An East Bay regular in the Limited Sprint class, she is not winning races or contending for a top-five finish most race nights, but Susanne George is accomplishing something very special to her.
The 18-year-old Venice resident is racing with and against her father.
'It was always exciting watching my dad, this mountain of a man, finesse those sprint cars through the corners, sliding,' George said. 'I always wanted to race him, and now I'm really enjoying getting to do just that.'
Tim George has been racing for many years, using his wrecker business to finance his night job. It was only natural his oldest daughter would be curious about racing. Her start in go-karts came at age 12. She moved up to the sprints as a 16th birthday present.
In her first race in the powerful sprint-car class, Susanne ran fifth at East Bay in a field of 10 cars.
'But I got disqualified in tech for being too light on the scales,' she said. 'I only weighed about 90 pounds back then.'
She's up to 105 pounds this year and handles her Shaw chassis and its 350 home-built Chevy motor quiet well. She never has considered herself a tomboy, but she's no 'girly girl' either.
'I like being a girl,' she said. 'But, I enjoy spending time with my dad in the shop or traveling to and from races with the whole family.'
When ask about her future in sprinting, she is realistic but she is thinking big.
'I would love to get to the World of Outlaws,' she says, 'but I need a big sponsor, or group of sponsors, just to travel with one of the local traveling dirt series groups, much less the highest level in sprinting.'
AUBURNDALE SPEEDWAY: Aaron Williamson won the 100 Super Late Model race. Other winners included Dave Dunkin (Sportsman), Dustin Breeden (Street Stock), Levi Parsons (Mod-Minis), Chuck Frazier (Mini-Stocks) and Mike Kehoe (Scramblers).
CITRUS COUNTY SPEEDWAY: Richie Smith (Open-Wheel Mods) and Danny Hage (Figure-8) races reschedule because of rain. This week's winners were Curtis Newmann (Open-Wheel Mods), Paul Grynewicz (Figure 8), Johnny Zuidema III (Sportsman), Clint Foley (Mini-Stocks), Jeremy Sharrone (Four Cyl Bombers), Bobby Taylor (ninth Pure Stock Win) and Cotee Clark (Rookie Thunder Stocks).
DESOTO SUPER SPEEDWAY: Winners were Jesse Dutilly (Limited Late Models), Art Calkins (School Bus Figure 8), James Nanny (Street Stocks), Mark Nelson (Open-Wheel Mods), Jerome Watland (Bombers)and Randy Johnson (Pure Stocks).
EAST BAY RACEWAY PARK: Dakota Stevens won the Limited Sprint feature on the track, but lost it during technical inspection when officials found a problem with his front bumper. That gave Frank Beck the win. Other winners were Forest Gough (Limited Late Models), Keith Nosbisch (Late Models), Chad Rose (Outlaw 4's) and Frank Miller (4-cyl Bombers).
USA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: The final Hooters Pro Cup 250 Championship event will determine the 2007 Hooter's Pro Cup championship. Fans also will see the B.F. Goodrich Tires Pro Cup Pit Crew Challenge. Call 1-800-984-7223 for information.