Memories for McBride at first NHRA event GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 21, 2004) - They say you always remember the first and Angie McBride, rider on the G Squared Motorsports/Star Racing Suzuki, will always remember the 35th NHRA Mac Tools ...
Memories for McBride at first NHRA event
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 21, 2004) - They say you always remember the first and Angie McBride, rider on the G Squared Motorsports/Star Racing Suzuki, will always remember the 35th NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals.
"Driver introduction was memorable and cool. I've always wanted to be a part of that. It's so different, it gave me cold chills to walk out there on the stage and wave at all the people that support you," said McBride, a nurse by vocation.
"There were a few butterflies going into that first round, but nothing I haven't experienced before. If my heart goes up, I just take a few deep breaths, get my heart rate down and focus at the job at hand.
"Today in that first round we didn't use all our resources and came up a little short. Qualifying eighth was a big accomplishment for me. When I pulled up to the line I was focused on going really straight. My shift points were really good. With more seat time I should do better next time."
Giving up six hundredth and some change at the green light, Desantis ran an elapsed time of 7.277 seconds; McBride was quicker at 7.217 seconds. The difference at he finish line was .004 seconds.
"We'd hope to do better than we did today," said George Bryce, team owner. "We had enough motorcycle to win first round. I think Angie, being a rookie at this level, was a little surprised at the focus necessary to cut a good light and drive the bike.
"She made a nice lap. We had enough to beat Joe (Desantis). He went a 27 (7.27 seconds) and Angie went a 21 (7.21 seconds) but the late light (.083 seconds) wasn't enough to overcome Joe's .019 light.
"It's our first try. Angie's got a lot to learn. She needs to practice some more. If we can get a few more laps under our belt, get a little better and improve our performance for the driver and the motorcycle, then we'll be ready for the next race."
The next race for the Pro Stock Bike class is the NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, just outside Houston. The event will be run April 15-18, the second of 15 events for motorcycles on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.