Kidracer Returns To The Lifestyle Arena at The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

racerkidFor the past 10 years, the Kidracer® Formula 5 Driving School has been as much a part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend as hot dogs, Indy Cars and ear plugs.

The Kidracer program takes place in the Kid’s Zone inside the Long Beach Arena and is in operation from 8-5 Friday and Saturday and 8-4 on Sunday. And as in every other year, the rides are FREE.

If you’re not familiar with a Kidracer, think of a formula race car downsized to fit kids ages three to around seven. We say “around seven” because the seat in a Kidracer is adjustable to fit kids of different sizes. And you shouldn’t confuse Kidracers with typical ride-on toys. A Kidracer is not a ride-on. And it’s absolutely NOT a toy. Rather, a Kidracer is a serious ride-in formula race car with two forward speeds — 2.5 and 5 mph — a reverse gear and precise Ackermann steering similar to what the professional formula cars use.

The tough but lightweight Kidracer is powered by twin electric motors and two rechargeable, sealed, gel cell 6-volt, 8-amp batteries that provide a driving time of between 2-3 hours before requiring recharging. Ready to race, a Kidracer weighs only 47 pounds and can be easily carried in the back seat of most cars. And it features a unique wheelie bar that allows for picking up the Kidracer under the nose and rolling it from place to place.

kidracer-program3Kidracers has been running environmentally friendly electric formula cars since Chief Designer Oscar Koveleski’s first Kidracer hit the track at Watkins Glen back in 1988. And since that time, thousands of children have participated in hundreds of driving schools and races all over the USA, including the Indy 500, using various Kidracer cars.

The Kidracer driving school program teaches kids important safety lessons. They learn all the flags: green means go, red means stop, yellow means caution, the checkered flag means the race is over and, most important, the black flag means NO BUMPING! All the cars are equipped with seat belts and everyone learns that you gotta buckle up or you’re not allowed to drive.

But beyond the important safety lessons, the Kidracer program teaches kids self confidence. They learn how to properly steer, accelerate and brake, and the importance of driving the proper racing line. And they also learn to be responsible to each other.

But even this wouldn’t be enough if driving a Kidracer wasn’t pure, unadulterated FUN.

Kidracers is a completely volunteer program. It happens every year at Long Beach because of help from individuals, including Nate Jones who founded Kids, Hands, & Minds Together in his spare time from running a full-time tire business in Signal Hill and who serves on the board of directors of the Battleship USS Iowa museum and education program.

And because of that help, every kid drives for free.

Both Oscar Koveleski and John Dinkel are members of the Road Racing Drivers Club (RRDC) and the cars, banners and signs at the Kidracer event showcase their support for the RRDC and Safe Is Fast, the official driver development program of the RRDC.

So we encourage you to take a few minutes this weekend and visit the Kidracer event in the Lifestyle arena. We’re easy to find. Just look for all the kids with smiling faces driving around the Kidracer track.

For more information on Kidracers, please visit the website at: www.kidracers.com

Photos available on request.

John Dinkel

Kidracer Public Relations
P: (949) 683-9546
E: eleven-tenths@cox.net

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