Youth offenders who serve as firefighters at Pine Grove YCC were able to spend a recent Saturday learning how to handle a race car.

Youth offenders who serve as firefighters at Pine Grove YCC were able to spend a recent Saturday learning how to handle a race car.

By Omar Hill, Youth Correctional Counselor
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

Rehabilitation not only includes teaching offenders reading, writing and arithmetic, but also how to appropriately interact with others in healthy social settings.

To this end, the guys at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp were recently able to enjoy a day of race car driving.

PG racing 1Eighteen of the top phase firefighters were able to spend a day at K1 Speedway in Sacramento. Once inside, they were asked to register themselves. This proved a challenging task as they are more accustomed to operating chainsaws and cutting line than operating a mouse. The process took a little bit of time to master.

After that tedious task, the youth were taken to a room and made aware of the rules of the race track. Once that was done, they were split up into two racing groups, provided a yellow head mask and got fitted for their helmets. Each guy was given a race car with a correspondent number. These were then used to track their times on each lap and their placement in the group.

After 28 laps, separated by 14 laps each session, the victors from the groups were:

Group One
1st Jason 41.036
2nd Magdaleno 41.187
3rd Anthony 41.448

Group Two
1st Daniel 38.42
2nd Gabriel 38.65
3rd Robert 38.63

An awards ceremony was held after the race and then they rounded out their day with lunch.

PG racing group