Gainesville: McBride Friday summary

McBride qualified in top half of field at Gatornationals GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19, 2004) - The wait is over. The most recent rider in a line of successful proteges tutored by George Bryce of Star Racing, Angie McBride made her debut aboard...

McBride qualified in top half of field at Gatornationals

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19, 2004) - The wait is over. The most recent rider in a line of successful proteges tutored by George Bryce of Star Racing, Angie McBride made her debut aboard the G Squared Motorsports Suzuki, as qualifying for the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals began today.

After two of four qualifying sessions, the 24-year-old McBride, from Lewisville, N.C., ended the first day of qualifying in the No. 8 qualifying spot.

In her debut NHRA pass in the Friday morning qualifying session, the reigning Southeastern Motorcycle Drag Racing Association Outlaw class champion, made a clean pass down the Gainesville Raceway quarter-mile in 7.220 seconds at 181.89 mph.

In the afternoon session, McBride bettered her morning run when she lowered her elapsed time to 7.217 seconds. Finishing in the top half of the field, McBride realized a goal she set for herself for day one of qualifying.

"Today was a good learning day for me," said McBride, following today's qualifying. "We qualified in the top eight, which is what we wanted to do. That was a personal goal of mine. Tomorrow we're just going to go out there and try and make some clean, straight runs. We'll try to better today's times."

McBride's mentor George Bryce had the following observations regarding her passes today, "She got a little off her normal routine and the excitement took its toll on her focus. Currently, we are going through the A B C's of making sure she back on her routine for tomorrow. When she really sticks to the guns of her A B C's, she makes really great laps.

"We left some crumbs on the table. If we do everything right tomorrow, we should go a lot quicker and really move up. We should go a lot quicker and really move up. We should be in the top four if we make a really good run tomorrow morning."

Bryce is qualified to make such observations. He has claimed six Pro Stock Bike championships, three with the late John Myers (1990, 1992, and 1995) and three with Angelle Savoie (2000-2002). As a rider, owner and crew chief, Bryce has won over 60 NHRA national events.

"It's tough to say how she'll (McBride) turn out because there is tremendous learning curve to ride at this level," added Bryce. "But if she maintains the work ethic she's shown so far, she'll be awesome."

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Bryce , Angie McBride