IHRA has developed
a new program for our racers of tomorrow. TCR allows youth ages 13 to 17
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.
receive an IHRA Rule Book, a year subscription to Drag Review magazine,
and excess medical coverage good at IHRA Member Tracks at IHRA-sanctioned
All races are
conducted over a distance of 1/8th mile with an ET dial-in format, limited to
11.00 seconds and slower. TCR drivers may not compete in any other class.
IHRA Member Tracks
must apply to be eligible to contest the program. Not every track may
Co-Driver must be the driver's parent, legal guardian, or adult 25 years of age
or older, with a valid state 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. The Co-Driver must drive the vehicle in the pits, into the
staging lanes, and on the return road past the time slip booth.
Driver: Youth ages
13 to 17 (up until they have achieved a State driver's license) may be licensed
to compete in TCR. All runs must be made with an approved Co-Driver. (See
A photocopy of
every competitor's birth certificate and a signed Parent/Guardian Minor Release
must accompany all license applications.
competitors must be licensed by an IHRA Track Official. The licensing
procedure includes Vehicle Orientation, a Basic Driving Test, and a minimum of
six approved runs, as follows. An Official or Co-Driver must be in the
vehicle at all times.
To satisfy Vehicle
Orientation requirements, Licensee must demonstrate familiarity with all of the
vehicle's primary controls such as pedals, steering, shifter, lights, etc.
Drivers must perform this orientation test for each vehicle entered in
complete a Basic Driving Test, demonstrating the ability to start the vehicle,
select gears, turn, brake, and stop proficiently.
The Official will
make one run with the Licensee as a passenger. This allows 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.
The Licensee must
make a minimum of three (3) approved runs with the Official as co-driver. The
Licensee must then make a minimum of three (3) approved runs with the assigned
Co-Driver, witnessed by the Official. If passed, the Official and
Co-Driver sign the driver's license.
deny a license to a driver they feel cannot handle the vehicle.
Driver may only
drive vehicle from 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
Mandatory for both driver and Co-Driver.
Must be a
full-bodied car, truck, van, or SUV. Convertibles, Jeeps, motorcycles and
race cars are prohibited. Vehicle must pass IHRA and State safety
inspection. Vehicle must be licensed. Mufflers and street tires are
mandatory. Electronics are prohibited.
Official IHRA Rule Book