Kids feel need for speed in national race car driving competition

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Dozens of kids compete in race car driving / Ray Harless -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — It was all about racing at the Pikes Peak International Raceway Saturday as dozens of families from across the country came out for a little race car driving.

Hundreds of kids are strapping in and pushing the pedal to the metal for a mini version of race car driving.

“So it’s a scaled down version of a midget car which is a race car in the United States,” said Kevin Miller, the CEO of the United States Auto Club. “These are kids ages 5 to 15 and they’re here in a very small car powered by a Honda or a Briggs and Stratton lawn mower derivative motor.”

The youngest on the track is 5-year-old Skylar Keeney who happens to be a Colorado Springs native.

“How fast do you like to go? As fast as it goes,” said Skylar.

In these cars, that can mean up to 25 miles per hour.

“It really amazes us how much they adapt and learn and focus on what they’re doing,” said Jimmy Keeney, Skylar’s dad and an avid racer himself. “It’s the only time we get him to focus on anything.”

The whole goal is to earn points for a shot at the national title but it’s also about much more than just racing.

“I think the most important thing that the kids learn really is the family network of growing up,” said Miller. “Your families really bonded together, they’re traveling weekend to weekend.”

It’s a racing tradition that the Keeney family — from dad to mom and now to young Skylar – is all too familiar with.

“When he does well here he puts it right back on us for us to go do as much as we can and he keeps us going a lot,” said Keeney.

And at just age 5, he knows how to win.

“If they’re in first and you pass them, that means you’re in first,” said Skylar.

The Keeney family will also be participating in Sunday’s annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Saturday’s race was just the first of four national competitions.



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