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(CBS Sports)   Dale Earnhardt Sr's 12-year old granddaughter joins the kart racing circuit behind the wheel of the "Sandy Cheeks #3" which is also what the NSA found on your harddrive   (cbssports.com) divider line 19
    More: Spiffy, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Sandy Cheeks, karts, Danica Patrick, nieces  
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2013-06-24 08:19:40 AM
For those without children...

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2013-06-24 08:37:21 AM
Andy Weeks?

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2013-06-24 10:15:02 AM
Looks like the racing genes, skipped a generation in the Earnhardt family. Better watch out Dale she'll put you in the wall.
 
2013-06-24 10:16:26 AM
She's probably running a cheated up Hendricks chassis with a Yates motor that has illegal roller-rockers and a light weight fly-wheel.
 
2013-06-24 10:30:09 AM

soopey: She's probably running a cheated up Hendricks chassis with a Yates motor that has illegal roller-rockers and a light weight fly-wheel.


As far as cheating goes, they'll never stop it. The only way it can be done successfully, only one person can know about it. - Smokey Yunick
 
2013-06-24 11:59:16 AM
So, I'm a motorsports photographer, and I named my son Max Power mylastname; I figure this is a perfect setup for him to become a race car driver- my question is, when can you start doing organized racing as a child? Are there amateur kiddie-kart circuits? I only ask because I know people like Vettel and Hamilton were basically bred to be F1 drivers from the get-go, and I honestly have no clue how to do this. I'm planning on building him a tube-frame go-kart, and prior to that all I can think of is having him putter around in a power wheels car.

Any ideas?
 
2013-06-24 12:06:27 PM

grinding_journalist: So, I'm a motorsports photographer, and I named my son Max Power mylastname; I figure this is a perfect setup for him to become a race car driver- my question is, when can you start doing organized racing as a child? Are there amateur kiddie-kart circuits? I only ask because I know people like Vettel and Hamilton were basically bred to be F1 drivers from the get-go, and I honestly have no clue how to do this. I'm planning on building him a tube-frame go-kart, and prior to that all I can think of is having him putter around in a power wheels car.

Any ideas?


First you need money. Stacks of 20 dollar bills piled higher than your kid. Then you are ready for motorsports
 
2013-06-24 12:09:13 PM

grinding_journalist: So, I'm a motorsports photographer, and I named my son Max Power mylastname; I figure this is a perfect setup for him to become a race car driver- my question is, when can you start doing organized racing as a child? Are there amateur kiddie-kart circuits? I only ask because I know people like Vettel and Hamilton were basically bred to be F1 drivers from the get-go, and I honestly have no clue how to do this. I'm planning on building him a tube-frame go-kart, and prior to that all I can think of is having him putter around in a power wheels car.

Any ideas?


Search google? 4-6 years old might be a good time to start them. Be forewarned, it gets expensive quick. Ludicrously expensive. Plaid expensive.
 
2013-06-24 12:20:04 PM

soopey: Search google? 4-6 years old might be a good time to start them. Be forewarned, it gets expensive quick. Ludicrously expensive. Plaid expensive.


Yeah, did that. Apparently there are a few kiddie kart series/circuits not too far from where I live; they'll let him practice at age 4, and competitively race at age 5.

mikaloyd: First you need money. Stacks of 20 dollar bills piled higher than your kid. Then you are ready for motorsports


I realize that, but it occurs to me- most of the younger kids I've seen racing are definitely of the small town/lesser means set- is their family just putting everything they have into the kid's racing?
 
2013-06-24 12:44:55 PM
She already has as many NASCAR wins as Danica...
 
2013-06-24 12:59:34 PM
Sandy Cheeks reminds me of a volleyball picture.
 
2013-06-24 01:01:49 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: She already has as many NASCAR wins as Danica...


I'm quite surprised Danica didn't do better at Sears Point this past weekend. She should be one of the better road course drivers with her Indy Car experience.
 
2013-06-24 01:37:24 PM

soopey: Sin_City_Superhero: She already has as many NASCAR wins as Danica...

I'm quite surprised Danica didn't do better at Sears Point this past weekend. She should be one of the better road course drivers with her Indy Car experience.


She sucked on the road courses in IndyCar too.
 
2013-06-24 02:50:00 PM
of course this kid's gonna rave up Danica-she's on her uncle's team
 
2013-06-24 03:33:36 PM

FlyingJ: of course this kid's gonna rave up Danica-she's on her uncle's team


Not anymore, Danica is with Stewart-Hass now
 
2013-06-24 04:41:20 PM

grinding_journalist: soopey: Search google? 4-6 years old might be a good time to start them. Be forewarned, it gets expensive quick. Ludicrously expensive. Plaid expensive.

Yeah, did that. Apparently there are a few kiddie kart series/circuits not too far from where I live; they'll let him practice at age 4, and competitively race at age 5.

mikaloyd: First you need money. Stacks of 20 dollar bills piled higher than your kid. Then you are ready for motorsports

I realize that, but it occurs to me- most of the younger kids I've seen racing are definitely of the small town/lesser means set- is their family just putting everything they have into the kid's racing?


In short....yes, the family basically mortgages everything to pay for the kids racing...Jeff Gordon's parents moved the family from California to Indiana so he could have the chance to drive midgets and sprint cars 4-5 nights a week.  Bubba Stewart's dad (Supercross motorcycles) worked the night shift for more pay, so he could devote every single minute to the kid's racing career.  Even Danica Patrick's dad basically forsook all other things in life so she could race (though she has never won anything, even as a kid, but because he was willing to fork out the dough and because later she was willing to flaunt her T&A, she has kept getting rides)....

As to chances, there are karts, quarter midgets (maybe called jr midgets or even tq midgets depending on where in the country you are), there are also trophy karts in the off-road racing world if you're close to that type of deal, mini-dwarf cars for circle track racing (dirt and pavement), jr dragsters is also an option...most of those, the kids can start at 5-8 years old and in some them, the classes will advance all the way up to 16-17yo....

and as to the money, I've been around racing for many years and one of the most popular sayings is "How does a person make a million dollars in racing?  It's easy, you just start with two million...."
 
2013-06-24 07:28:10 PM

Digitalstrange: FlyingJ: of course this kid's gonna rave up Danica-she's on her uncle's team

Not anymore, Danica is with Stewart-Hass now


Meh. It's all Hendrick Motorsports, if we're being honest.
 
2013-06-24 08:52:50 PM
Where can I get a Sandy Cheeks racing suit in a 42 long?
 
2013-06-25 12:49:06 PM
 of course this kid's gonna rave up Danica-she's on her uncle's team a girl

Digitalstrange Not anymore, Danica is with Stewart-Hass now

Fixed it!
 
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