judging the tune-up produced the off-pace elapsed time. The Corning, Calif. based 19-year old college student believes better things are in store for tomorrow's final two qualifying sessions.

"We kind of struck out during our only run of the day," noted Sullivan. "The bike was set up to run a low 7-second E.T., but we spun the tire pretty good, producing a really soft 60-foot time. After the initial hit, things just went down-hill from there. I had some issues with shifting the bike but the Suzuki went very straight. We put a different shifter on the bike which should help me get this great bike into the field tomorrow."

"Making the field tomorrow will be a huge accomplishment for our team," said Sullivan. "We have a great team assembled and we will put forth our best effort to ensure we are racing on Sunday. There have been so many people who are supporting this team, from our fans and friends and people like Ted and Jim at StopSafeUSA.COM (http://www.stopsafeusa.com). My main goal for this weekend is simply to make them proud of us."

The Sullivan Family Racing NHRA Pro Stock team will receive two more attempts tomorrow to qualify for Sunday's final eliminations.

-source: sullivan family racing

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