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January 13, 2013

Brother, sister keep racing family on fast track


“It was awesome,” he said. “I knew I was going to like it.”

He said he likes the “adrenaline rush” of going over 100 mph and trying to get ahead of other cars.

Emotions can run high during races, especially since cars bump and hit each other. Sean Conely recalled how one driver walked over to him after a race and held up his bumper before having a short heated discussion; Sean Conely had ran into him while avoiding a crash.

When he first began racing, he said, some considered him a “young punk” because he was aggressive and doing well, but he felt he was driving safely as well. He said he gradually earned their respect.

Katie and Sean Conely both said they like the racing club because it’s like a family. If there is a problem on the track, drivers are supposed to talk with each other and try to resolve it. If that doesn’t work, the club can get involved.

The two work on their own cars and get them prepared for the racing season. They work on the cars at their father’s business, Conely Auto Sales, Service and Rent-A-Car in Genoa Township. If they have any questions, John Conely, a mechanic, is more than willing to help.

John Conely said he’s proud of his two children and how much they have improved. He enjoys going to the races and has even raced his children at the track.

“I have a great time,” he said. “Both Jenny and I enjoy it.”

Although racing can be dangerous, John Conely said race cars have plenty of advanced safety equipment, including a new device to support the neck.

“Riding a bicycle without a helmet is probably more dangerous than driving these race cars with the safety equipment we have today,” he said.

He said both of his children played several sports in high school, and he’s glad to see them using their competitive skills on the track.

“I’m happy for them, they’re so talented,” he said.

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