Tire Rack Street Survival Partners with IndyCar Driver Scott Goodyear to Save America's Youth GREER, S.C. (February 20, 2009) -- Scott Goodyear, veteran IndyCar driver and expert race analyst, today announced his partnership with Tire Rack...
Tire Rack Street Survival Partners with IndyCar Driver Scott Goodyear to Save America's Youth
GREER, S.C. (February 20, 2009) -- Scott Goodyear, veteran IndyCar driver and expert race analyst, today announced his partnership with Tire Rack Street Survival, a national non-profit teen driving program.Every year more than 5,000 American youths ages 16 - 20 die behind the wheel. Nation-wide, a teen dies in a traffic crash an average of once an hour on weekends and nearly once every two hours during the week. That means every week more than 100 families will lose a child.
In order to lower that number and call attention to outdated and ineffective driver education programs, Scott Goodyear will share his expertise and knowledge as a professional driver with teen drivers enrolled in select Tire Rack Street Survival programs across the country.
With more than 25 years experience racing at 240mph, Goodyear still finds driving on the road with inexperienced teens frightening. When it came time to teach his teenage son how to drive and prepare for unexpected events on the road, Goodyear chose to enroll him in Tire Rack Street Survival. Goodyear's full support came shortly after his son successfully avoided an accident after executing a maneuver he learned from Tire Rack Street Survival instructors.
"Usually the first time a young driver has their car skid or slide underneath them, they're on their way to their first accident," Goodyear said.
Tire Rack Street Survival teaches teens the skills they need to stay alive behind the wheel. Unlike traditional high school driver education programs based on classroom theory and simple maneuvers, the Tire Rack Street Survival program improves driver competence through hands-on experiences in real-world driving situations. Teenagers learn from knowledgeable enthusiast driving coaches how their actions govern a car's responses, what the limits of their vehicles are, and how to avoid accidents entirely.b^0x001cWe are grateful to have Scott Goodyear support Tire Rack Street Survival," said Matt Edmonds, Vice President of Tire Rack. "His expertise and knowledge of advanced driving techniques will prove to be invaluable in educating and preserving America's most precious resource: our youth."
"Few people realize driving is one of the most dangerous things they do," said Bill Wade, National Program Manager, Tire Rack Street Survival. b^0x001cA car traveling at just four mph has more energy than a bullet. That's a lot of responsibility," he added.
Working with regional members of the BMW Car Club of America, Sports Car Club of America, and other like-minded enthusiast organizations, Tire Rack Street Survival utilizes local enthusiast volunteers to support a national program.
One-day Tire Rack Street Survival classes are typically held on weekends in cities and towns across the country, and are open to permitted and licensed drivers ages 16 - 21. The cost is $60 per student and some insurance companies offer premium discounts to graduates. 1,555 students participated in 72 schools in 2008. In 2009, 80 classes are planned with more to come. To find a program in your area, click on www.streetsurvival.org or call 864.329.1919.About Tire Rack Street Survival
Formed by the BMW Car Club of America Foundation (www.bmwccafoundation.org), the Tire Rack Street Survival safe teen driving program (www.streetsurvival.org) was launched in April 2002.JTire Rack Street Survival is built upon the premise that 'safe driving is learned by doing', and teaches students to avoid accidents by thinking and looking ahead. Tire Rack Street Survival is unique in that it offers students instruction in their own cars so that they learn the limitations of themselves in their every day vehicle.
About Tire Rack
Tire Rack, headquartered in South Bend, Indiana, is America's largest independent tire tester and consumer-direct source for tires, wheels and performance accessories. A family-owned and operated company since 1979, its support of Tire Rack Street Survival is reflective of its deep commitment to creating a new generation of safe drivers. Visit them online at www.tirerack.com.
Founded in 1944, Sports Car Club of America, Inc. is a 50,000 member motorsports organization that incorporates all facets of autocross, rally and road racing at both club and professional levels. It annually sanctions over 2,000 events through its 114 regions and professional subsidiary. Landmark events and series for the Club include the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Championships; the Club Racing National Championship Runoffs; and The Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships and ProSolo Championship. For more information, please visit www.scca.com.