Madison: Fred Collis final summary

Additional weight sends G Squared Motorsports searching for answers for G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2004) -- Fred Collis and the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell fell victim to reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle POWERade champion Geno ...

Additional weight sends G Squared Motorsports searching for answers for G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell

MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2004) -- Fred Collis and the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell fell victim to reigning Pro Stock Motorcycle POWERade champion Geno Scali in the opening round of today's eliminations at the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals..

Collis, aboard the S&S Cycle-powered V-Twin, moved first at the green light with a .008-second reaction time. But Scali quickly made up the difference and pulled away to the win light. Scali crossed the finish line strip at Gateway International Raceway in 7.199 seconds, while Collis followed in 7.302 seconds.

"I want to thank everybody that gives me the opportunity to race a great bike like the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell," said Collis. "We put a lot of effort into our performance but it takes a lot of people and companies to make our program work. One company I want to mention is Snap-on Tools. They have been with Star Racing and now G Squared Motorsports and S&S for over 10 years. Thanks for you support."

It was Snap-on tools that bolted on the additional weight that was added to the bike and that weight is now of some concern.

"Fred cut a good light and we had a 107 (.107 second) 60-foot," said George Smith, who along with George Bryce are partners in G Squared Motorsports. "He drove the bike straight and although his shift points weren't perfect they were very close. The bottom line is that we just didn't make the power on the top end.

"We need to check the health of this engine. Keep in mind that this motor has been running competitively since the Columbus event. One of the reasons we have left it in there is part of our overall learning curve. We want to check the longevity of the parts. Even though the overall operation of the engine appears good, as a result of the testing of parts the engine may not be as healthy today as we would have liked.

"The additional 40-pounds that NHRA imposed on our bike and the Harley V-Rods has changed the equation. This G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell has good traction and is launching real well but the additional weight hurts our performance on the top end of the track indicating that we need more horsepower. The S&S Cycle engine shop is already at work on providing additional power for the V-Twin."

Added Bryce, "I'm disappointed with today's pass after making a 7.17 seconds pass in qualifying. I saw a chance for us to run better than that during eliminations but it wasn't to be. All we do now is go back to the shop and try and figure out why it didn't go faster and perform better.

"It perplexing that it not only went slow but we now have to carry an additional 40-pounds. They put sandbags on us. As I said we're going to go home and figure out how to go fast with the new rules. Once we do that, we'll bring the bike back out and run it. You haven't heard the last of the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell."

The next event for the Pro Stock Bike class on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule is July 16-18 in Morrison, Colo., just outside Denver, when the 25th annual NHRA Mopar Mile-High Nationals unfolds at Bandimere Speedway.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Geno Scali , George Bryce , George Smith , Fred Collis