White Alligator Racing press release
Savoie moves closer to fulfilling 2011 goals
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Oct. 28) – When he began his Pro Stock Motorcycle career earlier this season, Jerry Savoie set some lofty yet achievable goals for his White Alligator Racing team, and they included a top ten finish and a couple of national event victories. Savoie easily achieved the first goal when he qualified for NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship playoffs, and now he’s hard at work on the second, looking to score his first victory at this weekend’s Big O Tires Nationals in Las Vegas.
“When I look back on this season, we have definitely come a long way,” said Savoie. “We assembled this team in a short period of time, and we’ve been able to come out here and be competitive against a lot of teams who have been doing this a while. Initially, I would have been happy with a top ten finish but lately, we’ve had to re-evaluate our goals. I think we can finish in the top five and that would really be something. I’d also love to see us get our first win at one of these last two races.”
Savoie currently sits sixth in the Full Throttle standings, and he is just 38 points behind fifth-ranked Andrew Hines. He reached his first final round at the sport’s biggest event, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, and has been to the semifinals in two of his last three events.
Pushing hard for a strong finish, engine builder and crew chief Mark Peiser has delivered a pair of fresh Suzuki power-plants in time for this weekend’s race, and the upcoming season-finale, the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, in two weeks.
“We’ve got good equipment and Mark recently finished a couple of engines that look real promising,” Savoie said. “Even though the season is almost over, we keep working and trying to find more power and looking for ways to make the team more competitive. I think we are as prepared as we can be.”
Savoie took part in Thursday evening’s NHRA Fan Fest activities at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas and also marveled at the host facility for this weekend’s event, the magnificent Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
“We had a great time at the Fan Fest,” he said. “I couldn’t believe how many people were there. Obviously, they really like drag racing in this part of the country. We signed autographs for about three hours and it seemed like the line never got shorter.
“I was also impressed by the race track. I’ve been to a lot of nice tracks this year but this place is really special. It’s pretty obvious that [track owner Bruton Smith] does everything first class, and he spared no expense when he built it. I’m ready for a great weekend.”