• Aug 30, 2010
Tragic events unfolded at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend when Peter Lenz, 13, was killed after falling off of his motorcycle and being hit by another rider during a warm-up lap.

Ben Spies, who took second place during Sunday's MotoGP event, commented on the unfortunate events:
"I told myself before the race, I was riding my heart out for him today. I've lost a teammate in the past, my best friend. He was at an age at least he knew what he was doing; he obviously loved it. He knew how dangerous it could be."
Lenz was set to compete in a USGPRU series race, which is for riders ages 12 to 18 who would like to gain experience for higher-level competitions like MotoGP. This was the first fatality in the nine-year history of USGPRU. Our condolences go out to Lenz's family and friends.

[Source: The Indianapolis Star | Image: Facebook]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This was was a general quote from Michael Czysz, not specifically related to this accident but it came up in my head as I heard about the accident.

      "The tragedy of death in the pursuit of victory is great - But quality of life in the pursuit of victory is even greater." -Michael Czysz
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate arguing with people who put together STUPID, false arguments.

      "We should also stop kids from riding in cars and school buses, eating grapes, playing on playgrounds, and doing ANYTHING that can POSSIBLY hurt them EVER!"

      Just do me a favor...when you or your kids die doing something stupid... MAKE SURE YOUR NEXT OF KIN GETS IT UP ON YOUTUBE so I can watch your demise.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm guessing English isn't your first language, so I'll forgive the poorly worded sentences and grammar issues.

        However, your premise is completely ridiculous, and you've obviously never done this activity. Should kids not ride dirt bikes? Should parents not allow their children to do anything remotely dangerous until they're 18? Kids all around the world race motorcycles, and play tackle football, ride snowboards, and get hit in the head with baseballs.

        Injuries and, unfortunately deaths do occur, but this is the exception and not a massive indictment on the acceptability of the risk by parents.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What the heck is a 13 yr. old doing in a motorcycle race anyway? If you're not old enough to have a D.L. you're not old enough to be in a race on a motorized machine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      sucks but that's the risk you take.

      He died doing what he loved -- we should all be that lucky. Think about it this way, would you rather go out doing what you love, or laying in a bed covered in your own excrement?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ AnalogDan

        While you have a valid point, you also need to look at the bigger pictures. When was the last time you heard of a teenager dying on a racetrack and in that how many were riding a motorcycle? You may not know what you really want in life at such a young age. However, one knows if they like what they are doing at the time. This child was having fun riding a bike fast around a race track. He enjoyed it and he was very good at it. If you watched some of his interviews, he speaks of his 'adventures' very clearly and shows a passion toward it.

        Every successful motorcycle racer started riding at about the age Peter did or there about. They are now making a living doing something they love. So for you to assume that this child didn't know what he wanted is unfounded.

        This would've been just another crash from which he could've easily walked away except for the fact that he got hit by another bike. Be it him, you, or I was there at that particular time would've made no difference. Peter being a 13 year old had zero to do with the unfortunate incident. I've been following this little guy ripping through traffic in race tracks and he's more capable on a bike than most people I know who are much, much older.

        That said, I fully believe Peter died doing what he loved.

        RIP Peter.
        • 4 Years Ago
        i'm with nicholiservia on this one , this is too dangerous for kids. sure it's fun and exciting and the parents want their kid to become successful , but the risks are not worth it in my opinion. this is not like other sports, one mistake and you're dead, this shouldn't be for kids.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd rather not go out "doing what I love" at age 13. I'm 21 now, and the stuff I liked when I was 13 is nowhere near a priority for me anymore. This kid never even got to figure out if motorcycling was his REAL true passion, because he probably barely tried anything else.
        • 4 Years Ago
        THIS IS SIMPLY RIDICULOUS. There should have been regulations to keep anyone under 18 from participating. AND THEY REALLY WANT TO LET KIDS DRIVE YOUNGER?

        Experience comes with AGE. I don't have a problem with letting kids WATCH experienced drivers drive, but putting them behind the wheel is STUPID STUPID STUPID.

        Remember that kid that shot himself in the head accidentaly when he handled a submachinegun? http://www.shortnews.com/start.cfm?id=74340

        Alot of you anti-government regulation people think you're bucking the system when you let your kids do mature things...all you''re doing is putting their lives on the shelf.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My condolences to the family and friends.

        @nicholiservia
        Age does not equate experience. Experience comes with DOING things, a person doesn't magically become wiser or more experience as they get older. So if people waited until they were 18 to ride a bike, how is that any different from doing it at 13? They both had no experience on riding a bike.

        And it's not like they just let any kid off the street ride a bike. They have to get trained first. And they have to show they UNDERSTAND and RESPECT the rules, which are there for their own safety as well as for others' safety before they are allowed to race.

        The kid made a mistake, it's too bad the price was high in that case. But you can't fault him or anyone at all. Everyone who races or is involved with any organized racing are made aware of all the risks and are supposed to be prepared.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can't really argue with you AnalogDan. At 13 you have no idea what you love. Mommie wants to enter her daughter in kiddie pageants and Daddy wants his little boy to play football and race motorcycles. Sad when it results in death.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nicholiservia, I take it you don't know much about motorsports. All these elite level riders and drivers, they've been doing it since they could barely walk! I know many of these motorcycle racers have been on a motorcycle since they were 3-4 years old.

