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SCHUMACHER ELECTRIC SUZUKI RIDER ELLIS SEEKS TO CONTINUE FAST SEASON START IN TEXAS INDIANAPOLIS (March 26, 2008) -- Schumacher Electric Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Chip Ellis is eager to get back to racing at this weekend's NHRA Spring ...

SCHUMACHER ELECTRIC SUZUKI RIDER ELLIS SEEKS TO CONTINUE FAST SEASON START IN TEXAS

INDIANAPOLIS (March 26, 2008) -- Schumacher Electric Suzuki Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Chip Ellis is eager to get back to racing at this weekend's NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, the second of 17 races scheduled for the class during the 24-event 2008 POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.

Ellis enters the Spring Nationals fourth in the point standings after a strong semifinal showing two weeks ago at the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla., the traditional season-opener for the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. Unfortunately, the Schumacher Electric Suzuki suffered a broken crankshaft as Ellis fired up the motor for his semifinal stanza, ending his day. Despite the mechanical problems, Ellis was pleased with the performance of his new team.

"It was a good weekend for us and a good start, especially for a new team," said Ellis, reflecting on his first race with Don Schumacher Racing. "We've been back at the DSR shop working hard and trying to get all our stuff together so we can go out and continue to perform well."

Ellis also welcomes a return to the sea-level conditions of Houston Raceway Park, the site of the quickest run of his career when he first began racing motorcycles.

"Houston is where I made my fastest lap ever on a motorcycle," remembers Ellis."When I was racing on the Pro Star series In 2001, I ran in the 6.50-second elapsed-time zone at over 200 mph on a Funny Bike. The track at Houston has usually been pretty good to me and I'm looking forward to getting there."

The Florida native is pleased to be fourth in the points, but he knows there's still plenty of drag racing ahead.

"I'm happy where we're at in the standings, but it's too early in the season to be counting points right now. The Schumacher Electric Suzuki team is just concentrating on making our motorcycle run as quick and consistent as possible. We just want to go rounds and win races."

The Schumacher Electric Suzuki will continue to run the in-line four-cylinder motor as DSR and Suzuki continue their development work with the Hayabusa V-Twin motor scheduled to debut later this season.

"Everything with the Schumacher Electric Suzuki team is looking good and we're just ready to get to Houston and start racing," Ellis concluded.

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Don Schumacher , Chip Ellis