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G Squared Motorsports: Eliminations


NOVEMBER 3-6, 2005

Chip Ellis to semifinals at Pomona

Chip Ellis:
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 
were outstanding.

"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

Matt Smith:
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.