(Oregon, Wi.) Two Wisconsin racing facilities announced today the formation of a new “High School Racing Association” (HSRA). This new association is a combined effort between the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway and the Madison International Speedway. The Speedways’ goal is to provide youths an economic entry into stock car racing. The HSRA will feature High School aged drivers in competition throughout the summer months. Other racing facilities are expected to join the association as the 2020 season progresses along.
“This is something that we have been working on for quite some time.” Commented HSRA co-founder and 2000 Auto Racing Promoter of the Year Chuck Deery. “We have seen the potential in this style of racing through our Street Stock and 6shooter classes, not only at our tracks but tracks throughout the country. This division gives teenagers a fun and inexpensive way to become involved in auto racing. The number of youths involved in E-sports such as iracing is tremendous, this is a way to get them further involved in the sport they love.” Deery added that the goal is to add tracks from throughout North America into the program and continue to grow the HSRA’s reach each season.
The HSRA will feature American Production six-cylinder sedans with various safety enhancements. The driver’s high school colors and mascot must be incorporated into the paint scheme of the car’s roof at a minimum. Students entering their Freshman year of high school, current high school students as well as those just graduating from high school, with a minimum age of 14 and maximum age of 19 will be eligible to compete. Anyone under the age of 18 wishing to enter the pit garage area will need to have a completed Minor’s Release form on file at each track they wish to attend. A complete set of rules and regulations can be found on the Official HSRA website at highschoolracing.org
State Champions will be crowned in each participating State. The driver’s six best feature event finishes, in the State they compete in, will be used to determine the final standings. In the event of a tie, the finishing order at the regional event will be used to determine the State Champion. Host facilities may or may not choose to crown a Track Champion. In 2020, a Midwest Regional event will be held on Saturday September 5 at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, WI. In order to qualify for the Regional event, a driver must have participated in 3 HSRA events in that calendar year. The Regional events are expected to move locations annually.
Drivers choosing to become members of the HSRA ($20 annual membership fee) will not be charged a pit admission fee at any HSRA sanctioned weekly event. Any student that wishes to work with a car, that possesses a valid School ID will be admitted into the pit area at the lowest rate offered each night, usually matching what a Racing Member is paying ($20-$25). Pit admission age varies from track to track.
HSRA events will take place on both dirt and asphalt oval racing tracks, no larger than a quarter of a mile in length from June through the weekend prior to Labor Day Weekend. Each HSRA track can host up to six regular season events per season, not counting Regional or National events. Racing facilities interested in hosting HSRA events are encouraged to contact Gregg McKarns at email@example.com. The High School Racing Association (HSRA) is not affiliated with any sanctioning body or bodies.