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Regardless of age, all kids are required to participate in the rookie program. The rookie program is a non-competitive class designed to make your child comfortable with the elements required to drive safely including:
How to line up on the track.
How to pass safely.
How to get on and off the track safely.
The meaning of the flags and the flagman’s signals.
How to drive on the track with other cars.
What to do in common emergency situations.
Although the youngest age a child can start racing is 5, they can enter our rookie program when they are as young as 4 1/2 years old!
This program is NOT an "arrive and drive" event. Each child MUST bring their own car and safety equipment to participate in the rookie program.
In the rookie program a new driver is taught how to pass, the meaning of the flags and the flagman's signals, how to line up to begin or restart a race, and what to do in common emergency situations.
Although the student is taught these racing basics, the real focus of the training is SAFETY, and is not intended to produce a seasoned race car driver. The last sessions often include the other new or experienced drivers, practicing together what they have learned before entering a racing situation.
Next, the driver will race on the track in the rookie class. There are two rookie classes; red rookie and blue rookie. The red rookies run with what's called a red plate in their engine, which restricts speed. They will be racing in their own car against other relatively new drivers. Drivers remain in the red rookie class until they learn the flags, how to enter and leave the track safely, flagman signals, and how to line up. They then are promoted to the blue rookie class. The blue rookie class uses a blue plate in the engine and allows drivers more speed.
There are 16 different Quarter Midget classes for race teams to choose from. Classes are based upon age, weight and the different motor combinations that are available, with many drivers participating in multiple classes.
If you are interested in learning more about our Rookie program, you can email us using the contact us tab.here..