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Crane Getting Education On & Off the Track Heading Into Speedweeks Youngster Will Wheel Super Late Model at New Smyrna with Guidance from Query PANAMA CITY, FL (February 1, 2005) -- When Ryan Crane goes to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) with his Super...

Crane Getting Education On & Off the Track Heading Into Speedweeks
Youngster Will Wheel Super Late Model at New Smyrna with Guidance from Query

PANAMA CITY, FL (February 1, 2005) -- When Ryan Crane goes to New Smyrna Speedway (FL) with his Super Late Model for the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing in February, it wouldn't be technically correct to call it Speedweeks for him. Even Speedweek would be inaccurate. It's going to be more like a long weekend of speed for the young Florida driver.

Confused? Let us explain. Rather than take too much time away from his studies at Florida State University, where he is a business major with an eye towards law school, Crane has decided to show up a little bit later to the nine days of racing at New Smyrna.

"I'm not going out there until later in the week," said Crane. "We'll be running the last four races of the series, so I'll still need to miss one day of classes."

Every trip to the track, though, is still an educational experience for Crane. Having short track racing legend, and former schoolteacher, Freddie Query in his pits is definitely accelerating the learning curve for Crane.

"We have a great relationship," said Crane. "Everything that Freddie tells me I can relate to and use. He has helped me with my driving and in understanding the setups. Now I can explain to him what the car is doing much better than before. His help is tremendous."

Query's help is also valuable away from the track.

"We stay in touch during the week," said Crane. "We talk everyday on the phone. Today, I've talked to him twice already. We do a good job of staying in contact with each other away from the track."

The pairing of young driver and master happened when the two raced against each other and struck up a friendship. That opened the door to Query becoming a coach and teacher for Crane.

"We raced against each other and I had seen him a lot on and off the track," said Crane. "We became friends after awhile and that carried through to having him help us out."

Crane has never raced at New Smyrna before and he hopes that Query can help to flatten out his learning curve.

"It will definitely be a learning experience," said Crane. "We will see where we are at on the first night out. I've watched races there and walked the track, but that's it. Freddie can tell me what to expect there. After we make a lap or two, we will know where we are at."

Speedweeks might be a home-state race for Crane, but he is far from being a local at New Smyrna. He hails from Panama City, a full seven hours from the track. In fact, sometimes it even feels like it's in another state.

"Panama City's pretty much lower Alabama," said Crane. "We are in a different time zone; it's an hour behind and it feels like a different world."

Crane and his team plan on attending the nightly races at New Smyrna starting on Wednesday night, February 16th and end with the Florida 100 on February 19th.

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