After Chicago win, G Squared and Ellis look to repeat at Englishtown Heart and thoughts with Ken Johnson during surgery ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 15, 2005) -- Chip Ellis, who rode the G Squared/S&S Buell to victory last weekend...
After Chicago win, G Squared and Ellis look to repeat at Englishtown
Heart and thoughts with Ken Johnson during surgery
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 15, 2005) -- Chip Ellis, who rode the G Squared/S&S Buell to victory last weekend at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., looks to repeat at Englishtown.
"We stayed and tested in Chicago on Monday and we figured out a few things that were going on with the bike and that will help us in Englishtown," said Ellis, as he prepared the Buell for the NHRA K&N Filters SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J. "Winning the race was a real confidence builder for this team, especially in the absence of Ken Johnson. We're going to work real hard to bring him one from Englishtown."
Ellis feels that most everybody that races Pro Stock Motorcycle on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series is a threat to win and he isn't taking anybody lightly.
"The Suzukis of the Army team are always tough and Matt Smith showed that he has something for everybody last weekend. The Harleys of Hines and Tonglet are going to rebound, you can bet on that. Also, you can bet the three other S&S-powered Buells aren't going to cut us any slack. If you make it into the field, you have a chance of winning. This Pro Stock Motorcycle class is that close," added Ellis.
The "Wally," emblematic of the win at the CARQUEST Auto Parts Nationals was presented to Ken Johnson on Tuesday. Jackie Bryce related that when they presented Ken the trophy that he was still in a great deal of pain and sedated but was real excited. He took the trophy and looked at it and said it was really cool. She also gave him a hat that everybody signed and he smiled real big.
Jackie also said they talked about what was next and the news is not good. Ken is scheduled to undergo surgery today to have his left leg amputated. The leg and knee was seriously injured in a non-race related accident on June 4.
After a long uncomfortable weekend during which doctors continued to fight unwanted infections, upon advice and recommendations from the doctors and much soul searching, Ken and his wife Kassi made a decision to allow the doctors to amputate Ken's left leg above the knee. This will allow Ken to recuperate at a much quicker pace and will also have him back doing the things he loves in the near future, while leading a near-normal life.
Having spent a year working with double amputee Reggie Showers and the PDI Pro Stock Motorcycle team, which was sponsored by Prosthetic Design, Inc., Ken is well aware of the challenges he faces and is looking forward to overcoming them. Reggie called Ken last night and Ken told him because of what he saw Reggie accomplish, he is not scared about his future.
A fund will soon be set up for financial donations to help to defray Ken's continuing medical expenses. The public will be notified as soon as this fund is established. In the meantime, for those desiring to make immediate donations, those donations can be sent to: Ken Johnson, c/o Star Racing, P.O. Box 1241, Americus, GA 31709.
Finally, a "We Need Ken Back at the Track" fund raiser is in the planning stages. Details will be released as soon as they become available.
Ken is a twenty-plus year employee of Star Racing, owned by George and Jackie Bryce. He currently is crew chief on the G Squared/S&S Buell, driven by Chip Ellis in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. G Squared Motorsports was formed in 2003 and is owned by George Bryce and George Smith.