Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Peter Lenz Crash


The death of 13-year-old motorcycle racer Peter Lenz yesterday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway raises the question: How young is too young for kids participating in inherently dangerous motorsports?

It is also sure to fuel debate over how motorsports sanctioning groups balance risk and entertainment when putting together programs (like Sunday’s races) that combine amateur and professional events.

Lenz was riding a warm-up lap at the Indianapolis track when he fell off his motorcycle and was run over by another competitor. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead a few hours later. Officials said the cause of death was blunt force trauma. Lenz had been getting ready for the day’s first race, an event for junior riders that was part of the run-up to a professional Moto GP race.

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