Kids take to midget racing at Napa Speedway Track

Posted at: 04/27/2013 7:59 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

They are not old enough to have a drivers license but dozens of kids spent the day speeding around a racetrack.

They've been tested to the max, not it's time to see what the midget race cars can do. At the helm of the tiny cares are pint sized drivers.

It'll be eight more years before Rachel Richter gets to drive on the roads of Albuquerque. Until then, she's filling her need for speed at the Napa Speedway Track.

"It feels like you're just like ... You're going really fast like you're in a rocket," said Richter about racing the midget cars.

She is among 79 racers in the Roadrunner Quarter Midget Association's national quarter midget race.

All of the drivers are between five and 16-years-old. Most of the drivers are boys, but organizers say the number of girls interested in the motorsport is growing fast.

"It's really fun. You're adrenaline is pumping and it's really fun," said 14-year-old driver Maggee Miller.

Those who qualify will compete at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

For some this is fueling even bigger dreams to come.

"On the racetrack when I get older I wanna be like Danica Patrick," said Richter