WHITE ALLIGATOR RACING TEAM REPORT
EVENT PREVIEW – MOPAR MILE-HIGH NATIONALS
BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY – DENVER, COLO.
JULY 20-22, 2012
Looking to jump-start the season after a frustrating summer, White Alligator Racing team owner and rider Jerry Savoie will return to his Suzuki entry for this weekend’s Mopar Mile-High Nationals in Denver. After spending most of the season aboard a Buell V-twin, Savoie believes the Suzuki combination will afford a better chance of success, especially in the unique high-altitude conditions present at Bandimere Speedway, which sits more than 5,700-feet above sea level.
“Last year, we ran very well in Denver with our Suzuki, and we’re returning this year with a bike that makes more power so I’m pretty optimistic that we’re going to have a good weekend,” said Savoie. “We also have two fresh engines together for the Suzuki so that helps make this decision easier. We’re still going to bring the Buell with us, but unless something drastic changes, we’ll race the Suzuki.”
Savoie brought out his colorful Suzuki Hayabusa mid-way through qualifying at the recent O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 Nationals in Joliet but did not qualify for Sunday’s final eliminations after the bike experienced some minor mechanical issues. A recent test session appeared to correct those issues. Under crew chief Mark Peiser, the team has also steadily improved their Buell combination – which could give them several attractive options heading into the second half of the season.
“We’re still committed to the Buell as a long-term project so people shouldn’t read too much into this decision,” said Savoie. “We just happen to think the Suzuki will be the best bike to race in Denver. As a rider, I’m comfortable on either bike so that isn’t an issue at all. I just want to go fast, qualify well, and win a few rounds on race day.”
Savoie is currently ranked 13th in the NHRA Full Throttle points standings and is 85 markers out of a coveted spot in the top 10. There are currently four events remaining before the field of ten Pro Stock Motorcycle riders is finalized for the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
“If we’re going to make a run at the top 10, it needs to happen real soon,” said Savoie. “We didn’t qualify in Chicago and that really hurt us, but there are four races left so we just need to do everything we can to score points. We can do this.”
About White Alligator Racing
Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Gerald "Jerry" Savoie and his White Alligator Racing (WAR) team made their professional debut in NHRA's Full Throttle Series in 2011. Savoie – who owns and actively participates in the daily operation of his alligator farm in Louisiana – qualified for every race on the tour in his rookie season and reached the final round at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. He was also a front-runner for NHRA's Road to the Future award and finished in the top 10 in the series standings. Team WAR's stable has included a Suzuki TL, a Suzuki Hayabusa, and an S&S-powered Buell. Savoie founded WAR with the hope of raising awareness of the eroding coastlines of Louisiana, hence the team's motto: "Racing to Save Our Wetlands."
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