Cheryl Hryn, a Grundy County Speedway common and race-car driver from Blue Island who just lately has shifted her focus to youngsters’ occasions, is working to deliver racing as a sport to native excessive colleges.
She’s performed this by contacting the High School Racing Association, a corporation out of Madison, Wisconsin, which already had run races in Sycamore and Macon, south of Decatur.
Hryn stated she’s been working by this concept since beginning the back-to-school backpack giveaways she’s performed on the race observe a number of instances, and the Excessive College Racing Affiliation already has different tracks on board.
It really works like this: College students provide and work on their very own automobiles to take part in as much as six races a yr, whether or not on the Grundy County Speedway or one other observe within the area.
College students can earn factors from there to qualify for native, regional and nationwide championships.
“I went to the awards ceremony final yr as a result of my granddaughter was graduating from there, and it actually hit me how a lot Morris and the [Grundy Area Vocational Center] pushes behind these youngsters to get them to discover a profession,” Hryn stated. “After I noticed automotive on the checklist of lessons, I used to be similar to, ‘Actually?’ “
Hryn stated she’s had productive conversations with individuals from the GAVC, Morris Excessive College and Romeoville, and her Fb posts checking for curiosity have obtained loads of traction.
She’s taking a look at between 20 and 25 college students , however she isn’t certain the place that quantity will find yourself as soon as it will get nearer to a season subsequent yr. She spoke with Gregg McKarns, who’s concerned with the Excessive College Racing Affiliation and was on the town selling one other race final July.
“I advised him I actually wish to do that, and if I might get this off the bottom I’d want his blessing,” Hryn stated. “So I put some feelers on the market to a few mother teams and city teams I’m in.”
Hryn has used Fb to garner curiosity and has seen success, drawing extra consideration as a Excessive College Racing Affiliation division on the Grundy County Speedway turns into a actuality.
Highschool scholar racers would compete in opposition to different highschool college students in a six-cylinder engine division, which Hryn stated she hopes may have two branches.
“It’ll be one division with two branches,” Hryn stated. “One division shall be for top schoolers and the opposite will be for anyone, together with the excessive schoolers in the event that they wish to race on these days.”
Any highschool scholar fascinated with racing ought to go to highschoolracing.org for info.