What is Quarter Midget Racing? ~ Quarter Midget Racing is a family oriented sport that involves racing designed specifically for kids ages 5 to 16. The racing environment is about children and family. The racing is divided into many different classes based on age, skill level and motor type. Quarter Midget tracks are approx. 1/20 of a mile.
What is a Quarter Midget? ~ A Quarter Midget car is a scaled-down version of an actual midget racer, approximately 1/4 scale. The cars are built around a tubular frame and are fully suspended with springs or torsion bars and shocks. The bodies are fiberglass, usually painted to the drivers preference. Surrounding the driver is a chrome-moly roll cage and nerf bars. The engines are single cylinder and are manufactured by Honda, Continental, Briggs & Stratton, and Deco. In the motors stock configuration they produce between 2.5 & 4 horse power. Modifications in the upper classes allow these engines to reach several times the stock horse power. These air-cooled 4-cycle engines are reliable and can produce as much as 10,000 rpm's in their more highly modified forms.
Is this just a local sport? ~ The Terre Haute Quarter Midget Association (THQMA) is based at the Hulman Mini-Speedway at 13th & Lockport in Terre Haute where local events are held. But, THQMA is a member of Quarter Midgets of America (QMA) which is a national non-profit organization with over 2,500 family memberships and 4,000 drivers. There are 50+ Quarter Midget Clubs nationwide divided into 13 regions. Therefore, drivers can participate in both Regional and National events.
What about safety? ~ Safety is a top priority at all QMA events. The national organization is constantly reviewing and evaluating safety rules and regulations to ensure that Quarter Midget racing remains a safe competitive sport. While pileups, bumps and flips occur, there has never been serious injury. This is a result of a comprehensive safety program that mandates many safety procedures and equipment. Roll cages, race clothing, helmets, gloves, neck braces, arm restraints, and safety harnesses are required for all drivers.
What are some of the benefits of Quarter Midget racing? ~ While Quarter Midget racing was developed as a family oriented sport to teach children sportsmanship, there are many additional benefits.
Quarter Midget racing gives children a well-earned right to a sense of pride and accomplishment. The kids often become more confident and learn the sense of belonging to a group as the entire family will meet many life long friends.
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