RANSOMVILLE, NY- Following a pair of impressive performances working together in TQ Midget competition, Car Owner Jerrid Morphy has looked to 358 Modified standout Ryan Susice to pilot his Morphy Racing-owned Sprint Car in the team’s first ever appearance with the Patriot Sprint Tour at Ransomville Speedway this evening.
“This is as amped up as I’ve been for a race in a long time,” beams team owner Jerrid Morphy. “This is a brand new venture for us. Sprint Cars – for me – are just about the perfect race car. I’ve been a fan of them for as long as I can remember. Being able to have one in our stable is a dream come true”
Morphy struck up a working relationship with Susice through engine builder Bill Pippard. The pair gelled immediately, with Susice powering the team to their first career TQ Can-Am Midget victory at Sunset Speedway in just their second race as a unit.
“Working with Ryan has been an absolute pleasure so far,” says Morphy. “When we were driving home from Sunset, I knew I had to find a way to get him back in one of our cars as soon as possible. When you watch him in action, it’s pretty crazy. He’s so smooth and so fluid. I honestly believe he has limitless potential in just about anything he sits in”
“As soon as I put the plans in motion for a 360 Sprint Car program, his was the first name I had in mind. I’m elated that we were able to come together to have him drive for us tonight”
For Susice, the event will give him a chance to broaden his horizons without ever having to leave his backyard. As the New York-based driver will make his first career Sprint Car appearance at the same speedway in which he currently leads the points in the maddeningly competitive 358 Modified division.
“I’m excited for tonight. I think this team will do just fine,” quips a visibly excited Susice. “It might take a little bit of getting used to, but that’s the case with every different kind of racecar. The cockpits in these cars are very similar to that of a Modified. I’m just going to have to get used to the car winging over to the left instead of rolling to the right like a Modified”
And although his Sprint Car experience is limited, there’s no question that Susice knows what it takes to win within Ransomville’s half-mile confines.
“We’re going to rely on our hometrack advantage, without question,” explains the Modified contender. “To say we give up a lot of experience in a Sprint Car is a huge understatement. But, what we do have on our side is the knowledge of the track itself. Knowing how it changes and how we have to attack the corners is going to be a big help”
“Our goals are realistic. We just hope to pick up as much knowledge as possible. I just want to qualify for the feature and put on a show for all of our hometown fans,” adds Susice with a smile. “I guess we’ll see if I paid enough attention in that Donnie Krietz setup school I went to a few years ago.”
Ryan Susice’s Patriot Sprint Tour debut is made possible thanks to Morphy Racing, Young Drivers of Canada, EPIC Racewear by OnePromo.ca, Asset Consulting Experts, Tim Phillips Garage and Pippard Racing Engines.
For details on tonights event, visit www.RansomvilleSpeedway.com.
To learn more about the team, visit the Jerrid Morphy Racing page on Facebook and be sure to follow along on Twitter @MorphyRacing.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)