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G2 hopes Indy momentum carries over to Maple Grove MOHNTON, Penn. (September 16, 2004) -- Fresh from a record-setting, history-making qualifying outing at Indy over Labor Day weekend, G Squared Motorsports now aims for more of the same at the...

G2 hopes Indy momentum carries over to Maple Grove

MOHNTON, Penn. (September 16, 2004) -- Fresh from a record-setting, history-making qualifying outing at Indy over Labor Day weekend, G Squared Motorsports now aims for more of the same at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals this weekend at Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading, Penn.

At the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Chip Ellis, aboard the G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell, became the first Pro Stock Bike rider to qualify for the No. 1 position in his first NHRA national event. En route to the top spot, Ellis set an Indianapolis Raceway Park track elapsed time mark of 7.115 seconds.

George Bryce, who along with George Smith, own G Squared Motorsports feels that the G2 team can carry the momentum over to this weekend's event.

"We went and tested after Indy to give Chip (Ellis) some more seat time and us more opportunity to work on the tune up," said Bryce. "The G2/S&S/Star Racing Buell ran really good at Indy, otherwise we wouldn't have run 60-foot times and elapsed times like we did. The S&S engine made a lot of power. When the tune up and riding is just right at the same time, you run 7.11 (seconds) like we did at Indy.

"We hope that the weather and the track conditions will give us a chance to improve on the record pace we set at Indy. Maple Grove is a track that everyone should improve at if conditions are right."

Bryce explained the reasons that times are uncommonly good at Maple Grove Raceway.

"Usually the atmospheric conditions are better at Reading," he said. "Not always, but typically. The track is closer to sea level than most tracks and the barometric pressure is usually high, so it pushes more air into the engine. That should help to make this S&S Cycle engine even better.

"The place is completely covered with green stuff, like grass and trees. There's oxygen everywhere from all the green stuff. All those things, along with a nice cool track surface, allow people to set records at Maple Grove."

G2 begins their pursuit of the Pro Stock Bike title at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals when professional qualifying starts on Friday with two sessions scheduled for 2:30 and 5:30 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, qualifying highlights for this event can be seen on ESPN2 on Saturday (September 18) from 4-6 p.m. ESPN2 will also air a two hour show featuring same-day coverage of eliminations on Sunday night (September 19) starting at 11 p.m. (ESPN2 will repeat the elimination show from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, October 1.) Television times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and subject to change at anytime without notice. Check local listings.

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Series NHRA
Drivers George Bryce , George Smith , Chip Ellis