September 2016 Driver Feature – RYAN CASSITY

Cassity leads a field of Briggs LO206 competitors at Gateway Motorsports Park, IL, in 2015
Cassity leads a field of Briggs LO206 competitors at Gateway Motorsports Park, IL, in 2015

For the second consecutive month we are featuring a driver who calls the Mid-State Kart Club in Springfield, Illinois, home – this time, multi-time national champion and former WKA Triple Crown winner, Ryan Cassity.

Ryan Cassity is likely the longest tenured Coyote Motorsports driver in the country, and one of the most accomplished. Cassity started racing karts in the Briggs Junior class at Mid-State in 1983 and continues to compete on a local, regional and national level today.

In 2013, Cassity flexed his muscle as arguably the top 4-cycle sprint racer in the country when he scored a huge $5,000 payday for his King of the Castle Pro Clone win at New Castle Motorsports Park.

Years earlier, Cassity won a WKA Triple Crown championship – the most prestigious driver award the World Karting Association once offered – for winning three class national championships in the Gold Cup Series. In all, Cassity has won 14 WKA national championships and 16 WKA Divisional Series titles.

Cassity races fellow Coyote competitor Tim Stiefel at New Castle Gold Cup August 2016
Cassity races fellow Coyote competitor Tim Stiefel at New Castle Gold Cup August 2016

While he hasn’t been a regular Gold Cup competitor for a number of years, Cassity still occasionally returns to Gold Cup nationals – most recently, a national event at New Castle in August 2016.

Proving he still can get the job done on a national level, Ryan competed in the LO206 Masters division and won both Saturday and Sunday’s main events over a competitive field of drivers.

Cassity is married with a daughter and is employed by Caterpillar, Inc. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 1995 with a degree in Mathematics.

Ryan has been instrumental in promoting Coyote products on and off the track, and it certainly shows with the number of customers we have in Illinois and surrounding states.

We thank Ryan for his years of commitment to and support of Coyote Motorsports, and we’re looking forward to continuing the relationship in the future!

Here’s a Q and A with Ryan to highlight him as this month's Coyote Featured Driver!

CoyoteKarts.com:  What year did you start racing karts?

Ryan:  "I started racing karts in the Briggs Junior class at Midstate Kart Club in 1983."

CoyoteKarts.com:  How did you first get involved in karting?

Ryan: "My dad used to race karts in the 60's and got my brother and I into the sport."

CoyoteKarts.com:  What is your favorite track to race? 

Ryan:  "That's a hard one... I have several favorites: South Bend, IN; Charlotte, NC; and East Lansing, MI."

CoyoteKarts.com: What do you like best about kart racing?

Ryan:  "I really enjoy the camaraderie and sense of family within the karting community.  Karting brings families together and keeps them close.  I have met people from all of the country through racing and maintain many of those friendships today."

CoyoteKarts.com: What are your most memorable moments in karting?

Ryan:  "Some of my most memorable moments in karting have to be my first national race win at Circleville, OH; my first National Championship; my first win at the Quincy Park Street Race; and winning the King of the Castle Pro Clone race."

CoyoteKarts.com: Why do you choose to race Coyote karts?

Ryan:  "I choose to race Coyote Karts because Coyote builds a quality product and are constantly striving to improve.  Mark and Jim truly care about the sport and do all they can to help the sport grow."

CoyoteKarts.com:  Future karting and/or racing plans? 

Ryan:  "I plan to race both locally and nationally in 2017 as my schedule allows."

From all of us at Coyote Motorsports, congrats to Ryan on his accomplishments and thank you for your continued support!

Driver Profile

Driver: RYAN CASSITY

Hometown: Decatur, IL

Team: Coyote Motorsports

Crew: Tom Cassity (father)

Number: 53

Years Racing: 31

Classes: LO206 Heavy and LO206 Masters

Series: Mid-State Kart Club, I-55 Challenge Series, WKA Gold Cup

Home Track: Mid-State Kart Club; Springfield, IL

Chassis: 2016 Coyote Wide Track

Sponsors: Coyote Motorsports, Turner Racing Engines, G-Man Kartworks

Racing Accomplishments: 14 WKA National Championships, WKA Gold Cup Triple Crown, 16 WKA Divisional Championships, 3 PKA Championships, and multiple IKF Regional and track championships.

Cassity on top of the New Castle podium after winning the King of the Castle in 2013
Cassity on top of the New Castle podium after winning the King of the Castle in 2013
Racing with Coyote in the late 1990s
Racing with Coyote in the late 1990s

 

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