About Jr. Comp Racing
The Junior Comp class is for drivers 14-20 years of age. This exciting new class is designed to complement the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League by giving competitors a faster class with all the standard “Big Car” safety Features. The class is based on an 1/8 mile 6.90 second index at 110 MPH. This provides a natural progression from a Jr. Dragster to the much faster 1/4-mile classes. The Junior Comp class format is a 6.90 heads-up class on a Pro Tree.
The roll-cage, cockpit portion of the chassis is certified to the same specifications as a Super Comp dragster. The same safety equipment including 3" safety harnesses and 2-layer fire suits is required. Drivers in Junior Comp also have to do a standard licensing procedure. The wheelbase may very from 150 inches to 190 inches, which in most cases allows a team to use the same trailer that is used to haul their Jr. Dragster.
Competitors can use a variety of 2-4 cylinder motorcycle engines as power plants. The most common engines used today include the GSXR 1000 Suzuki, the Suzuki Hyabusa, Harley Davidson, and Yamaha snowmobile engines. All of these engines are very economical to maintain.
Since 2005, the Junior Comp class has competed at the Western Conference Finals in Denver, CO, as an official national championship. The winner is awarded a "Wally", NHRA Gold Card and prize money.
What is unique about the Jr Comp Dragster, Once a driver erns a valid state valid state driver's license, he or she can also drive the Junior Comp Dragster as a 1/4 mile E.T. bracket car against drivers of any age. Drivers 16 years or older can also use this car to compete in several NHRA ¼ mile classes . This means a 16 year-old can win a Junior Comp event in the morning and win an E.T. bracket race that same afternoon. Additionally, it means that a driver can continue to compete in this one car for many years - even decades. Other than licensing, there is no reason why parents can't run this car in the 1/4 mile classes as well!
From the Jr. Dragster League to Super Comp!
Just recently, NHRA announced that the Jr. Comp/Mini Dragster powered with a motorcycle engine is now legal to compete in Super Comp.
This allows the format of the Jr. Comp Dragster to deliver incredible value. No other car currently racing in NHRA can create a path from The Jr. Dragster League to being capable of competing at NHRA National Events.
In addition, The Jr. Comp Car/Mini Dragster is a very competitive and cost effective Bracket Car.
The Jr. Comp Car as a true Family Car!
With the Jr. Comp car being legal to compete in Jr. Comp, as well as ET Brackets, The Jr. Comp Car/Mini Dragster easily has the ability to do double duty, allowing a budget minded family to invest in one car capable of doing multiple tasks. We have had many examples where a 16-20 year old driver has competed in both Jr. Comp and ¼ mile ET classes. Younger and older siblings using the same car and even parents and siblings sharing the same car. How many families have parked their bracket cars or the parents wished they could also race, putting aside their desires so they can share our sport with their kids!
The Jr. Comp Car delivers value.