Veteran Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Chip Ellis will join the Vance & Hines factory Harley-Davidson team as a racer at the upcoming Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals from Indianapolis, Ind. The squad now expands to three riders with defending champion Eddie Krawiec and multi-time champion Andrew Hines.
“I haven’t been on a bike since last November but Drew [Hines] called me a couple of weeks ago and asked me what I was doing. I said, ‘What do you need me to do?’” Ellis said to NHRA. “I have a great relationship with the Vance & Hines guys and I’m happy to help out any way I can. I enjoyed it when I worked in their shop every day and I enjoyed racing with them last November. I guess they think I’m the right guy for the job. Either that or they just like having a redneck on the team.”
Ellis last competed in an NHRA event at the 2017 season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, where he qualified No. 3, and rode a Vance & Hines Harley to a quarterfinal finish. Prior to that, he raced a V-twin entry for the late Junior Pippin.
The seven-time NHRA national event winner is also scheduled to race at a select number of events during the upcoming Countdown to the Championship. His schedule includes races in St. Louis, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Pomona.