Kids auto racing in Phoenix

Children as young as five are putting the pedal to the metal and racing in Phoenix.

PHOENIX - When you think of auto racing, you probably think of NASCAR, Formula One AND IndyCar. But many of those professional drivers all started out racing in quarter midgets.

In the Valley, and across the country, children as young as five take to the race track every weekend. And when IndyCar heads to the Phoenix International Raceway on April 28 and 29, the racers of tomorrow will be on the same course as the racers of today.

They'll include Jeremy Sherman and his two sons, Drew and Kane. They're just seven and five years old and race in cars that go up to 30 miles per hour.  

Jeremy raced when he was a child and his now passing the sport along to his children. They typically race once a month, in a sport where the whole family is involved in the race weekends.

The sport is not a cheap one.  Used quarter midget cars cost about $4,500, while new ones can cost up to $10,000. And just like the professionals, the cars can be sponsored.  

Safety is also a major priority for the racers. Drew, Kane and all of the other racers where a fire suit and a helmet.  

Find out more about quarter midget racing on their website and Facebook page.

Find out more about the IndyCar race weekend at PIR here

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