Gainesville: Chip Ellis Friday summary

Chip Ellis starts season successfully at home track, Gainesville Raceway GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2005) -- Chip Ellis, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider on the G Squared Motorsports S&S Buell, qualified No. 7 after two of four qualifying sessions...

Chip Ellis starts season successfully at home track, Gainesville Raceway

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2005) -- Chip Ellis, Pro Stock Motorcycle rider on the G Squared Motorsports S&S Buell, qualified No. 7 after two of four qualifying sessions for the 36th annual NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals, the first of 15 events on the Pro Stock Motorcycle 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.

The G Squared S&S-powered Buell, tuned by George Smith, George Bryce and Ken Johnson, ran the quarter-mile in 7.082 seconds at 183.86 mph, the first run of four qualifying sessions to break into the low seven second range. Lightning quick reaction times and quick 60-foot, 1/8th mile times indicates Ellis was performing in the zone and the results proved good.

"Chip did everything right," said George Smith, co-owner of the G Squared Motorsports S&S Buell. "I want more out of the tune-up and we're working hard to use the insight we gained in the first round to improve our second round, but the cold weather is going to challenge us."

"We had the bike tuned for a cold-track," said co-owner George Bryce, as he and Smith began preparations for the second round of qualifying. "We were on target to get the bike down the track and were not disappointed."

Ellis improved his elapsed time slightly in the cold, damp air of the second session with 7.056 seconds at 185.52 mph. He ended Friday's two qualifying sessions in the No. 7th position with two qualifying sessions remaining tomorrow.

"The bike ran great, but I didn't do my part and we'll try again tomorrow. Everything will be better tomorrow. I'll get some rest and take it easy and then try again," reflected Ellis after the second round of qualifying.

Bryce added, "I expected us to run better, but some first round issues put us behind the curve and we were playing catch up. We're lucky to be No. 7. Chip's taking credit for mistakes but we made some tuning errors, also. The motor was more powerful than before but the track had less traction than before. There weren't any notes to go by in this situation. We learned a lot though, and we'll do better tomorrow!"

Qualifying for Ellis and the G Squared S&S Buell concludes with two additional sessions on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Ellis begins his quest for the Pro Stock Motorcycle title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes beginning at 11 a.m. All times are local Gainesville time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.

Qualifying highlights for the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals can be seen on ESPN2 on early Sunday morning (Mar. 20)) from 12:30 a.m.-2:30 a.m. ESPN2 will also air same-day television coverage of eliminations from 5 until 7 p.m. on Sunday afternoon (Mar.20). Television times are Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Bryce , George Smith , Chip Ellis