$5 broken throttle ended G2 day in Indy CLERMONT, Ind. (September 6, 2004) -- After a history-making debut, Chip Ellis' bid for a win at the 50th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals was ended by a five-dollar part. Ellis, aboard the ...
$5 broken throttle ended G2 day in Indy
CLERMONT, Ind. (September 6, 2004) -- After a history-making debut, Chip Ellis' bid for a win at the 50th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals was ended by a five-dollar part.
Ellis, aboard the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell, campaigned by G Squared Motorsports, was in the staging lanes preparing for his first round match up with Kurt Matte, when the team discovered a problem with the throttle linkage. Subsequent efforts to correct the problem were unsuccessful and a broken throttle linkage prevented Ellis from continuing his pursuit of the Pro Stock Bike title.
G Squared Motorsports co-owner George Bryce explained, "You focus on the things that are likely to go wrong and you over prepare. Then every now and then something will pop up that you never thought would be a problem. We had a throttle linkage break. I've been doing this for 25 years and this is the first time I had a throttle linkage fail. You can bet we now have one more item on our checklist to check."
Qualifying ended with Ellis making history. His track record run of 7.115 seconds was good for the top qualifying spot and in the process Ellis became the first Pro Stock Bike rider in his first race to take the top spot.
Eliminations ended with disappointment.
"We're disappointed," said Ellis, a two-time AMA Prostar champion. "For us to come out and accomplish what we did in our first race out after sitting out four races is an amazing achievement. With the exception of the throttle breakage, this G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell preformed flawlessly all weekend. The S&S engine has us flying. The team at S&S Cycle, Star Racing and G Squared Motorsports will go back to the shop and have us ready for Reading."
George Smith, co-owner of G Squared, added, "It was not the engine. It was not S&S. It was not Star Racing. It was not G Squared Motorsports. It was just the failure of a five-dollar part. The bottom line is that we still have a good bike, we still have a good engine and we definitely have a good rider.
"In closing, I want to especially thank Snap-on Tools for your makketing support and we're going to make you proud in Reading."
The next race for G Squared Motorsports is the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading, Penn., September 16-19.