The Junior Dragster Eliminator class, for 8yr olds, restricts racers to a minimum 11.90 second run in the 1/8 mile with a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour.
But can an 8 yr old deal with catastrophic failure of brakes? Steering? Tires?
Does it depend on the kid, and are rules unneccessary when kids and parents are willing to risk it all, or, are rules needed to prevent the statistics that doom a sport by possibly making a perception of anything goes lack of safety?