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September 20, 2013

Go-karts: Family racing passion extends to 17-year-old Laura Long

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This is her rookie season in the Lite class, which is an adult class at the track.

Her grandfather offers advice to her and he can see the differnce in her driving skills over the years.

"She has a desire to win," Chris Long said. "I think she has the talent and I knew a few things that work and I've seen an improvement in her and she can follow what I am explaining to her. There's a little bit of lingo (racing vocabulary) difference right now. I know what she is explaining (and) what she tells and I can sse that she has the ability to search around and find the faster spot on the track."

Her father is the crew chief as he has wrench on engines, including his dad's sprint car engine, for most of his life.

"I feel very lucky to have my dad and pap helping me out with the go-kart," she said. "It was kind of hard at first, but it didn't take me too long to adapt."

She said that when she first started racing the go-kart, she would play with her friends while her dad was cleaning the kart and working on it.

"I am more dependent now on getting the kart ready to race," she said of the change that has taken place since 2005. "I've learned how the engine works, the basic set-ups and I am a lot more aggressive driver."

She also gets help with her go-kart from her two best friends, Miranda Kantz and Marinna Carroll. Kantz is on the basketball team with her while Carroll is on the track and field team with her.

"The girls love helping me at the races and not too many people can say they have a girlfriends that races go-karts," she said.

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