Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The 60mph 8-year-old

Logan Cook is probably a better driver than you, and he's 8.

And unless your car can clear 60mph in 1/8 of a mile, he certainly accelerates a lot faster than you.

In fact, he drives an eighth of a mile in roughly 13 seconds, approaching 60 miles per hour in his very own dragster. Logan participates in the Midwest Junior Super Series, and Saturday competed in the Junior Dragster Buckeye Open at National Trail Raceway. After waiting out the 5 hour rain delay with friends and fellow racers, Logan suited up while dad tuned the $6,000 car. Logan raced in the 12.90 division, where to goal is to complete the eighth mile run in as close to 12.90 seconds as possible, without running faster than that time. When asked what goes through his 8 year-old brain while waiting for the green light, he simply answered "Win!".

I followed Logan a bit, but also shot some of the other racers. A lot more girls participated than I would have expected. One told me it's because there aren't too many sports where they can be just as competitive as the boys when they are between the ages of 8 and 17.

Photos © Jason Lenhart

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