Baytown: Fred Collis final summary

Red light ends Collis' day in Houston BAYTOWN, Texas (April 18, 2004) -- Against Angelle Savoie, Fred Collis, from Americus Ga., red lighted his chance for a win in the opening round of the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals being contested this ...

Red light ends Collis' day in Houston

BAYTOWN, Texas (April 18, 2004) -- Against Angelle Savoie, Fred Collis, from Americus Ga., red lighted his chance for a win in the opening round of the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals being contested this weekend at Houston Raceway Park.

Collis raced a Star Racing Suzuki last season, finishing No. 8 in NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Bike point standings. In his first appearance aboard the Star/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki in 2004, Collis was seven thousandth of a second too quick for a perfect light.

"I was shocked at the red light," said Collis, following the run. "I had trouble with the lights yesterday. Some were in what I would call the bad range during qualifying. I tried to correct and just came up short. We'll analyze it; we'll figure it out and then go out there and do better next time."

George Bryce had the following thoughts regarding the run: "I expected to go quicker than a 26 (7.26 seconds). That motorcycle won't go that slow, especially in conditions like this. We've got a high barometer. I expected to run a 15 (7.15 seconds)," said Bryce.

"We spun the tire pretty hard in low even though we ran a good 60-foot. On the one-two shift, it just lit the tire up on the bike causing a loss in elapsed time. I didn't know why it slowed down until I got back and read the computer. I stopped watching and listening after the red light.

"Fred's got to get back into his routine on the bike. He only has five laps on this bike in '04 and we got to go back and train and get ready for Atlanta."

The first order of business, in addition to preparing for Atlanta, is the testing of the V-Twin. George Smith part owner of S&S Cycle, Incorporated, in Viola, Wis., and Bryce's G Squared Motorsports partner discussed the development to date.

"We've had the engine put together for several months. The problem has been that the first transmission design didn't work out the way we wanted it. So we got another sheet of paper and started with a second design. We plan to have the engine and transmission on hand for the testing on Wednesday. Before we test, we can't anticipate what the next step will be," said Smith.

The next NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series race for Pro Stock motorcycles will be held at Atlanta Dragway, in Commerce, Ga., May 13-16.

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Drivers George Bryce , George Smith , Fred Collis