LAS VEGAS -- The family that races
together, stays together. Unfortunately in many cases, Mom and Dad may
be racing their doorslammer at one track while the only Jr. Dragster
league available for the kids is racing at another track the same day.
To help keep racing families together, the Pacific Street Car
Association announced Wednesday that two Jr. Dragster classes (8-12 year
old and 13-18 year old) are scheduled to participate in all 2012 PSCA
shows. The Jr. Dragsters will race prior to and after the other PSCA
classes at each event and will be scheduled as not to affect the flow of
the other PSCA classes.
Exact rules and regulations for the two
classes will be released soon.
"Several racing families have expressed an
interest in finding a way to allow both the parents and the kids to
participate in the PSCA events," said Chris Blair, Las Vegas Motor
Speedway vice president of racing operations. "It's extremely difficult
for both the kids and parents to race at the same time due to the
demands of jumping in and out of one car while working on the other.
With this format, the parents can focus their efforts on the kid's
racing either before or after a day of racing and make the weekend more
enjoyable for everyone."
Both classes will compete for race trophies
and prizes. Jr. Dragster racers will also compete for event points that
will be counted toward a class champion at the end of the season.
"I was going to have to miss several events or
make a very tough decision when a PSCA and a Jr race fell on the same
weekend this year," Ron Weems, 2011 PSCA Outlaw 10.5 Champion, said. "My
Daughter Aliyah will compete at the first race and soon when my son RJ
is old enough he will as well. Racing is a family sport, and I'm excited
to see the PSCA make this move".