Teen Challenge Drag Racing (TCR)

·         TCR allows youth ages 14 to 16 the opportunity to race against their peers in full-bodied street vehicles, with no need to buy a special vehicle.

·         A Co-Driver accompanies the TCR on all runs to act as a coach and to join in the fun.

·         The TCR program is an inexpensive way for families to get involved in drag racing and another chance for parents to cultivate a close working relationship with their children.

·         All races are conducted over a distance of 1/8 mile with an ET dial-in format, limited to 9.00 seconds and slower.

·         TCR drivers may not compete in any other class except Jr. Dragster.

Requirements & Specifications


·         The Co-Driver must be the driver’s parent, legal guardian with a valid driver’s license.

·         The Co-Driver must be seated in the passenger seat of the vehicle any time the Driver is in the driver’s seat.


·         Youth ages 14 to 16 (up until they have achieved a driver’s license) may be licensed to compete in TCR.

·         All runs must be made with an approved Co-Driver. (see above)

·         A photocopy of every competitor’s birth certificate must accompany all license applications.

·         If a competitor obtains their drivers license after they have started their TCR racing season, they may finish the season in the TCR program.


·         All competitors must be licensed by a NPBRA Track Official. The licensing procedure includes Vehicle Orientation, a Basic Driving Test, and a minimum of three (3) approved runs, as follows.

o   An Official or Co-Driver must be in the vehicle at all times.

o   To satisfy Vehicle Orientation requirements, Licensee must demonstrate familiarity with all of the vehicle’s primary controls such as pedals, steering, shifter, lights, etc.

o   Drivers must perform this orientation test for each vehicle entered in competition.

o   Licensee must complete a Basic Driving Test, demonstrating the ability to start the vehicle, select gears, turn, brake, and stop proficiently.

o   The Official will make one run with the Licensee as a passenger. This will allow the Official to determine the safety and eligibility of the vehicle per Elapsed Time limits, and orient the Licensee to track fixtures, starting line, timing system, return road, timeslip booth, etc.

o   The Licensee must make a minimum of one (1) approved runs with the Official as co-driver.

o   The Licensee must then make a minimum of three (3) approved runs with the assigned Co-Driver, witnessed by the Official. 1: Launch; 2: ½ Track; 3. Full 1/8 Mile

·         If passed, the Official and Co-Driver sign the driver’s license.

·         Officials will deny a license to a driver they feel cannot handle the vehicle.

·         Driver may only drive vehicle from the staging lanes, on the track, and on the return road as far as the time slip booth. The Co-Driver must drive the vehicle at all other times.


·         Mandatory for both driver and Co-Driver.

·         All participants are prohibited from wearing shorts, tank tops or bare torsos or legs while competing.

·         VEHICLE Must be full-bodied car, truck, van, or SUV. Convertibles, Open-top SUV type, motorcycles and race cars prohibited.

·         Vehicle must pass NPBRA safety inspection.

·         Vehicle must be licensed. Mufflers and street tires mandatory.

·         Electronics prohibited.

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