Commerce: Fred Collis final summary

Collis advances to semifinals aboard Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki COMMERCE, GA. (May 16, 2004) - Fred Collis, aboard the Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki, advanced to the semifinals in the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment...

Collis advances to semifinals aboard Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki

COMMERCE, GA. (May 16, 2004) - Fred Collis, aboard the Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports Suzuki, advanced to the semifinals in the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac being held today at Atlanta Raceway in Commerce, Ga.

En route to the semifinals, Collis defeated Craig Treble and Mike Berry before falling victim to Shawn Gann.

The difference this race, as compared to the last race in Houston, was that Collis was much improved. The Star Racing/G Squared Motorsports rider did an outstanding job today on reaction times, shift points and going straight. It was the focus of Collis in the race today that kept the team in the hunt for the event title.

"We left a lot of crumbs on the table today when it came to our tune-up," said Star Racing team owner and G Squared Motorsports partner George Bryce. "We went the wrong way with our tune-up each run in Houston, and while we thought we had it figured out, we did the same thing here.

"Fred's consistent driving won us some rounds today. We're going to stay and test tomorrow and get ready for Chicago. We made some changes to our tune-up in the semifinals today and that slowed us down. Tomorrow we'll reverse those changes and I expect to see the bike react positively."

After testing, the team moves next weekend to the NHRA Route 66 Raceway Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., about 30 miles from downtown Chicago. This will be the second of five Pro Stock motorcycle events over a seven week span. A schedule that is to Collis' liking.

"I like a schedule like that," said Collis. "You go to the race, then come home and recharge your batteries but it doesn't allow too much downtime. If you are doing good and are consistent, such as I was this weekend, you can keep that momentum going. You can keep your focus and not stray too far from the job you are supposed to do. Yes, I like it."

G Squared Motorsports is currently building and testing a competition S&S Cycle-powered V-Twin with Buell bodywork, and hope to have the bike ready for NHRA competition in the near future. The effort is a collaboration between George Bryce of Star Racing, headquartered in Americus, Ga., and George Smith, part owner of S&S Cycle, Incorporated, based in Viola, Wis.

Combining Bryce's talent for building state-of-the-art motorcycles and mentoring competitive drivers capable of winning championships and Smith's knowledge and experience with the V-Twin engine, Bryce and Smith have established a new company, G Squared Motorsports (a derivative of the name George, common to both partners), to develop motorcycles and motorcycle engines with a focus on late-model hot rod V-Twins.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Berry , Shawn Gann , Craig Treble , George Bryce , George Smith , Fred Collis