Indianapolis: Chip Ellis Friday summary

G Squared Motorsports returns at Indy; Ellis qualifies No. 2 CLERMONT, Ind. (September 3, 2004) -- They've done their homework and it shows. G Squared Motorsports, owned by George Bryce and George Smith, returned to action at the 50th annual...

G Squared Motorsports returns at Indy; Ellis qualifies No. 2

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 3, 2004) -- They've done their homework and it shows.

G Squared Motorsports, owned by George Bryce and George Smith, returned to action at the 50th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals with a new rider, Chip Ellis and immediately got the attention of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.

Ellis, in his debut race aboard the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell and first-ever NHRA race, cruised the Indianapolis Raceway Park quarter-mile in 7.201 seconds at 184.27, good for No. 2 after the first of five qualifying sessions. Ellis finished just eight thousandths of a second behind the top spot.

"We wanted to make sure we were ready," said Bryce. "We sat out four races while we worked closely with S&S to make changes that were needed on the motorcycle and to develop more horsepower. Tonight we were ready.

"Todd Olson and the boys at S&S, along with our new driver Chip Ellis and the gang back at the shop did an incredible job to prepare this bike to perform like it did tonight. It was a great comeback."

"This is my first race on the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell," recounted Ellis after the run. "No one was expecting anything out of me and I think we sort of caught them by surprise. To lay one down like that, right off the truck, was awesome. And the best part is that I think we have more for them tomorrow."

George Smith was all smiles and had the following thoughts.

"I'm very happy with what we saw. That's more like it. We didn't have enough clutch in it tonight, so I think you'll see improvement tomorrow. One thing is for sure, we certainly have enough to work with. Coming prepared to win is the only way to go. The time we took off paid off in spades. All the team associated with this program has done their home work and it has paid off," concluded Smith.

Four qualifying sessions remain: two sessions each on Saturday (September 4) at 1:15 and 6:15 p.m. and Sunday (September 5) at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Monday, Labor Day (September 6) at 11 a.m. These times are subject to change and reflect Eastern Standard Time (EST) -- (At this time of the year, EST is the same time as Central Daylight Time, CDT).

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Bryce , George Smith , Chip Ellis