It was March 2010 and Lance Fenderson was age 8. While most kids were kicking soccer balls or playing with Star Wars charactes, Lance was hitting 70 mph in his go-kart at the Florida Winter Tour, practicing the sport he'd taken up at age 5.
Tucked behind another racer, foot flat to the floor, Lance attempted to make a pass. At that moment, the leading kart lost grip and slid sideways. Lance clipped the kart’s exposed rear wheel, causing him to rocket skywards, up and over — flipping his go-kart at highway speeds. Lance’s father, Troy, watched in horror as his son flew through the air, while his mom, Christine, waited by the phone at home taking care of their infant son, Luke.
Luckily, Lance was fine, albeit shook up and sporting a fat lip. His race helmet, too, had a nasty chip on the front: “My dad and I immediately went to the store to buy a new helmet so we could make the next session,” Lance, now 11, told me. “The crash definitely made me feel a little nervous about what could happen, and it maybe affected me for a bit, but I’m fine now. I’ve seen worse.”
By Monday, Lance was back at school with his friends.Read More »from Racing to the future, an 11-year-old finds grown-up drive, risks