G2's goal at Reading is to demonstrate potential of G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell MOHNTON, Penn. (October 5, 2004) -- When the rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ivan came to Maple Grove Raceway in September causing a postponement of the action,...
G2's goal at Reading is to demonstrate potential of G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell
MOHNTON, Penn. (October 5, 2004) -- When the rains from the remnants of Hurricane Ivan came to Maple Grove Raceway in September causing a postponement of the action, Pro Stock Bike had completed one round of qualifying. Chip Ellis, aboard the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell, owned by George Bryce and George Smith of G Squared Motorsports, ended that first qualifying session No. 5 on the qualifying ladder.
This weekend the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series returns to the Pennsylvania countryside near Reading to complete the 20th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals. All professional classes will have four qualifying sessions, two on Friday and two on Saturday, in which to make the field for Sunday's eliminations.
With time running out on the 2004 season, G Squared Motorsports wants to use the rain out date this weekend to establish their engine package as a positive force to be reckoned with as they move forward to continued development in the off season.
"We learned from the one pass we made before the rains came," said Smith. "Every time we run this G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell we learn something new. After qualifying No. 1 at Indy, our previous run at Reading showed us that a couple of changes we made between Indy and Reading didn't move us in a positive direction. So the additional runs should work to our favor.
"We have used the off time to be better prepared for the second go at the Maple Grove track. If the air is good at Reading, I would not be surprised to see some of the bikes dip in the six-second range. But G Squared is not worried about the air; our focus is more time and passes on the bike to continue our engine development under actual race conditions. We want to be well prepared, perform to the high standards we have set for ourselves and do it with consistency.
"We feel we have a very good package with this G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell and a lot of people have expressed interest and we would like to demonstrate its potential."
Ellis stated that he is getting more comfortable with each pass on the bike. "I'm still a rookie," he said. "Each run I learn something about the bike and that is making me more comfortable.
"The good thing is that I can leave the engine development on the bike in the capable hands of George Bryce, George Smith, Ken Johnson and the guys at S&S Cycle and concentrate on just driving. My job is to cut good lights, hit my shift points and make smooth straight runs. If I can do that with consistency then I've feel I contributed to the team effort."
G2 begins their pursuit of the Pro Stock Bike title when professional qualifying starts on Friday with two sessions scheduled for 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Qualifying ends with two sessions on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Final eliminations for all classes get underway on Sunday at 11 a.m. These times are subject to change and reflect Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
On TV, ESPN2 will air a two hour show featuring highlights of professional eliminations of the Lucas Oil Nationals on Saturday evening (October 17) starting at 7 p.m. Television time is Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and subject to change at anytime without notice. Check local listings.