NHRA announces new racing program for 13 to 16 year olds

3 Comments

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.

Follow me @JerryBonkowski

Daniel Ricciardo would relish being Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

Getty Images
Leave a comment

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo says he would relish the challenge of having Lewis Hamilton as his teammate if he joins Mercedes next year.

Ricciardo is out of contract at Red Bull at the end of the season and expressed interest in joining teams like Mercedes or Ferrari to help him challenge for the championship.

The Australian says he would “love to obviously be challenged against the best and Lewis is obviously up there.”

He adds: “I don’t want to say it’s just Lewis I’m looking for but that would be a good challenge.”

Ricciardo says he won’t accept a faster car if it means playing second fiddle to an established star.

He says “there’s always been really good clarity and fairness (at Red Bull) … and I would expect that environment everywhere.”