Organizing Drivers Schools, Races, and Building a Track
Drivers schools are run for fun and learning. There are no 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place awards because all of the kids are treated as winners and presented with equal recognition or awards. The key is that everyone is a winner with Kidracers, and with a Kidracers Driver's school is the first place, and the best place to teach them that.
Helmets are not required, but are highly recommended. Safety is an important lesson and teaching kids at a young age that helmets save lives is an important lesson. No need to buy a high dollar racing helmet, a lighweight bicycle style helmet works the best, and are rather inexpensive.
Unlike the big league racers, with Kidracers, qualifying means teaching the kids how to drive the cars. This usually takes about 3 minutes each. Instructors will not only teach the kids how to drive, but how to drive the racing line on the race track. As the other drivers watch, the student driver will start in first gear and learn to obey the flags. By doing, and observing, students will learn to not only drive and race, but to catch the checkered flag out of the starters hand at five miles per hour! Kids that qualify together race together in the practice race.
Starters operate the five flags at the start/finish line. The starter is in charge of the race. Intentional bumping is a black flag no-no.
Four corner workers assist drivers in need. They also operate the red flag when necessary. When the track is blocked or when the race is over everyone is to stop.
GREEN FLAG! Four or five students race for 10 to 20 laps or more. The instructor must give the drivers time to learn to race together well. The checkered flag signals the end of the race and everyone is to stop. All drivers stay in their cars as the starter presents the checkered flag to each of them to take around the track in a parade lap. Everyone is a winner with Kidracers.
Small classes of four to five students can be completed in about 30 minutes.
Portable Energy Absorbing Safety Track
Safety tracks can be made from PVC 4" drain pipe. PVC pipe moves when struck by wheels, reducing G-forces and impact on cars and drivers.
The best track size is a 30' X 40' oval or larger on a hard level surface. The track should be set up inside portable crowd control fences, and tires, hay bales, and other movable barriers may be used. Cars should never be allowed to bump into concrete curbs or damage to the cars may take place, or possible injure a child.
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