How old do I have to be to drive a Jr. Dragster?
Any one can join the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League, but participants must be between the ages of eight and seventeen.
The IHRA Junior Racing Program accepts members from the ages of 8 to 17.
How much does it cost?
As in all motor sports, costs vary according to how fast you want to go. It is possible to buy a brand-new, race ready Jr. Dragster for around $3500. It is also possible to spend much more than that. New racers often find their best deals by purchasing a used Jr. Dragster from a racer who is moving up. Check our Buy/Sell/Trade board for used Jr. Dragsters for sale, or post your own Wanted to Buy message.
What kind of engine does a Jr. Dragster use?
Most Jr. Dragsters use the same basic five-horsepower Briggs & Stratton engine The engine can be used in stock form or modified to go quicker. New for the 2001 racing season, NHRA has approved the Tecumseh 5-hp engine. It has been used in IHRA racing for several years and has proven itself a reliable and economical choice.
Where do I get fuel and parts for a Jr. Dragster?
Parts are available just about everywhere across the country at Briggs & Stratton service centers, go-kart speed shops, and through mail-order companies. Please visit our manufacturers page for sources. Stock Jr. Dragsters use pump gasoline for fuel but many engines are modified to burn alcohol(methanol) for quicker times. Methanol is available at many go-kart shops and at the track.
What do I need to race?
Before you can drive a Jr. Dragster at an NHRA Member Track, you must have a JDRL Participant's card. Safety is a priority: NHRA requires every racer to wear an accepted helmet, neck collar, arm restraints, driver restraint system(seatbelts), protective clothing and gloves. Rules for IHRA junior participants are similar, please refer to the IHRA rulebook for details.
How fast do these cars go?
Speed will vary according to the motor combination and total weight of car and driver. Drivers age 8 and 9 are restricted to running no quicker than 12.90 in the one-eighth mile by both sanctioning bodies. Drivers age ten through 12 are restricted from running quicker than 8.90 in the one-eighth mile. Older participants (age 13-17) may run as quick as 7.90 in the one-eighth mile.
Where can I race?
Visit our Track Finder to locate a track in your area.
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