Sonoma: Chip Ellis final summary

Chip Ellis aboard the G2 S&S Buell out in round two SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2005) -- After qualifying No. 9 at the 18th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals, Chip Ellis driver of the G Squared S&S Buell Pro Stock Motorcycle, lost to Andrew Hines...

Chip Ellis aboard the G2 S&S Buell out in round two

SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2005) -- After qualifying No. 9 at the 18th annual NHRA FRAM Autolite Nationals, Chip Ellis driver of the G Squared S&S Buell Pro Stock Motorcycle, lost to Andrew Hines in the second round at Infineon Raceway.

The preparation work, especially on the chassis, paid off in the opening round when Ellis pulled away from Craig Treble to take the win light and advance to the quarterfinals. It was a 7.156-second pass for Ellis, while Treble followed in 7.236 seconds.

Running a 7.134-second elapsed time, a foul start in the second round negated any chance that Ellis had at a win. Hines, who ran a national record 6.968-second pass in the opening round, followed that up with a 7.042 second run in round two.

"We overcame a lot of problems this weekend that prevented us from qualifying at optimum performance level," said George Bryce, partner and co-owner of G Squared Motorsports along with George Smith. "We actually were pleased with our results in both rounds of eliminations today. No matter if Chip had cut a perfect light we would not have come out on top today; but removing the bikes of Andrew Hines and GT Tonglet from the equation today, we ran as well as anybody else out here."

"We'll go home and work on generating more horsepower and readying our new chassis for competition and go after them again in Brainerd."

Unofficially, Ellis is number six in POWERade points. He leaves this race with 531 points.

NEXT RACE: Chip Ellis and G Squared Motorsports will take some much-needed time off to regroup before the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series resumes at Brainerd International Raceway, August 11-14, for the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals.

-sgm-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Craig Treble , George Bryce , George Smith , Andrew Hines , GT Tonglet , Chip Ellis