Downstate high school program lets students drag race - New York News

Downstate high school program lets students drag race

Posted: Updated:
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Behind the screeching tires and roaring engines are some baby-faced drag racers. They're speeding off in a safe and controlled environment because Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison Illinois sponsors high school bracket racing every Wednesday night.

Coordinator Paul Hagen says the students are catching on really fast.

"So we race other high school kids, their all on an even playing field. Start them out teach them all the same. There some of the kids they could race with the professionals already, there good!" said Paul Hagen.

Jennifer Harris says the need for speed runs in her family, starting with her grandmother!

"My sister did it, my two older brothers, my oldest brother was track champion twice so…and my grandma," Harris says. "My dad, my grandma. I'm not doing it for attention or anything like that, I'm doing it cause I like to do it."

Shawn Eckman is just 16 years old and he says hitting the race track is empowering.

"I've been loving racing every since I was a little kid, my family does it and it's something I've always been interested In. You learn when to launch your car, you learn everything about tire pressure and dial ins and everything." said Shaun.

On this night, the winner was not your typical drag racer.

Follow Us!

Share Your Photos & Video

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Boater gets prison for fatal Hudson River crash

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:18 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:18:53 GMT
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
    A man who was drunk when he crashed a powerboat into a construction barge, killing a bride-to-be and her fiance's best man, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in jail. The victims' families, who say poor lighting on the barge was the main cause of the collision on the Hudson River, called the sentence "incomplete justice."
  • NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    NY: Wal-Mart levied fake 'sugar tax' on soda

    Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:53 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:53:56 GMT
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying stores were charging a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.
    New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda. Investigators say some consumers who complained were falsely told the state has a "sugar tax." They say the markup of more than 16 percent violated state laws.
  • Transgender teen escapes from custody

    Transgender teen escapes from custody

    A transgender girl whose imprisonment without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates has escaped from custody in Connecticut.
    A transgender girl whose imprisonment without criminal charges raised an outcry among her advocates has escaped from custody in Connecticut.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices