Street racing cars:

Read about safer alternatives to illegal street racing.

Street racing cars: forget all about illegal street racing. It’s more fun on the track!

In 1994, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) developed its Street Legal program and today there are 140 participating NHRA member tracks across the United States, Canada and Mexico. The format varies from track to track but most offer time trials and grudge racing, allowing racers to choose their competition. The program is set up to allow each street race participant as much track time as possible.

Only street-legal cars, trucks and motorcycles are permitted, though some events allow open exhausts and/or drag slicks. Requirements are simple: a valid driver's license and vehicle registration, insurance, seat belts, mufflers and street-legal tires. The drivers come away from these events with proof of their speed and driving proficiency and, most importantly, they come away alive.

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Why you should find an alternative to illegal street racing:

Every form of speed competition, from the Kentucky Derby to NASCAR, originated from one cocky racer challenging another to prove whose ride was fastest. Motorsports events have grown into an organized, multi-billion dollar business.

Homegrown hot rodders continue to throw down the gauntlet, with illegal street race challenges played out on back roads where people get arrested, hurt or even killed. The problem with illegal street racing is a serious one with dangerous consequences.

Learn more about street racing cars -- and keep yourself safe.

Illegal street racing is an ongoing, deadly problem. According to statistics, one in 100 participants dies in an illegal street race accident.

  1. Racers Against Street Racing (RASR) is administered by SEMA, an automotive aftermarket trade organization. It has a list of nearly 300 racetracks that have sport compact racing.
  2. RaceLegal, developed by Professor Stephen Bender at San Diego State’s Graduate School of Public Health, provides a how-to plan for communities to fund alternative programs to the illegal street race situation.
  3. Drag racing is not the only alternative to street racing cars. Road racing and autocrosses offer wheel-to-wheel time trials. More information is available from Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).
  4. Communities need to be creative. RaceLegal stages 1/8-mile drag races at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium, the site of Padre and Charger games.

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