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12/17/2009

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Have you seen pictures of this kid? Some 15-year-olds look older than their years. He doesn't. He looks like a. . . kid. His website -- www.zachveach.com -- invites inquiries about "corporate sponsor partnerships and beneficially creative marketing opportunities." You don't, of course, email Zach but his dad. Sure, a lot of top racing drivers have been guided by their fathers. Lewis Hamilton, his dad always at his shoulder, was 18 when he started in Formula Renault. Michael Andretti didn't start in Formula Vee until he was 22. Obviously, some parents are pushier than others. It leaves a nasty taste to see a young teenager being manipulated as a sales gimmick.

NASCAR's refusale to let Veach race probably has to do with liabilty issues if he were to be injured. I'm sure NASCAR would love to use his age as a marketing gimmick.
In sprintcar racing they are letting many young (14 yr olds) race. These cars are certainly more dagerous per mile than the stock cars.
Eventually this practice will wind in up in court when one of these kids is killed or crippled. It's only a matter of time unfortunatly.It's not inexpereince or lack of ability I'm worried about, as many are very safe and experinced racers, it just that the odds are going to catch up with one of them. It will change racing forever.

It's really all about finding a good "kid" driver who because of his immaturity still thinks he/she is invincible. They will therefore take more chances right to the edge than a mature thinking driver will. Until one of them dies tragically. Then we'll wonder why we let it happen.

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