Ellis No. 2 after first day of qualifying JOLIET, Ill. (June 11, 2005) -- With the hands on the media room clock approaching midnight, the first day of qualifying for the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals ended late last...
Ellis No. 2 after first day of qualifying
JOLIET, Ill. (June 11, 2005) -- With the hands on the media room clock approaching midnight, the first day of qualifying for the NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals ended late last night.
In the opening qualifying session on Friday, Chip Ellis put his G Squared/S&S-powered Buell on cruise control and covered the Route 66 Raceway quarter-mile in 7.150 seconds at 185.66 mph. This place the Americus, Ga., driver in the No. 2 spot.
In the second session, which was delayed by rain, only one of the 16 qualifiers improved their first session times. The humidity apparently played havoc with the Pro Stock Motorcycles tune-ups.
Ellis will enter tomorrow's two final sessions of qualifying in the No. 2 spot.
As has been thoroughly documented, G Squared Motorsports is without the services of longtime employee Ken Johnson, who was seriously injured in an accident last weekend. In his place, G2 is tuning by committee with team owners George Bryce and George Smith, along with Chip Ellis and Rick Maney, contributing to readying the motorcycle for competition.
"It was very satisfying to go out in the heat of the day in that first session and run a 7.15," said Smith. "A review of the data tells us there is more left in the G Squared/S&S Buell. It also validates what we learned testing the last to weekends has paid off."
TELEVISION: Qualifying highlights for the eight annual NHRA CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals can be seen on ESPN2 this evening (Saturday, June 11) from 6-7 p.m. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 3 until 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon (June 12). The elimination show repeats on ESPN2 early Monday morning, June 13, from 2 until 4:30 a.m. Also, tune in to NHRA2Day on ESPN2, the weekly show that gives you the inside scoop about the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. NHRA2Day can be seen on Sunday, June 12 at 11:30 a.m. Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.