Thursday, January 08, 2015
Not a part of NHRA Summit Junior Drag Racing League or NHRA Jr. Street? Visit your local NHRA Member Track today to find out how you can get started. Kids ages 5-17 can participate in the NHRA Summit JDRL and teenagers 13-16 with an adult co-pilot can compete in NHRA Jr. Street.
Competitors in the NHRA Jr. Street program 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.
NHRA Jr. Street is the latest program in NHRA’s youth racing segment that also includes the NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League, NHRA Youth and Education Services, NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA and the NHRA Summit Racing Series.
NHRA Summit Junior Drag Racing series
The NHRA Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League offers kids ages 5-17 the opportunity to experience the thrill of racing half-scale dragsters in a controlled racing environment at many of NHRA's 130 member tracks across the United States and Canada.
The cars that Jr. Drag Racing League competitors race are called Jr. Dragsters and are half-scale versions of Top Fuel dragsters. Using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, a Jr. Dragster can go as fast as 85 mph and as quick as 7.90 seconds in an eighth-mile, though younger competitors are restricted to slower times/speeds. Just like their full-size Top Fuel counterparts, Jr. Dragsters must meet NHRA's stringent technical specifications. NHRA also places speed and elapsed-time restrictions on competitors based on their age and experience.
NHRA & US Army Y.E.S. (Youth & Education Services)
The NHRA's Youth and Education Services (Y.E.S.) program presented by the U.S. Army is motorsports' first and only full-time program devoted exclusively to educational programming. The Y.E.S. program was created in 1989 as a tool to connect education and drag racing. Since its inception, Y.E.S. has continued to expand and improve its programs, seminars, literature, and educational material. The 2015 season marks the 27th year of the NHRA Youth and Education program and continues to reach over 25,000 students per year nationally.
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