Team Report: Transmission Woes Slow Scali

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Transmission Woes Slow Scali
By: Jack Korpela

Defending NHRA Pro Stock Bike champion Geno Scali
wishes transmission problems wouldn’t have spoiled what his two very strong
motors indicated would have been a successful event at last weekend’s
NHRA Fram Autolite Nationals from Sonoma, CA.
Things started well for the defending event champ as he laid down a solid 7.14
off the trailer.

“We felt really good after the first pass,”
Scali said. “We qualified third and our data showed that we had a lot
of room for improvement.”
Saturday was quite unusual for the team as mechanical problems prevented it
from getting back into the seven second zone.

“On day two we couldn’t get the bike
to shift,” Scali said. “We put a new motor in to start the day and
eventually went back to our motor from day one, but we still couldn’t
get it to shift.”

Tenth-qualifier Scali matched up against seventh-qualifier
Shawn Gann in the first round of eliminations.

“On race day we thought we finally had
the problem fixed, and it still wouldn’t shift. We’re still not
exactly sure what it was,” Scali said from the Los Angeles Airport. “We’ll
have to take it back to shop and figure it out. It could be a bent air ram or
a burnt shift fork.”

“It was a big let down because we knew
we had the power. We knew we could run with them,” Scali said. “It
was disappointing that my bike wouldn’t shift in the session where everyone
picked up six to seven hundredths. I know we would have been able to run well.
We had all the pieces.”

Despite falling a few places in the points chase,
Scali remains optimistic and focused on regaining consistency.

“We absolutely have to do more testing,” Scali said. “We need
to put in a lot of laps before the next race. The points are still tight and
we have seven races left to go. Seven races is a lot if you’re on top
of your game, which we plan to be by the next race. We’re a championship
team and we need to prove it again.”

Next up for Scali will be the Lucas Oil NHRA
Nationals from Brainerd, MN, August 12th-15th.

The team expresses gratitude towards all of its
dedicated supporters; Trim-Tex Drywall Products, Craftsman Tools, Hot Cams camshafts,
and PMFR chassis & wheels. The Team also thanks associate sponsors; Red
Line Oil, Mini Rods, Diamond Power Sports, Vanson Leathers, Des Plaines Suzuki,
Pingel, MSD Ignitions, and Bell Helmets.

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