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NHRA announces new racing program for 13 to 16 year olds

Mar 20, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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The National Hot Rod Association this week announced a new program that combines car safety and racing that’s sure to get wheels spinning for youngsters 13 to 16.

Called NHRA Youth Racing, the program “will give teenage boys and girls the opportunity to race against their peers in full-bodied street vehicles with an adult co-driver as their teammate,” according to an NHRA press release.

“Competitors will go through an orientation/licensing procedure on an eighth-mile dragstrip in their vehicles, which must meet program requirements. Approved vehicles must be registered, insured, street-legal vehicles with mufflers and street tires and limited to 10 seconds and slower.”

That’s right, if you can convince mom and dad to sit beside you while you put the pedal to the metal of the family car, you can take the first step towards potentially becoming the next John Force or Alexis DeJoria.

“This is an inexpensive program but, best of all, it’s a way for families to use drag racing as a learning tool and a conduit for family bonding,” said Josh Peterson, NHRA vice president of racing administration.

The program will be available at participating NHRA member racetracks (member track locator is at NHRA.com). Program rules are at NHRARacer.com.

NHRA Youth Racing is the latest member of the youth racing family that also includes the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style and the NHRA Summit Racing Series.

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  1. moezilla - Mar 20, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Cool idea….whatever it takes to get young people interested….just wondering where the hell this was when I was a teenager?

  2. wallio - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    The IHRA has had this for years. They call it TCR, Teen Championship Racing, my home track was actually the guinea pig for it. Bout time the “big boys” caught up.

  3. techmeister1 - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    While I support proper training for young people and the fun of drag racing, I wonder how they will drive on the street if they get use to the speed.

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