F1 Boston Launches Race School for Kids During April Vacation

Youngsters Now Get a Chance at the Thrills Their Parents Have Raved About



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from F1 Boston

    BRAINTREE, Mass., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- F1 Boston, New England's only
 indoor racing facility, announced today that it is launching the region's
 first comprehensive racing camp for children during school vacation week.
 The Junior Race School program will consist of three mornings of training,
 driving and racing at the facility between April 16-20.  At the end of the
 program, the young drivers will be awarded F1 Novice Junior licenses, enabling
 them to participate in the new F1 Junior League.
     The camp, like the new Junior League, will feature competitions in age
 groups of 8-11, 12-14 and 15-17.
     "We hear from moms and dads all the time about how exciting racing at F1
 is, and they tell us their kids really want to try this.  The parents have
 indicated a lot of support," said Richard J. Valentine, founder of F1 Boston.
     The program was developed and will be directed by Karen Quast, a former
 school teacher who has competed in kart racing over the past several years and
 is now director of sales and marketing at F1 Boston.
     "Aside from learning great driving skills, this will be a terrific
 educational experience for the youngsters," said Quast, who has a master's
 degree in education.  "The program teaches sportsmanship, respect for rules,
 self-reliance and builds confidence.  It also helps develop coordination, a
 sense of timing, and the ability to plan ahead.  This is an exciting activity
 that can really make a positive difference in a young person's life."
     She noted that many of the skills developed in the camp and in the league
 will pay dividends when the participants drivers get their regular driving
 permits and licenses.
     Special karts for youngsters will be used, but like the versions used by
 adults, they are modeled after Formula 1 racers and are far more sophisticated
 than the ordinary go-karts.  (Virtually all Formula 1 drivers trained as
 youngsters in karts and continued to practice on them during their careers.)
 Participants also will be outfitted in professional racing attire and safety
 helmets.
     Quast said the karts are extremely safe, with low centers of gravity, and
 professionals will be on hand to teach all aspects of safe karting and to
 preside over the driving.
     "The kids will learn about every aspect of safe karting, beginning with
 the meanings of the course flags and how the kart works and ending with how to
 race safely.  There will be careful training at every step.  On the final day,
 the students will participate in a Mini-Grand Prix with the top three
 finishers receiving trophies and all students getting awards and licenses for
 future competitions," said Quast.
     The cost of the program is $300 per student.  All equipment, including
 racing uniforms, helmets and neck braces, will be provided by F1 Boston.  Soda
 and snack breaks and a voucher for lunch each day at F1's Ascari Cafe are
 included.  Parents are welcome to join the children for lunch.  A photo-taking
 opportunity for parents will also be organized on the last day of the course.
     Students can sign up for a Monday, Wednesday, Friday program or a Tuesday,
 Thursday and Friday program during school vacation week.  They are expected to
 arrive at the course at 8:30 a.m. with instruction beginning at 9:00 a.m. and
 ending at noon, followed by lunch.
     The Junior League will race on alternating Saturdays, with schools being
 held on the odd Saturdays of the month and racing events on the even
 Saturdays.  Once the Junior League is under way, program participants can earn
 full Junior Competition Licenses by participating in six league or race
 events.  Participation in the Mini-Grand Prix at the end of the school week
 training program will count toward the six-race requirement.
     To enroll a child in the F1 Boston Junior Race School during school
 vacation week or for a Saturday program, please call Melissa Dowling at 781-
 228-2005.
 
