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Ridgefield Twins Take A Spin At Car Racing Camp

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Now that Ridgefield students are back to school, the question asked by all is, “What did you do this summer?” And for two 8-year-old brothers, the answer is: We raced cars.

Ellis and Adin Zusel spent a week learning about one of their favorite sports. They got to go the behind the scenes of a racetrack and race go-karts. In five days at the Junior Racing Summer Camp at Grand Prix in New York, the twins were taught how to follow the racing lines, pass and defend on the track.

“It was fun,” said Adin. He said they got to practice driving on a simulator in the arcade, but it was more like a videogame than a real car.

“We did track walks,” Ellis said. “They walk around the track, and we stop in places and talk about how to get around turns, and if you’re going to make a time, stay on the outside or on the inside. They showed us how to get around the track in a good way.”

After they learned the basics, the boys put on their suits, donned helmets and stepped into the camp's go-karts to race. Getting into the cars and putting on the helmets were Adin and Ellis’ favorite part of camp.

Being timed on the track made camp even more fun. Ellis said his fastest lap time was 32.112 seconds. Adin’s fastest was 29.783 seconds.

Car racing isn’t that popular in New England. But in the Zusel house, mom Dina said they love it.

“The first movie they ever saw was 'Cars,'” and the twins watched it over and over again, she said. “My husband would flip through the channels and say, ‘Look! Just like the movie "Cars!"’ And then they watched NASCAR.”

She admitted she’s a “total NASCAR girl,” and the boy’s love of racing blossomed from there.

The boys can now take part in the Junior Racing Leagues held at Grand Prix. But the twins won’t be racing this fall because they are already signed up for flag football in Ridgefield. But both said they want to do more hit the racetrack in the future.

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