NHRA Youth and Education Services®
NHRA Youth and Education Services®
NHRA is an acronym for National Hot Rod Association. Founded in 1951, the company was originally created as a means of getting hot-rodders off the streets and into a safer environment. Today, the NHRA is the world’s largest motorsports sanctioning body and the foremost promoter of drag racing in the world! It entertains millions of racing fans per year, with the fastest and most spectacular form of entertainment on wheels. The NHRA’s premier racing series features 24 national championship events each year.
The NHRA Youth & Education Services (YES) Program was founded in 1989. It is the only full-time education program in motorsports that provides quality programs and activities for schools and youth organizations nationwide. Not only is the YES Program FREE, it focuses on the importance of goals and continued education, while allowing students to learn about and explore various career opportunities. The program will show students how S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is applied to both, real world situations and NHRA Drag Racing, which they will have the opportunity to see live at the track!
2024 NHRA Mission Drag RACING SERIES YES PROGRAM SCHEDULE
March 8- NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville, FL
March 22- Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals Pomona, CA
April 5- NHRA Arizona Nationals Phoenix, AZ
April 12- NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Las Vegas, NV
April 15- Career Day at the Racetrack Maize, KS (Virtual Program)
April 26- Circle K NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Charlotte, NC
May 17- Gerber Collision & Glass NHRA Route 66 Nationals Joliet, IL
May 17- Canadian National Open Cayuga, ON (Virtual Program)
May 31- NHRA New England Nationals Epping, NH
June 7- NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, TN
June 21- Virginia NHRA Nationals Dinwiddie, VA (Virtual Program)
June 28- Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Norwalk, OH (Virtual Program)
July 12- TBD (Virtual Program)
July 19- Flav-R-Pac NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle, WA (Virtual Program)
July 26- DENSO NHRA Sonoma Nationals Sonoma, CA (Virtual Program)
August 16- Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, MN (Virtual Program)
August. 30- Dodge Power Brokers NHRA U.S. Nationals Indianapolis, Indiana
Sept. 13- Pep Boys NHRA Nationals Reading, Pennsylvania
Sept. 20- betway NHRA Carolina Nationals Charlotte, North Carolina
Sept. 27- NHRA Midwest Nationals, Madison, Illinois
Oct. 11- Texas NHRA FallNationals, Dallas, Texas
Nov. 1- NHRA Nevada Nationals, Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov. 14- In-N-Out Burger NHRA Finals, Pomona, California (Thursday Program)
Virtual Y.E.S. Program
This virtual YES Program curriculum will show students how S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is applied to both, real-world situations and NHRA Drag Racing. After completion of this digital program, all participating students are eligible to receive a free ticket to attend an upcoming NHRA National Event in person.
To gain access to the NHRA Virtual YES Program Supplemental Videos, please enter your email address and the passcode that was given to you upon completion of the Virtual YES Program. This Passcode can be found at either the “Thank You Screen” or in the email that was sent to you called “NHRA Virtual Youth & Education Services Program Certificate of Completion”
If you do not have your passcode or have not yet completed the Virtual Youth & Education Services Program, you can do so by going to nhra.com/virtualyesprogram.
Supplemental Video Library
NHRA Launch Motorsports Careers
Modern Day Shop Tour
The Devil is in the Details
The Evolution of Technology in the Automotive Industry
Downforce & Wings
Details coming soon.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does Y.E.S. Program mean? Yes Program stands for Youth and Education Services Program.
How do I sign-up? Educators can click on the SIGN UP tab above and submit the online registration form. Once the educator signs up, he or she will receive an email with a link for student and chaperone registration.
How far in advance do I need to sign-up? You may sign-up all the way until the day of the event. NHRA will also provide iPads on-site, to register last minute additions, bus drivers and chaperones. However, doing the online registration ahead of time will expedite the process.
Who should attend? All students are welcome, including, but not limited to; middle schools, high schools, colleges and tech schools. The science behind drag racing can be applied to multiple subjects: Automotive, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Art/Graphic design, Sports Medicine, Marketing, Business, Hospitality, and etc....
How long is the event? Students must arrive between 9 and 10:30am. The program lasts approximately 90 minutes, and then you have the opportunity to watch Championship Drag Racing and walk through the pits for as long as you like.
What do I need to bring? Nothing is REQUIRED, but we do suggest sunscreen, hats, and earplugs.
How much does the program cost? This is a FREE program; however, NHRA does not provide transportation or lunches.
What food options will there be?: Multiple concession stands will be open for students to purchase lunch. No food is provided by the NHRA. Concessions range from $6 - $12 per item.
Who is racing and when?: Please go to www.nhra.com and click on the event you are attending for that event's specific race schedule. Make sure to click on the box below for the full race schedule that day.
Conduct:: Please conduct yourself and advise your students to behave in a respectful manner to all NHRA staff, security, and event workers. We suggest 1 chaperone per 15 students.
Waiver Forms: Upon signing up, please read ALL of the directions. Every participant must fill out their waiver form online. This is your waiver form and your ticket to enter the YES program.
Full Lesson Plan (link)
Science - Acceleration (link)
Technology - Precision Precisely! (link)
Engineering - Innovation and Safety (link)
Math - Calculate the Win Part 1 (link)
Math - Calculate the Win Part 2 (link)
Language Arts - Let the Race Begin Part 1 (link)
Language Arts - Let the Race Begin Part 2 (link)
Business- Behind the Scenes (link)
Top Fuel Rubber Band Dragster
Great American Dragster Derby Lesson Plan (link)
For more information visit AeroRacers.com
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NHRA Sports Science
How a Top Fuel Dragster Works
Sr. Marketing Services Youth & Education Manager
National Hot Rod Association
140 Via Verde, Suite 100
San Dimas, CA 91773
Office: 626-250-2372 (PST)