Legendary Pomona Fairplex Will Welcome B.R.A.K.E.S. Program in March

The historic Los Angeles County Fairplex in Pomona, CA has been called the “Birthplace

of Drag Racing” and twice a year, the National Hot Rod Association takes center stage there with two prestigious national events on their professional Mello Yello schedule.

On March 7th and 8th, the Fairplex will open its gates for another important automotive event, but this time it will be a two-day Teen Pro-Active Driving School provided by B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And

Keep Everyone Safe).

The Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools are offered to young motorists and their parents which emphasize concentration, conscientiousness, and car control in a driving environment where distractions and loss of focus have contributed to numerous traffic accidents across the country. The program is free of charge and over 10,000 teenagers have completed the life-saving course since its creation in 2008.

“Having won drag racing national events and four Top Fuel championships, I have a special connection to the Fairplex,” says B.R.A.K.E.S. founder and popular racing veteran Doug Herbert.

“Whenever we return there for one of our Teen Pro-Active Driving Schools, the turnout is always great, the teenagers and parents who complete the schools come away with a much greater degree of driving competence and confidence, and reduce their chances of making a careless mistake behind the wheel that could lead to tragedy.”   

Herbert knows in a personal way how tragedy can strike when a young driver makes an avoidable mistake. His two adolescent sons, Jon and James, were both killed in a devastating head-on collision six years ago not far from their North Carolina home which led to Herbert and a group of his sons’ classmates bringing together the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

“Our program always requires parents to take the schools with their kids,” says Herbert. “We think that kind of shared experience gives the entire family a much better support system and bridges the Generation Gap when it comes to becoming safer drivers.”

Please register online at www.putonthebrakes.org and a confirmation will be sent to you (requesting a $99 refundable check to hold your spot).  Classes usually fill up fast so register now to insure a place for your teenager(s).

Dusty Brandel

President of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association, Inc. Worked with Mike Hollander since Tapsis, Compuserve, etc. and has posted to the website since the beginning. First Female photo-journalist to be given a garage and pit pass for the NASCAR garage, 1972 at Ontario Motor Speedway. One of first seven female writers, photographers given access to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway garage and pits in 1971. Past President of Greater Los Angeles Press Club, 1992-96, and first female editor of the 8-Ball publication for the Press Club

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