You want more participation you will have to go out and get it. Who here cares about new young drivers coming into the sport enough to put forth the energy to make it happen? Like parity this is an old conversation, though without quite the interest that the parity debate has. But what I see is a bunch of adults that say they enjoy the young drivers but they demonstrate something else entirely. We don't make them feel welcome, we belittle them and express our fear of driving with them. We resent how fast they are and can't imagine them beating us without it being due to dads check book or a creative motor builder.
In short.......if we really wanted them here, they would be here. So how bad do you want it?
I will agree and disagree at the same time. Those like you and I James who love to see the kids excel and mature in front of our eyes are at one end of the spectrum. There are much fewer at the other end. But who's in the middle and how they feel often depends on the young driver and his/her support group. My tips!
Never good if a young driver/family isolate themselves.
Never good if a young driver makes poor decisions and drives over his head early on.
Never good if a young driver when caught up in incidents that are his fault(or a larger percentage)does not own his share of the responsibility. For that matter when its not his fault...always seek out the other driver.
Worse yet when a father(usually)does not let a young driver speak for himself and on his own(exceptions but this earns a lot of respect form adults). These kids are in a big boy sport and they need to learn how to manage.
Never good if a young driver cant win or lose with a smile and grace(and NO EXCUSES). There are enough adult jackasses out there...no one wants to deal with a young driver who is!
Lastly...the most disgusting thing that penetrates our hobby is the jealousy factor from some. We live in a society where we are bombarded with "lifestyles of the rich and famous". Its one thing if a young driver/support group flaunts or walks around with some sense of entitlement...if so shame on them. But when others hold some sort of resentment or grudge...against a young driver who by for no reason other than simple being a product of a successful family...I feel sad for how miserable you must be. Our youth deserve to have role models that aren't attached to $$$
BTW...all this can be said about the 35yr old rookie as well
We should all be opening up with open arms to those next generations in hopes they will follow our lead. As much as narcissism has permeated our society and it would seem it is all about "me me" I for one am doing my best to fight this.
2014 NASA SM Western States Champion(Car owner)
2015 NASA 25HR E3 Champion(Car owner)
2016 NASA 25HR E3 Champion(Car owner)
2017 NASA NORCAL SM Series Director