Ryan’s need for speed
On July 25, Eastbound International Speedway & Concert Park had its grand opening and one Winterton driver was in the middle of it.
Amongst the aerial display of the motocross racers and the pure vehicle carnage provided by the monster trucks, Ryan St. George was preparing for to race in the Legends series competition.
Working to get his car ready with members of the pit crew, including his father Rod and brother Blair, 25year-old Ryan marveled as thousands of excited race fans streamed into the Avondale-based speedway looking to drink in as many left turns as they could.
“They were really ecstatic,” said Ryan. “It is easy to get caught up in it.”
Many drivers will tell you racing is an adrenaline rush. They will tell you their heart starts pumping with the first rev of the car’s engine and does not stop until the race is finished.
“Anything can happen at time,” said Ryan.
The A-1 Glass Legends car’s design is based on a 1934 Ford. It is a single-seat vehicle that runs a 1250 Yamaha sports bike engine and weighs just 1,300 pounds.
Ryan said the power to weight ratio is similar to that of a Corvette. “It gets moving,” he said. Ryan described racing the Legends series car as “being more on edge.”
“You’re always on the brink of grip,” he said. “The end might snap out at any moment and you have to be ready to catch it.”
When his race was finished, Ryan was signing autographs for young fans of the sport. It was not something he expected, but it was something he was more than happy to do.
“It was just crazy,” he sad. “They’re all on the edge of their seats and its great to have new energy for the sport in the province because we haven’t had it in awhile.”
St. George has not been racing long.
He figures he has five weekends of race experience under his belt.
“I started at the end of last year,” Ryan noted.
He first raced at Thunder Valley Speedway in Bishop Falls in 2012 in the sportsman series.
Despite being still a novice in the high-octane world of motorsports, Ryan was exposed to racing at an early age.
From Formula 1 races to Nascar, he fell in love with the sport.
“It’s exciting,” said Ryan about what draws him to racing. “I played a lot of sports growing up and this trumps it all.”
While he said he “picked up racing pretty easily,” Ryan noted there was is a steep learning curve in the sport.
“You can’t swim,” he said.
There is a respect level that has to go into the sport. There is an adjustment to driving at the high speeds, with other racers and for the sheer power behind the vehicle itself.
One thing you can’t do is think about going into the wall or making a mistake. When you start thinking about it, the chances go up that something could happen.
“You really have to respect the learning curve and know your limits,” said Ryan.
From an outsider’s
perspective, racing is seen as an individual sport.
But, that is not the case. A good race happens when the driver is working with his pit crew and vice versa.
“It is definitely a team sport,” said Ryan. “There is great camaraderie.”
Winterton’s Ryan St. George stands next to his Legends series racer at the Eastbound International Speedway and Concert Park last month.