        The youngest F1 drivers are 20-21 years old. Do you think they started racing at 18 and somehow made it to the highest level of motorsports in 2-3 years? No, they've been racing karts probably since they were 6 years old.
        • 4 Years Ago
        nicholiservia you're right. We should also stop kids from riding in cars and school buses, eating grapes, playing on playgrounds, and doing ANYTHING that can POSSIBLY hurt them EVER! They should be locked indoors and allowed to do nothing but read books on a Kindle (because paper cuts hurt).

        Gotta love people who favor regulation by anecdote rather than regulation by data. Motorsports are statistically safe for kids. Get a grip. I hope you're never in a position of power over other human beings.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You dont have a clue to what your talking about. This mother and father has lost their child. The little person she carried inside her for nine months, rocked, fed, cared for when sick. I lost my daughter 19 years ago and you NEVER get over that. They will never see him graduate, go to colledge, marry, or the grandchildren he would have given them. So I guess your saying him having a little fun was worth that. Obviously you have no children.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Let me rephrase that more simply:

        A 13 year old is in no position to decide what it is they'd like to die doing, just like they're in no position to decide they'd like to get a particular woman pregnant and spend the rest of their life with her. These aren't decisions a child should be making.

        Sorry to be the wet blanket here. I'm not against children doing risky things, in fact, children learning risks is necessary for them to develop into well-rounded adults, I just think racing at this level at such a young age is unnecessary. Whatever happened to young kids racing go karts or other less-lethal, 4-wheeled vehicles??
      • 4 Years Ago
      TRAGIC!
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is Really Really Sad. Sucks to see anyone in the sport go, triply so when it's someone this young.

        RIP lil rider.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What about the poor kid that hit him? He now has to carry that around. At under 18, is it fair to set him up with that kind of dread and misery, just because you think it is cool for your kid to race? Horrible parenting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        On the Warm Up Lap?! wtf Dammn THIS SUCKS!
        God be with you my friend, thank you for your courage
        Glory Durham
        • 4 Years Ago
        so sorry for the young mans family.our prayers are with you. my your son rest in peace.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry about the kid, but for his parents, what do you expect? You are letting your child compete in a deadly and dangerous sport. Congratulations!!! He rode a mean bike!!! How proud you must be as PARENTS!!!!!!!
      Pat
      • 4 Years Ago
      His family and friends must be heartsick. Prayers and condolences to them all. May he rest in peace. God grant everyone involved wisdom, grace, and peace in handling this great loss. Amen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      RIP Pete

      I used to visit the Colin Edwards forum where his dad is also a member and posted updates on Pete's races and career, he was a very talented kid
      BIG DADDY
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems a bit strange that children can participate in organized activities involving what would otherise be illegal. Driving and speeding. Motor sports obviously involve a lot of skill, but equating it with sport has always seemed a stretch to me. Usually when parents allow their children to engage in potentially life threatening behavior, CPS is called. Sure, one can get hurt or killed doing a lot of things, but to compare driving a motorized vehicle as fast as a child can, with playing baseball is a bit of a stretch. Why not let a child do meth if he could also get hurt riding a bicycle. Pretzel logic and hopeless rationalization.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I read a comment that one mother told her son - "not to worry about us being in debt, if you want to quit, then quit". Well I think that just puts more pressure on them to keep on racing.

      Racing since he was 5, hell I was barely riding a 2 wheel bike at that age. These kids see something and irresponsible parents get it for them. The dad that said his kid died doing what he wants is now making funeral arrangements for him and I damn well guarantee you that he's now wishing he had never bought him that 1st bike!
      • 4 Years Ago
      When I was in high school there was a kid whose parents would not let him take after school woodshop 'cause they were too afraid. This was a fully supervised extra credit coures. Any the father wanted him to be a jock so bad he forced the kid to join track and field. Two mounths later the kid was dead, some other kid acedentally put a javalin thru him!
      You can't hide from life's dangers, learn to deal with them and be better prepared.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WOW THAT IS Y DORKS R NOT RACERS ,,,RACING IS IN YOUR BLOOD AND IF U R A CACER U KNOW . TEAM SPORTS . WHAT A JOKE . FOOT BALL WHAT IS THE DEATH RATE ON THAT ???
      TERRY
      • 4 Years Ago
      MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD REALLY THINK AND ASK IS THE CHANCE OR RISKING DEATH TO A CHILD , ENOUGH TO STOP AND REVISE THE AGE AND AT LEAST BE OF AGE TO HAVE A DRIVERS LICENCE TO QUALIFY TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SPORT
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TERRY
        Maybe someone should really think about your ability to put together a coherent sentence and ban you from posting.

        All elite athletes you see today got to where they are today because they became involved at young ages. That's what differentiates the top athletes from the Average Joe. By artificially limiting the entry age into a specific sport, you are only limiting the talent from shining and performing.
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