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.
- Family involvement – The kid is the driver, but others work as pit crew, mechanic, etc.
- Development of sportsmanship – following the rules and how to be a good winner or gracious loser
- Development of coordination and a sense of timing
- Development of self-reliance, independent thinking, and a sense of responsibility
- Development of knowledge and appreciation of mechanical devices
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.
QUARTER MIDGETS OF AMERICA (QMA)
Quarter Midgets of America is a non-profit organization with over 2,500 family memberships and approximately 4,000 drivers. There are 13 Regions in our organization and 50 Quarter Midget Clubs Nationwide. This sport is definitely the ‘best kept secret’ you’ll ever come across.
QMA is a family oriented sport that involves racing in special prepared cars. The cars, rules and safety procedures are designed specifically for kids. They race on oval tracks approximately 1/20 of a mile. A child who is 5 to 16 years of age can race. Safety features include full roll cages, multi-point seat harnesses, full face helmets, and other gear. This sport has fewer injuries than little-league football. The Quarter Midgets of America is constantly reviewing and evaluating safety rules to ensure that quarter midget racing remains a safe competitive sport. The racing environment is about children and family. Not only do kids learn valuable skills and sportsmanship, but they also make new friends. Mom and Dad will make new friends too.
For information regarding membership, contact Angie Healey at: Thqmasecretary@thqma.com
Terre Haute, Indiana 47802
FROM NORTH OF TERRE HAUTE
US 41 South (3rd St) to Hulman St.
Go East to 13th Street, turn right.
The track will be on the left side of the road.
FROM EAST, WEST (via I-70) OR SOUTH OF TERRE HAUTE
US 41 North (3rd St.) to Margaret Ave.
(1st stoplight North of I-70)
Right on Margaret, then left at 2nd stoplight Erie Canal Rd.
(turns into 13th St. at the track entrance)
Approximately .5 mile North of Margaret
Mick Landes Family
2015 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
John and Charlotte Fredricks
2014 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
JR, Debbie and Shelby Vangilder
Johnny Shipman Family
2013 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
2012 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
2011 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
2010 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
2009 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
James “Grandpa” Meyers
Macon and Mary Morgan
President – Greg Ewing
Vice President – Jeremy Urbain
Secretary – Angie Healey
Treasurer – Stan Hawthorne
BOD – Melissa Hickox
BOD – Scott Chandler
BOD – Mike French
BOD – Brian Rhoads
BOD (non-racing) – John Shipman
BOD (non-racing) – Jayne-Ani Collins
2017 Club Director Positions:
Novice –Shane Fagg ; Novice Instructors –Shane Fagg
Race Director – Jeremy Urbain
Safety –Greg Dillion/Mike French (Inspections); (1st Responder)
Tech – Brian Rhoads
Track –Dusty Wright
Tower –Nikki Urbain
Flagging –John Shipman
Pit Steward –
Awards –Amber Pettyjohn
Concessions –Jamie Turner/Kelly Ewing
Arrive & Drive –Cindy Wright