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Ryan Litt likes to drive fast!!  When you want to drive fast...what better series to race than the Auto Value Super Sprint Series. According to the series website, they are the Fastest Short Track race cars in the world! Over the past five years, they Super Sprints have raced at 27 different tracks and hold track speed records at 22 of them. Litt, a 22 year old native of London, Ontario who now resides in Lyons, holds the track record for his "home" track, near London, Delaware Speedway, a blistering 15.682 seconds set June 6, 2009.

Racing is in Ryan's blood.  He group up around it, so it was natural for him. The sights, the sounds and the smell of racing got the best of Ryan and he knew that it was something he wanted to do.  He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather who was the first in the family to show interest in motorsports. He was involved in Drag Racing and was a successful crew chief for a NHRA Top Fuel Dragster in the 1960's.  Ryan's dad raced Midgets and Super Modifieds and Ryan was by his dad's side and travelled to all the tracks.  In 1994 at the age of 6, Ryan began his racing career. His dad set up a one time deal with a family friend to race a Junior Dragster at St. Thomas Dragway. He actually made it through to the final round and in the end finished second to a 16 year old.

In 1998 Ryan's dad bought him a Jr. Sprint car and that got the ball rolling to a successful racing career. His first year of racing Litt won numerous heats, three feature races and was named Rookie of the Year.  During the next three seasons, Ryan gained valuable experience and won 28 feature races and won ALL the Indoor Heat and Features races in years three and four.  In his final season in sprints, Litt took the experience to another level and tested a Jr. Cascar, tested a Pepsi Street Stock at Delaware Speedway and raced a Legends car in Fort Wayne Indiana, winning one race and finishing 5th in points. Ryan raced a season of Street Stocks at Delaware in 2002, took rookie of the year honors and finished ninth in points.  He would get a lot of seat time in Practicing a 440cc Outlaw Microsprint, drove 600cc Winged Midget Indoors in the Rumble Series in Indiana and Won 50 Lap Go-Kart Race at Quest Speedway.
A new year and lots of new challenges in 2003 took Litt to the USAC Ford Focus Midget Car Series and was third and fourth in Mid West Points and won 2 races.  At that time Ryan was the only Canadian Competitor in USAC and obtained his USAC and SCCA license at the age of 16. He also tested 60 Laps in USAC Pavement Sprint Car.  By 2004, Ryan was gaining notoriety and was the featured article in Sprint Car and Midget Magazine.  He won several races around the Mid West that summer and ended up finishing 3rd in USAC Midwest Focus Midget Series and got his first taste of the bigger USAC Sprint cars racing twice.  2005 was another successful year for Ryan as he finished 4th in Inaugural USAC Indoor Focus Midget Racing Championship held in DuQuoin, Illinois, was Nominee for Inside Track Motorsport News Up and Coming Driver of The Year, Finished 7th in Famous (57th Annual) Little 500 at Anderson Speedway (runner up for rookie of the race) and startd his career with the Auto Value Super Sprints.  In 2006  Ryan raced for the most part with the AVSS winning races at Baer Field and Delaware Speedways as well as a heat and feature win at Berlin Speedway in Michigan.  Ryan finished a successful first season in the Super Sprints 4th in points and runner up as rookie of the year.

The 2007 & 2008 season brought several more heat and feature wins and a new track speed records at Toledo Speedway, Auto City Speedway and a fastest lap of 11.50 seconds a the Little 500. Ryan would try a new venture into the Super Modifieds where he finished in 2nd place at Delaware Speedway in only his third ISMA start.  He finished 2nd in points for 2008.
2009 brought more success, several top qualifying times, track records and several heat and feature wins.  For the upcoming 2010 season, Ryan will be running with the Must See Racing Sprints, racing in 12 events at tracks such as Salem, Winchester, Anderson and O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis.  All 12 races will be on Comcast on a delayed basis. Ryan will also run with the AVSS, USAC and ISMA.  His long term goal like any other open wheel racer, to run an Indy Car but without the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to race that series he won't be there. He did mention to me, "I'm pretty comfortable staying where I am at now, they are the fastest Circle Track Cars in the world next to Indy Cars so I can't complain !"



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