Chip Ellis takes over top rung at U.S. Nationals CLERMONT, Ind. (September 4, 2004) -- After surprising the crowd at the 50th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals last night by qualifying No. 2, Chip Ellis moved to the top rung on the...
Chip Ellis takes over top rung at U.S. Nationals
CLERMONT, Ind. (September 4, 2004) -- After surprising the crowd at the 50th annual NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals last night by qualifying No. 2, Chip Ellis moved to the top rung on the qualifying ladder as the second day of qualifying came to an end.
Proving that Friday's run of 7.201 seconds was no fluke; Ellis aboard the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell blazed the Indianapolis Raceway Park track in 7.137 seconds at 185.69 mph in Saturday's first session.
Holding off the challenge of 32 other motorcycles, Ellis ended the third of five qualifying sessions with a firm hold on the No. 1 position.
"This is like a dream come true," said Ellis, who is in his debut race aboard the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell. "It's awesome. This entire team is responsible for giving me not only a competitive motorcycle but one that can run at the front of the pack."
George Smith continues to sing the praises of the program, which two months ago needed a shot in the arm, but today is healthy due to the work of the combined G2/S&S/Star Racing team.
"It has been a rigorous several months for the G Squared/S&S team," added George Smith, who along with George Bryce, own G Squared Motorsports. "We done a lot of testing in other venues and it has paid off. I'm happy with this storybook start in our return to NHRA. The question is can we keep it going tomorrow. My answer is that I think we can.
"I would like to congratulate the Screamin' Eagle guys (Matt Hines and GT Tonglet) for finishing one-two in the K&N Filters Pro Stock Bike Klash today. I think that's good for V-Twins, good for the class and we hope to make that competition even better by having an S&S-powered V-Twin join then in the Klash next year.
"I'm hoping that the S&S folks back in Viola, Wis. are seeing this qualifying on TV. It is because of their efforts that we've been able to show our stuff this weekend."
The G Squared Motorsports-owned Buell and Ellis will have two final qualifying opportunities to better the times generated today. The two sessions will be run at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday). Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Monday, Labor Day (September 6) at 11 a.m. These times are subject to change and reflect Eastern Standard Time (EST) -- (At this time of the year, EST is the same time as Central Daylight Time, CDT