     About F1 Boston
     The F1 Boston center is part of Karting America, LLC, a subsidiary of The
 MBA Group of companies, a 30-year-old group of 18 businesses that includes oil
 and gas drilling; real estate; database marketing; the Massachusetts Business
 Association, a small-business advocate; and LCF Associates, an early leader in
 professional investigations for legal, financial and corporate affairs. For
 further details on F1 Boston functions or corporate information, call 781-848-
 2300 or visit the company Web site at http://www.f1boston.com
 
     CONTACT:
      Ann Dufresne
      781-792-2700
      adufresne@getpress.com
 
 

SOURCE F1 Boston
    BRAINTREE, Mass., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- F1 Boston, New England's only
 indoor racing facility, announced today that it is launching the region's
 first comprehensive racing camp for children during school vacation week.
 The Junior Race School program will consist of three mornings of training,
 driving and racing at the facility between April 16-20.  At the end of the
 program, the young drivers will be awarded F1 Novice Junior licenses, enabling
 them to participate in the new F1 Junior League.
     The camp, like the new Junior League, will feature competitions in age
 groups of 8-11, 12-14 and 15-17.
     "We hear from moms and dads all the time about how exciting racing at F1
 is, and they tell us their kids really want to try this.  The parents have
 indicated a lot of support," said Richard J. Valentine, founder of F1 Boston.
     The program was developed and will be directed by Karen Quast, a former
 school teacher who has competed in kart racing over the past several years and
 is now director of sales and marketing at F1 Boston.
     "Aside from learning great driving skills, this will be a terrific
 educational experience for the youngsters," said Quast, who has a master's
 degree in education.  "The program teaches sportsmanship, respect for rules,
 self-reliance and builds confidence.  It also helps develop coordination, a
 sense of timing, and the ability to plan ahead.  This is an exciting activity
 that can really make a positive difference in a young person's life."
     She noted that many of the skills developed in the camp and in the league
 will pay dividends when the participants drivers get their regular driving
 permits and licenses.
     Special karts for youngsters will be used, but like the versions used by
 adults, they are modeled after Formula 1 racers and are far more sophisticated
 than the ordinary go-karts.  (Virtually all Formula 1 drivers trained as
 youngsters in karts and continued to practice on them during their careers.)
 Participants also will be outfitted in professional racing attire and safety
 helmets.
     Quast said the karts are extremely safe, with low centers of gravity, and
 professionals will be on hand to teach all aspects of safe karting and to
 preside over the driving.
     "The kids will learn about every aspect of safe karting, beginning with
 the meanings of the course flags and how the kart works and ending with how to
 race safely.  There will be careful training at every step.  On the final day,
 the students will participate in a Mini-Grand Prix with the top three
 finishers receiving trophies and all students getting awards and licenses for
 future competitions," said Quast.
     The cost of the program is $300 per student.  All equipment, including
 racing uniforms, helmets and neck braces, will be provided by F1 Boston.  Soda
 and snack breaks and a voucher for lunch each day at F1's Ascari Cafe are
 included.  Parents are welcome to join the children for lunch.  A photo-taking
 opportunity for parents will also be organized on the last day of the course.
     Students can sign up for a Monday, Wednesday, Friday program or a Tuesday,
 Thursday and Friday program during school vacation week.  They are expected to
 arrive at the course at 8:30 a.m. with instruction beginning at 9:00 a.m. and
 ending at noon, followed by lunch.
     The Junior League will race on alternating Saturdays, with schools being
 held on the odd Saturdays of the month and racing events on the even
 Saturdays.  Once the Junior League is under way, program participants can earn
 full Junior Competition Licenses by participating in six league or race
 events.  Participation in the Mini-Grand Prix at the end of the school week
 training program will count toward the six-race requirement.
     To enroll a child in the F1 Boston Junior Race School during school
 vacation week or for a Saturday program, please call Melissa Dowling at 781-
 228-2005.
 
     About F1 Boston
     The F1 Boston center is part of Karting America, LLC, a subsidiary of The
 MBA Group of companies, a 30-year-old group of 18 businesses that includes oil
 and gas drilling; real estate; database marketing; the Massachusetts Business
 Association, a small-business advocate; and LCF Associates, an early leader in
 professional investigations for legal, financial and corporate affairs. For
 further details on F1 Boston functions or corporate information, call 781-848-
 2300 or visit the company Web site at http://www.f1boston.com
 
     CONTACT:
      Ann Dufresne
      781-792-2700
      adufresne@getpress.com
 
 SOURCE  F1 Boston