Well this was our 3rd race weekend at the Kart Track in Punta Gorda Florida and the improvement by myself and my son has been greatly improving week by week. He is now at the speed that he is mixing it up midpack which is great. Unfortunately one of the kids were a little aggressive (not just with him but with a couple of other drivers as well) which is fine theyare all out there learning and track officials do a good job policing them as best they can. I am a firefighter paramedic in the same county as the track and his mom is an ER nurse so safety is one thing we obviously did not skimp on and I am glad of it. He was run off the track and hit one of the tires that protect the field from the concrete light poles hard enough it broke the body in 4 different areas and the seat broke as well. The 2 track offials said that was 100% the hardest hit they have ever seen there. Luckily he was wearing a chest protector because the steering wheel caught him as he flew foreword. He did bruise his chest and his side where the seat broke. All in all he is ok just very sore which is to be expected ( and his excuse to stay home from school today so he could watch the race LOL). But please help to remind the kids and adults we are all out there for fun and please use all safety equipment that is available whether its mandated for your class or not. Had he not been wearing the chest protector this would have been a very serious situation. Some of the people in his class dont wear them because its not mandated for JR3 but I have no doubt he will wear one for as long as he is in Karts. And I cannot not express enough how other kids and parents and official came to check on him after it was all over it really shows the class of people that are apart of this sport. He might be a little timid next race but he is already chomping at the bit to get out there, and neither can I.