January 31, 2003
Americus based Star Racing will not have the chance to win a fourth straight Pro Stock motorcycle championship on the National Hot Rod Association circuit.
Star Racing owner George Bryce has announced that he will not field a team in the 2003 season due to the lack of a sponsor.
The team has been trying to secure a main sponsor since R.J. Reynolds had to drop to their sponsorship of the team two years ago.
With bills still unpaid from last year's championship season, Bryce plans to sell his championship motorcycle and race engines. After 23 years of racing motorcycles, George Bryce is hoping to stay in the sport for another 23 years.
George Bryce said "There is a group of people coming in from Texas tomorrow and we are going to spend the weekend with them. We are going to talk about what they can do if they but it and try to negotiate a deal with them. And if they do buy the motorcycle and some engines, we are going to go to some races and help them do well with it. Also, maybe we can branch out our engine building service for other teams and help other people do better than they have ever done."
In six plus seasons, Star Racing and drvier Angelle Savoie won three straight NHRA Pro Stock motorcyle season titles, 28 races and set a record with 46 straight first round victories.
Two days after the Star announcement, Savoie announced that she will join the racing team of former rival Antron Brown this year.
Bryce says he will also look to expand his mail-order motorcycle parts business and plans to compete at the Albany Dragway this summer.