Indianpolis: Chip Ellis Friday summary

New G Squared/S&S Buell debuts at Indy CLERMONT, Ind. (September 2, 2005) -- Chip Ellis put a brand spanking new Buell through its paces as qualifying began for the 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at IRP -- ...

New G Squared/S&S Buell debuts at Indy

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 2, 2005) -- Chip Ellis put a brand spanking new Buell through its paces as qualifying began for the 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at IRP -- Indianapolis Raceway Park.

In Friday's single session, Ellis covered the IRP quarter-mile in 7.203 seconds at 183.52 mph, good for the No. 7 position after one of five qualifying sessions.

George Smith, who along with George Bryce owns G Squared Motorsports, has mixed reaction following Ellis' first run.

"This bike made only its third run during that qualifying session. I was happy with the bike. I am happy that Ken Johnson is back but I am not happy with the way the engine sounded. We need to check that out," said Smith.

Yes, Ken Johnson, who was seriously injured in a non-race related accident in early June which subsequently necessitated having his left leg amputated above the knee, returned to work at the G Squared shop this past week. Ken is here working with the team at Indy.

"It was like I was never away," said Johnson. "I, along with the other guys on the team, put in 70 hours getting a new Buell ready to race at Indy. We've only made two test passes on it prior to Indy, so it is an unproved commodity.

"This team has been through a lot while I've been gone but a good showing here will help regain some of the confidence."

We'll have more thoughts from Ken tomorrow.

Ellis enters this event, the 12th of 15 races on the season-long NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, No. 6 in the POWERade Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings.

RINGERS GLOVES PRO BIKE BATTLE: Ellis will be competing in his first Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle, a special race-within-a-race being held tomorrow (Saturday) during this weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. Ringers Gloves Pro Bike Battle rounds are scheduled for 1, 6 and 7:25 p.m. Ellis qualified fourth for this year's Battle and will face Angelle Sampey in the first round.

QUALIFYING: Two more qualifying sessions for Ellis and the G Squared/S&S Buell are scheduled for Saturday at 1:15 and 6:15 p.m. Qualifying ends Sunday with two final sessions at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Ellis begins his quest for the Pro Stock Motorcycle title on Monday, Labor Day, with eliminations for all professional classes getting underway at 11 a.m. All times are local Indianapolis times -- Indianapolis remains on Eastern Standard Time year-around which currently is the same as Central Daylight Time (CDT): 1 hour behind the Eastern Daylight Time zone -- and subject to change at anytime.

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Bryce , George Smith , Chip Ellis , Angelle Sampey