Day 4: Ellis reaches semifinals POMONA, Calif. (November 13, 2004) -- After qualifying No. 2 with the fourth quickest elapsed time in Pro Stock Bike history, Chip Ellis, aboard the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell, advanced to the semifinals of the NHRA...
Day 4: Ellis reaches semifinals
POMONA, Calif. (November 13, 2004) -- After qualifying No. 2 with the fourth quickest elapsed time in Pro Stock Bike history, Chip Ellis, aboard the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell, advanced to the semifinals of the NHRA Automobile Club of Southern California Finals before losing to Angelle Savoie.
En route to the semifinals, Ellis defeated Karen Stoffer in the opening round and Steve Johnson in the quarterfinals.
In the semifinals against Savoie, Ellis got a clear advantage at the green but couldn't hold off the hard charging three-time PSB champion. Savoie crossed the finish line in 7.081 seconds at 187.96 mph. Ellis followed slightly behind in 7.129 seconds at 187.18 mph. The margin of victory for Savoie was a minuscule .004 of a second.
"It was a good four-race season for us," said Ellis, who joined G Squared Motorsports, owned by George Smith and George Bryce, at Indy. "Obviously, it was a disappointing loss today but we sure did give it our best shot. The bike ran great all day but just got outrun by Angelle and the Army team."
"After running so good in qualifying, the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell experienced battery, battery cart and wiring problems after the opening round and the second round. We got back on track in the semifinals only to lose a close one to Angelle," said Bryce. "I'm glad to see the Army team do so well.
"We got a lot of tune up help this weekend from Tom Smith and John Olson of S&S. I'd like to thank Brett Smith, president of S&S Cycle, for helping to make this program possible. He's always pulling strings and pushing buttons to insure this program has the best of everything. We wouldn't be anywhere without his help."
Bryce's partner Smith added, "We have a great team. The season has been a remarkable success for us to run four races after the 40-pounds of additional weight rule and perform like we have. I am disappointed that we went out in the semifinals but the team still gets an A for their work today. I want to thank George Bryce, Ken Johnson and Chip Ellis for their contribution to this program and to Todd Olson and the guys at S&S for building a great engine."
Savoie beat her teammate Antron Brown in the final to take the Pro Stock Motorcycle title.
In only four races, Ellis finished No. 17 in the NHRA POWERade PSB final point standings with 268 points. He will be an early season favorite for the 2005 Auto Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award (Rookie of the Year).
G Squared Motorsports thanks Snap-On Tools for their marketing support throughout the 2004 season.