G Squared Motorsports take two of top three spots on Day 1 of qualifying Ellis No. 1; Smith No. 3 MOHNTON, Penn. (September 16, 2005) -- The union of Chip Ellis and Matt Smith, as teammates aboard the G Squared...
G Squared Motorsports take two of top three spots on Day 1 of qualifying Ellis No. 1; Smith No. 3
MOHNTON, Penn. (September 16, 2005) -- The union of Chip Ellis and Matt Smith, as teammates aboard the G Squared Motorsports-prepared, S&S-powered Buells, is already paying dividends for the duo as the first day of qualifying comes to an end at this weekend's 21st annual Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, near Reading Penn.
Ellis, from Americus, Ga., rode his G2 S&S Buell to the top spot on the Pro Stock Motorcycle ladder, while Smith, from King, N.C., wheeled his G2 Red Line Oil/Skull Gear/Torco Racing Fuels Buell, to the No. 3 position.
Ellis recorded a 7.101-second pass in today's opening qualifying session. Smith saved his best until the second run when he covered the quarter-mile in 7.121 seconds.
"My partner George Smith has suggested from the start that we should be running two motorcycles to accelerate our learning curve with both the chassis and the S&S power plant,"said George Bryce, who along with George Smith are the brain trust behind the highly successful G Squared Motorsports.
"Currently with Chip and Matt being teammates through the end of this season, we are now able to double the data we receive during each qualifying session. At Indy, it definitely helped because our two Buells were paired in opposite lanes each session, so we got data on both the right and left lanes each time. Otherwise, with one bike, it would have taken two sessions to do the same thing. Granted that's not going to happen every race.
"It's just like you would think, you get to make two runs every round and it allows you to do different combinations to each bike in a given session."
Ellis stated that he was just happy to be in the field. "Pro Stock Motorcycle is so competitive and the qualifying so close that you are just happy to make the field. When you do something extra like go to the top of the ladder, it show you are running well and to be sure these S&S-powered engines did their job for both Matt and me today," reflected Ellis at the end of today's qualifying.
QUALIFYING: Qualifying concludes for both Ellis and Smith with two additional sessions on Saturday, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The 16 quickest qualifiers begin their quest for the Pro Stock Motorcycle title on Sunday with eliminations for all classes starting at 11 a.m. Times are local Reading time -- Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime.