The need for speed is especially strong for young teen drivers.
Now, Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., is giving these young men a chance to drive fast under controlled conditions, hopefully keeping them safe from harm.
One such driver Friday night was 16-year-old Clay Armstrong, who drag-raced his first car – a C4 Corvette that reached speeds of 130mph in 12 seconds – with his mother’s blessings.
“You’ve got to teach them respect for the car,” Marcy Armstrong said. “They do have to be afraid of a car because it can hurt yourself and it can kill somebody.”
For proof, she has only to point to a couple of accidents earlier this year in Arizona that occurred during alleged street racing and resulted in two deaths.
Wild Horse Pass officials hope the Friday night drag races – open to drivers 16 and up – will provide a safe outlet for young drivers to drive fast. They expect to draw about 200 cars each night for the drag races, which are set for every other Friday night during the summer and every Friday night in the fall.
“For $30, which is probably less money than it would cost to go to a movie, they can come out here under controlled conditions,” Wild Horse Pass’s Bill Schneider points out. “They can probably actually get their car going faster than they could on the street.”
The track will be open for drag races every other Friday night this summer and every Friday night in the fall.
Of course, that need for speed isn’t just limited to young drivers.
“I still love speed and I’m an old guy,” Schneider admitted.
You can view the calendar of events for Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on the web at www.racewildhorse.com.