can pick up an application from the track or you can
print one out from the link below.
(***it MUST be in COLOR***).
As part of its wide variety of racing series,
NHRA offers the Youth Racing program, in which teenagers
who are 13 to 16 years old can race one another in
street vehicles, be they vintage machines or models
straight from the showroom floor. The cars must be
full-bodied street-legal vehicles that meet program
requirements. Participants must have a licensed
supervising adult in the car on all runs, which are made
on the eighth-mile track using an elapsed time dial-in
format and limited to 10.00 seconds and slower.
Participants may not compete in any other class except
Jr. Dragster. As part of the membership purchase
necessary for this program, participants also receive
the digital edition of award-winning National
Dragster, access to NationalDragster.net, and excess
medical insurance (coverage may be different outside the
NHRA Youth Racing is for drivers of full-bodied cars,
trucks, vans, or SUVs. Prohibited vehicles include
open-top SUVs or open-top SUV-type vehicles.
Convertible tops are allowed but must be closed at all
times. Motorcycles and race cars are prohibited. All
vehicles must be street-legal and driven in and carry
proof of vehicle registration and valid insurance.
Vehicles also must display valid license plates and be
able to pass all state highway safety requirements for
the state in which the vehicle is registered.
only drive the vehicle from the staging lanes to the
starting line, on the track, and on the return road as
far as the time-slip booth. The licensed supervising
adult must drive the vehicle at all other times.
Licensed participants must be at least 13
years old and may participate through the year of their
All runs must be made with an approved
licensed supervising adult, who must be the
participantís parent or legal guardian or 25 years of
age or older with a valid state driverís license. The
licensed supervising adult must be seated in the
passenger seat of the vehicle anytime the participant is
in the driverís seat. The licensed supervising adult
must drive the vehicle in the pits, into the staging
lanes, and on the return road past the time-slip booth.
A valid NHRA Youth Racing program participant
card and membership are mandatory.
License application must be fully completed and
submitted to NHRA in Glendora, Calif., for processing.
License application available at NHRARacer.com. All new
license applications must include a certified copy of
the participantís birth certificate and a completed and
notarized minor waiver and release.
Six (6) approved passes are required by the
participant: a minimum of five (5) with a licensed
supervising adult and one (1) with an NHRA track
official, who will determine the safety and eligibility
of the vehicle per elapsed time limits. After six (6)
successful runs by the participant the official and
licensed supervising adult will sign the license
application. An NHRA track official may deny a license
to anyone he or she believes cannot handle the vehicle.
If an NHRA track official denies an applicant, he or she
must repeat the entire licensing procedure.
As part of the licensing process, an NHRA track official
also will conduct a vehicle orientation test (to
demonstrate mastery of vehicleís controls), a basic
driving test (to demonstrate mastery of vehicle
operation), and track orientation (to identify track
fixtures, starting line, timing system, return road,
time-slip booth, etc.). A vehicle orientation test is
required for each vehicle entered in competition. An
NHRA track official or licensed supervising adult must
be in the vehicle at all times during the licensing
To add a vehicle, the participant must complete a
vehicle orientation test, basic driving test, and safety
and eligibility vehicle test and make two (2) approved
runs with a licensed supervising adult and one (1)
approved run with an NHRA track official. Participant
must hold an active membership in the NHRA Youth Racing
Use of seat belts is mandatory for both the
participant and licensed supervising adult.
Helmets are mandatory for the participant and
the licensed supervising adult. Helmet can be either an
open-face or a full-face helmet meeting Snell M2005,
M2010, K2005, SA2005, or SA2010 or SFI 31.1/2005 or
No shorts, bare lets, tank tops, or bare
torsos permitted while racing (applies to both
participant and licensed supervising adult).