RAPS 2020 / 2021 Season Junior Race League
Our youth racing league, known as “RAPS,” for Raleigh Area Public Safety Racing League, has been operating at Rush Hour since 2007. It was originally formed by Members of our local First Responder’s community.
RAPS Racing League is an Arrive and Drive karting league for drivers age 8 to 14 years old. RAPS is considered a teaching league with emphasis on good technique and sportsmanship. RAPS runs a racing league during “the season,” which runs from October through March and then offers classes and open practice sessions during the “off season,” which runs from April through September.
Kart Handling Class
To be eligible to participate in any RAPS Youth event, a driver must complete a RAPS kart handling class. The class is typically taught on a Saturday and runs from 0830 through 1230. The kart handling class costs $99.
Registration for the RAPS Youth League begins each August and runs through the second week in September or when available slots are filled. To register for the league, a driver’s parent must complete the registration form, read and sign the Parent Code of Conduct, and pay a $40 registration fee. The league consists of one mandatory practice, six individual points races, two optional practices, and one team endurance race. In addition to the $40 registration fee, drivers must also pay a $50 “track fee” to RushHour Karting the day of each event. The one exception to this rule is the start of season mandatory practice does not have a track fee. The total cost of the league if a driver is new to the league would be $589. The breakdown of this total cost is below.
New League Driver Cost
Kart Handling Class: $99
League Registration: $40
Mandatory Practice: $00
(Six) Points Races: $300
(Two) Optional Practices: $100
One Endurance Race: $50
The RAPS youth program is a teaching league. There are no financial rewards to the RAPS league and the financial cost to participate is minimal for a motorsport. We do not believe “rubbing is racing” and we do not believe that the fastest driver deserves to win. Motorsports, like life, has instances of success and failure. Some successes come from a lot of preparation and hard work; however, sometimes success comes from happenstance. In contrast, a driver can do everything right and still lose a race. Through both outcomes, drivers have the opportunity to develop proper technique, strategy, perseverance, and good sportsmanship.