St. Louis Seeling Story (Pro Bike)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 SEELING LOOKS FOR PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE BREAKTHROUGH AT GATEWAY MADISON, Ill. -- Win or lose, there's a good chance that Angelle Seeling will look back at her first race at...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: NHRA Communications (818) 914-4761 SEELING LOOKS FOR PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE BREAKTHROUGH AT GATEWAY MADISON, Ill. -- Win or lose, there's a good chance that Angelle Seeling will look back at her first race at Gateway International Raceway as a major building block in her budding Pro Stock Motorcycle career. At Gateway, she will fly solo for the first time. Since Seeling made her pro debut last July with Star Racing, team owner George Bryce has accelerated her learning curve at every race by sharing his knowledge of the various track surfaces around the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. That advice helped Seeling to a victory, a runner-up finish and seventh place in the point standings last season despite racing in just six of 12 bike events. But Bryce and nearly all of the riders, have never raced at Gateway. "George is my eyes at the track," Seeling said. "He hasn't been to that track, so he can't tell me all that information. I have to do it on my own." That's the big challenge facing Seeling at the inaugural, $1,468,950 Sears Craftsman Nationals, June 26-29 at Gateway International Raceway. The race is the 11th event of the 22-event, $30-million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series in 1997 and the seventh of 14 for the bikes. This entire season has been a challenge for Seeling, from Americus, Ga. She is sixth in the NHRA Winston point standings on the Close Call Phone Card Suzuki GSXR and hasn't reached a final round. But she has lost in the first round only once. There's no question that added media and fan attention has made it harder for Seeling to focus on racing, and the expectations caused by her fast start last season were unrealistic. "I've drifted from the basics," Seeling said. "We're going back to basics. The team couldn't give me a better bike. I want to win so badly to show that this isn't a fluke."

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