Despite Qualifying Spill, Greenwood Set to Open Formula USA Title Defense at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 28, 2004) -- Despite an untimely spill during qualifying, Scott Greenwood looks to defend his 2003 Formula USA Sportbike Championship...
Despite Qualifying Spill, Greenwood Set to Open Formula USA Title Defense at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 28, 2004) -- Despite an untimely spill during qualifying, Scott Greenwood looks to defend his 2003 Formula USA Sportbike Championship at Daytona International Speedway. The veteran racer from Dunbarton, N.H., is riding an Argo Cycles Yamaha R6. After a spill on the track during qualifying, Greenwood qualified 40th for Sunday's Formula USA Sportbike Final.
Despite his fall, Greenwood is ready for a repeat run says "I'll have to have a good start to make up as many positions on the first lap as possible."
Greenwood has scratched out a career racing in Formula USA Series, motorcycle racing's version of Triple-A baseball. He's been on the cusp of getting a call to a factory-support ride for years, but so far the phone hasn't rang.
His one victory in AMA Pro Racing came at the Loudon Supersport National in 2001. Factory riders boycotted the race that year at New Hampshire International Speedway due to wet conditions. And even though Greenwood is in the record books as an AMA Supersport winner, he never reaped the benefits that such an accomplishment would normally bring a privateer rider.
"I think that win might have hurt my career more than helped it," admitted Greenwood. "The only two positives that came out of winning Loudon that year was the fact that I qualified sixth and ahead of a lot of the factory riders and the money I won.
"I think some of factories sort of held it against me that I raced, but I had spent several thousand dollars up to that point that weekend and I was in the hole financially. Later I had a few of the factory guys tell me privately that if they had been in the same position they would have done the same thing."
At the time Greenwood still hoped that he could earn a factory ride, but now at 31, he's racing simply for the enjoyment of it. And with the Formula USA Series he's been able to make it payoff, albeit modestly.
Last year Greenwood won the Formula USA Sportbike race at Daytona by some 12 seconds. He doesn't expect it to be that easy this year.
"I got a little bit of an early break in last year's race," he explained. "Then all the guys behind me were banging on each other and I was able to gap the field. This year it's an even deeper field and my bikes seem to be down on horsepower to some of the others so it should be interesting."
Next week Greenwood will compete in the AMA Supersport and Formula Xtreme races. He's realistic about his chances. "A top-10 finish would be like winning."
Sunday's schedule of motorcycle races is dominated by Formula USA Finals. Tickets for all motorcycle races are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Amateur Middleweight SuperSport: 1. Jason Lewis, Johnson City, Tenn., Honda 600; 2. Ernie Dix, Lake Hiawatha, N.J., Yamaha 600; 3. James Ptak, Huntley, Ill.
Expert Middleweight SuperSport: 1. Jeff Wood, Mansfield, Mass., Yamaha 600; 2. Robert Jensen, Chafee, N.D., Yamaha 600; 3. Scott Greenwood, Dunbarton, N.H., Yamaha 600.
Expert Lightweight SuperSport: 1. John Linder, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki 650; 2. Darren Danilowicz, Warrington, Penn., Suzuki 650; 3. Paul James, Waukesha, Wis., Buell 1200.
Amateur Lightweight SuperSport: 1. Guenther Weickert, Bonn, Germany, Suzuki 650; 2. Robert Taylor, Leesburg, Va., Suzuki 650; 3. Mike Arrington, Sheboygan, Wis., Buell 1169.
Amateur Heavyweight SuperSport: 1. Ernie Dix, Lake Hiawatha, N.J., Yamaha 600; 2. Hilton Geartner, Winter Park, Fla.; 3. Jose Moreau, Weston, Fla., Suzuki 750.
Expert Heavyweight SuperSport: 1. John McGarity, DeCatur, Ga., Suzuki 750; 2. Joe Ribeiro, Newark, N.J., Suzuki 750; 3. Scott Harwell, Lincolnton, N.C., Suzuki 750.
Expert Lightweight Superbike: 1. Derek Keyes, Jacksonville, Fla., Suzuki 650; 2. Randy Rega, Bridgewater, N.J., Buell 900; 3. Michael Mills, Weston, Fla., Suzuki 650.
Amateur Lightweight Superbike: 1. William Baragona, Raleigh, N.C., Suzuki 650; 2. Dave Ellis Maney, Orlando, Fla., Ducati 900; 3. Alan Cheese, Gettysburg, Penn., Buell 984.
Expert Middleweight Superbike: 1. Michael Barnes, Boca Raton, Fla., Yamaha 600; 2. Robert Jensen, Chafee, N.D., Yamaha 600; 3. Scott Greenwood, Dunbarton, N.H., Yamaha 600.
Amateur Middleweight Superbike: 1. Jason Lewis, Johnson City, Tenn., Honda 600; 2. James Ptak, Huntley, Ill., Yamaha 600; 3. Brian McCormack, Ireland, Suzuki 600.
Expert Heavyweight Superbike: 1. John McGarity, Decatur, Ga., Suzuki 750; 2. Scott Harwell, Lincolnton, N.C., Suzuki 750; 3. Marco Martinez, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 750 Suzuki.
Amateur Heavyweight Superbike: 1. Hilton Geartner, Winter Park, Fla., Suzuki 750; 2. Jose A. Moreau, Weston, Fla., Suzuki 750; 3. Carlos Vargas, Davie, Fla., Suzuki 750.
Expert SuperTwins: 1. Roberto Conception, Rey San Juan, PR; Ducati 748; 2. Eric L. Moucatel, Orlando, Fla., Ducati 748; 3. John Dierick, Miami, Fla., Ducati 996
Amateur SuperTwins: 1. Richard Downer, Berryville, Va., Ducati 996; 2. Dennis Espinosa, W. Milford, N.J., Honda 1000; 3. William Baragona, Raleigh, N.C., Suzuki 650.
SuperBikes: 1. Larry Pegram, Yamaha, (1:55.876); 2. Scott Greenwood, Yamaha, (1:55.913); 3. Vincent Haskovec, Suzuki, (1:55.997)
ThunderBikes: 1. Richie Morris, Buell, (2:03.537); 2. Daniel Bilansky, Buell, (2:04.400); 3. David Estok, Buell, (2:04.707)
SportBikes: 1. Michael Barnes, Yamaha, (1:54.824); 2. Larry Pegram, Yamaha, (1:54.936); 3. Chris Peris, Suzuki, (1:55.473)
Formula SportBikes: 1. Brian Stokes, Suzuki, (1:56.487); 2. Scott Harwell, Suzuki, (1:56.730); 3. Brian Hall, Suzuki, (1:59.044)
Expert Unlimited GP: 1. John Haner, Suzuki, (1:52.952); 2. Shawn Higbee, Suzuki, (1:53.085); 3. Larry Pegram, Yamaha, (1:53.194) (end)