Joliet: Chip Ellis final summary

Ellis and G2 score a "C" in Chicago "We got a passing grade this weekend on our track performance," said George Smith, the G2 Motorsports president and crew chief on Chip Ellis's DRAG Specialties/S&S Cycle Buell. Average isn't what Smith, Ellis,...

Ellis and G2 score a "C" in Chicago

"We got a passing grade this weekend on our track performance," said George Smith, the G2 Motorsports president and crew chief on Chip Ellis's DRAG Specialties/S&S Cycle Buell. Average isn't what Smith, Ellis, and the team expect from G2's flagship Pro Stock Motorcycle, but their bike is also the testing mule for the ultra successful S&S powered Buell package. Sometimes that works out for them, sometimes it doesn't, but it always results in a step forward down the line for G2 and their customers.

"We tried some things that didn't work out quite as well as we expected, and the performance on the bike was average," continued Smith. "We did put some new parts that we developed in Peggy Llewellyn's bike and we were glad to see her pick up and do well. We congratulate her and the Klement Racing team on their performance."

Llewellyn ran her first 6 second pass and made her first semifinal round appearance at the Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals at the Chicago area's Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois. Chris Rivas, recently added to Matt Smith's S&S powered Buell team, qualified fifth and raced into the second round. "We were very proud of Peggy and very happy with how good a job Chris and Matt did getting that bike together in such a short time," said Jackie Bryce, G2's vice president of operations. "I thought they did a great job."

"I was very happy with Chip's light against Treble," said Smith. "Craig's bike is making a lot of power, and we were happy to beat him."

"Chip rode well except for his light in the second round, but it didn't matter," continued Smith. "A problem developed with the bike and it slowed down. But we qualified in the top half of the field and won first round, which kept us in the top 8 in points."

"You've gotta do what you've gotta do to stay in the top 8 'til you get to Indy," said team co-owner George Bryce. "It was great that Chip was able to go a couple of rounds. Big George (Smith) learned a lot this weekend, and they expect to implement that at the next race in New Jersey."

"It could have been better, but it could have been worse," noted Ellis. "We're gonna go back to some stuff that we used to do but haven't done for the last two or three races and see if that helps out our situation any better. We'll make some changes on the bike, but I realize that .080 lights don't win many races. These guys are gonna take care of the bike and I'm gonna work on my end and see if we can't get it together for Englishtown. We're all still having a good time, and that's important."

A good time in the Route 66 pits was easy to come by for the G2 team, as the track's Chicago area location made it a natural for entertaining some of the team's many corporate partners. "Our sponsor events went off very well," said Smith. "We had a full compliment of SAP/itelligence folks there all three days. I think they were impressed with the format and the number of significant companies with a presence at the NHRA that would benefit from their services."

"They were very pleased with how many large corporations are involved with drag racing," agreed George Bryce. "They're now drag racing people for life!"

"Steve Niesman, the president and CEO of itelligence, even made it out to the track," said Jackie Bryce. "Michelle Egan coordinated the event for itelligence and made sure everyone enjoyed coming to the event. We want to send a big 'Thank you' out to her."

"John Andrews of Andrews Products and his plant manager Mike Pedersen were there, and they were very impressed with the entire program and had a great time," said Smith. "And the DRAG Specialties hospitality went off well as always. It's always a great time meeting their dealers everywhere we go.

"Overall it was a very busy time in the G2 pit. We'd like to have run better, but we're holding our own and we know we can make improvements in the coming weeks."

Ellis and the G2 team race next at the ProCare Rx NHRA SuperNationals June 21-24 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, New Jersey.

-credit: G2 Motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Peggy Llewellyn , George Bryce , George Smith , Chris Rivas , Chip Ellis