Sadly we lost a racer this past weekend at the Homer Racing Lion's race track. Luke Mrugala, # 294, ran a Kawasaki in the 85 Novice class and was only 13. Our hearts go out to his family, his brother who also races (# 292), and his friends that he made at the race track.
I have experienced sudden fears which my heart does not know how to respond to when an accident like this almost happens and in this case did happen. Of course I sympathize with his parents, but I wonder how sound the decision to even race is. I have watched my own sons out on the track and I've asked myself repeatedly "How crazy it this to race around so fast? What if one of them got hurt badly?" To think of an accident like what Luke Mrugala had is something most racing Mom's and Dad's don't want to even imagine. Yet, it does happen and did this weekend.
The motto of VE Racing is to "Have Fun! Be Safe!" - at times like this it seems grossly inadequate to protect my sons from the dangers they face - on every race day. My sons are grown - so ultimately to ride like the raging wind is their choice. Even though it is ---I'm still their Mom and those questions won't go away.