G Squared Motorsports: Eliminations
NHRA POWERADE DRAG RACING SERIES
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE: G SQUARED S&S BUELL
RIDERS: CHIP ELLIS and MATT SMITH
41ST ANNUAL NHRA AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
POMONA RACEWAY - POMONA, CALIF.
NOVEMBER 3-6, 2005
Chip Ellis to semifinals at Pomona
Qualified: # 3 (7.047 seconds at 190.30 mph)
Round 1: Ellis (7.171/181.54) def. Geno Scali (7.221/185.28)
Round 2: Ellis (7.298/166.33) def. Angelle Sampey (Red Light: 7.179/181.59)
Round 3 (semifinals): Ellis (7.174/183.02) lost to Andrew Hines
POMONA, Calif. (November 6, 2005) - Chip Ellis, aboard the G
Squared-prepared and owned Buell, advanced to the semifinal round of the
41st annual NHRA Automobile Club of Southern California Finals before
being turned back by Andrew Hines, who clinched the POWERade Pro Stock
Motorcycle championship today.
In the opening round, Ellis defeated Geno Scali (7.171 seconds to 7.221
seconds). In the quarterfinals, the Americus, Ga. driver bested Angelle
Sampey, who red lighted.
The match up with Hines was a battle of V-Twins - Ellis on the G Squared
S&S-powered Buell, Hines on the Vance & Hines Screamin' Eagle V-Rod.
Ellis, who had excellent reaction times all day, was away first at the
green. At the finish line it was Hines in 7.119 seconds, followed by
Ellis in 7.174 seconds.
Reflecting on the season, George Smith, who co-owns G Squared
Motorsports along with partner George Bryce, had the following thoughts:
"It's been a very successful season. I'm especially pleased with the
way Chip has rode the past couple of events. He had some up and downs
but his 60-foot times, his consistency, his lights and shifts points
"Finally, let me add a thanks to the guys at S&S for giving us a power
plant that we've been able to introduce to the NHRA and bring six new
teams to the sport. It's provided a lot of additional interest in the
sport and a lot more balance. So, thanks to S&S for all that they do."
Regarding today's race with Hines, Smith added, "We would have done
better had we not hurt a motor the round before. We had to change the
motor between rounds. That makes the tune up kind of like shooting fish
in a barrel because you don't have any base lines for the tune up.
POWERade Points: Ellis finished No. 5 in the final 2005 NHRA POWERade
Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings
Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award: Ellis,
along with three other drivers, Jack Beckman (Top Fuel), Erica Enders
(Pro Stock) and Robert Hight (Funny Car), representative of all four pro
categories, have been selected as the nominees for the 2005 Automobile
Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award. The winner of the
prestigious award receives a $20,000 monetary prize and sleek ceremonial
trophy and will be announced Monday night, Nov. 7, during the NHRA's
annual championship awards ceremony at the Westin Mission Hills Resort
in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Matt Smith suffers holeshot loss at Pomona
Qualified: # 1 (7.000 seconds at 189.71 mph)
Round 1: Smith (7.162/184.35) lost to Michael Phillips (7.198/187.36)
POMONA, Calif. (November 6, 2005) - After qualifying No. 1, Matt Smith
lost on a holeshot to Michael Phillips in the opening round of the 41st
annual NHRA Automobile Club of Southern California Finals.
Phillips got a big jump at the green - an advantage of .113 of a second
- and never looked back, much to Smith's dismay. Smith ran an elapsed
time of 7.162 seconds to 7.198 seconds for Phillips. Philips' margin of
victory was .0776 seconds.
"Matt has been cutting good lights during qualifying and is usually
consistent on the lights so I'm at a loss to say why he was so late
leaving in that opening round. Matt tries hard and we want to work with
him in the future and try to make him better. By his qualifying times
this weekend alone you can tell he can do the job. We expected him to
win the first round but it just didn't work," said George Bryce, who
co-owns G Squared Motorsports along with partner George Smith,
Reflecting on Matt, George Smith, had the following thoughts: "It's been
very rewarding to have Matt Smith ride one of our bikes the last four
events and we look forward to seeing if we can further that arrangement
for the upcoming season."
POWERade Points: Smith finished No. 12 in the final 2005 NHRA POWERade
Pro Stock Motorcycle point standings
Full Throttle NHRA Pit Crew Championships: In addition to the first No.
1 of his career, Smith and G Squared Motorsports won the Full Throttle
NHRA Pit Crew Championships for their work at the Auto Club of Southern
California Finals and the monetary prize that goes with the award. The
Full Throttle NHRA Pit Crew Championships program awards bonus money to
each of the four professional teams attending each NHRA POWERade
National Events. The program utilizes a point system, generally based
on, among other factors, a combination of qualifying position and
elapsed times to determine and award a Full Throttle NHRA Pit Crew
Championships at each event.
TELEVISION: ESPN2 will air a repeat of the elimination show early Monday
morning, Nov. 21, from 2:30 until 4:30 a.m. Television times are
Eastern Time (ET) and subject to change at anytime. Check local listings.
NEXT RACE: This was the final event, the 15th of 15 races for Pro Stock
Motorcycles, on the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule. The
2006 season will open with the CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals at
the Auto Club Raceway of Pomona (formerly Pomona Raceway) in Pomona
Raceway, February 9-12, 2006. The first race for Pro Stock Motorcycles
will be the Mac Tools Gatornationals at Gainesville (Fla.) Raceway,
March 16-19, 2006.
G SQUARED MOTORSPORTS: When Harley Davidson accelerated their effort in
NHRA, S&S Cycle decided in 2002 to join the battle. Because of his vast
R&D experience, coupled with his racing background, S&S asked George
Smith to head their project to field a competitive S&S V-Twin bike on
the NHRA circuit. Smith immediately asked George Bryce, who had been
working with S&S Cycle on a similar project, to join the new endeavor
and G Squared Motorsports was formed in 2003. Both Smith and Bryce knew
if they collaborated on the project, joining the resources, knowledge
and talents of S&S and Star Racing, they could produce a competitive
bike to race in Pro Stock Motorcycle competition on the NHRA POWERade
Drag Racing Series. The G Squared/S&S-powered V-Twin Buell debuted in 2004.