March 10, 2006
Cecil -- The first race of the NHRA ProStock motorcycle circuit will be in Gainesville next week, and one local team is looking to start their season off on the right foot by getting a head start.
The G-Squared Motorsports team from Americus is down at the South Georgia Motorsports park, testing for next week's Gator Nationals, and General Manager George Bryce says it's a great dress rehearsal.
"Get the rust out, that's what we're trying to do. Maybe we can curb some of the nervous that you have pent up over the winter, preparing engines, preparing motorcycles."
Driver Chip Ellis says, "We brought our S&S powered V-twin Buhle out here today, and we're going to run a few laps and have some fun."
Ellis had trouble off the line in his first run, and had to shut the bike down early, but says it's all about gathering information.
"We're just going to try and learn as much as we can. You know the competition's going to be tough this year. We're going to make some changes and try and go as fast as we can."
G-Squared has full sponsorship for two teams this year, which means they'll be looking to make a lot of noise this season.
"It's very similar to what some the NASCAR teams are doing it now, where they can share information and learn twice as fast," says Bryce.
Ellis adds, "It's awesome. It's going to be a good deal for us all year long, and I look forward to battling it out with (teammate Mark Smith). Keep it here, you know?"
The action will continue this weekend, with the Hooters Pro Cup South Georgia 250 on the oval Saturday, followed by the Spring Test Nationals drag racing on Sunday.
Bryce says Sunday's action is basically, "testing in a race format."
Drivers from G-Squared and all the race teams will be available to the fans throughout the weekend.