WHAT IS QUARTER MIDGET RACING?
Just like any sport, it all starts somewhere.
In racing, it commonly begins in quarter midgets. T-ball and peewee football is the beginning for those respective sports. Quarter Midget racing is where it begins for auto racing.
You may not find a more family oriented sport as kids and parents are all working side-by-side. Parents are not pushing for the win but assisting in the knowledge, the experience and the pride of the race. Helping hands are everywhere.
Quarter Midget racing is a form of automobile racing. The cars are approximately one quarter (1/4) the size of a full size midget car. The adult size midget being raced during the start of quarter midget racing used an oval track of one fifth of a mile in length. The quarter midget track is an oval track approximately 1/20th mile and has a surface of dirt, concrete or asphalt. The single cylinder 7 cubic inch quarter midget engine can make available a speed of 30 miles per hour, or one quarter the speed of the adult car. Current upper class quarter midgets can exceed 30 miles per hour, but remain safe due to the limited size of the track. The cars are built around a tubular frame and are fully suspended with springs or torsion bars and shocks. The bodies are fiberglass and painted to the driver’s preference. Surrounding the driver is a chrome-moly roll cage and nerf bars. The engines are single cylinder manufactured by Honda, Continental, Briggs & Stratton, and Deco. In the motors stock configuration they produce between 2.5 & 4.0 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.
The cars, rules and safety procedures are designed specifically for kids. The age ranges from 5 to 16 years of age. 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 Midget Association 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 spending time together as a unit. Not only do kids learn valuable skills and sportsmanship, but they learn responsibility and also make new friends with the same interest.
Quarter midget racing is divided into 14 classes and divisions: Junior Novice, Senior Novice, Junior Honda, Senior Honda, Heavy Honda, Junior Super-Stock, Senior Super-Stock, Heavy Super-Stock, Light Mod, Heavy Mod, Light B, Heavy B, Light A and Heavy A. The racing season starts with novice training in March and ends by October. Quarter midget club races occur almost weekly at one club or another during racing season and each club hosts one Region race. There is also one State Championship race per region and three Grand National Events during the racing season…two asphalt track races and one dirt track race.
BENEFITS OF QUARTER MIDGET RACING FOR KIDS
- Quarter midget racing is not a “drop off your kid” kind of sport, but an involved family sport.
Few other sports permit all members of the family to participate. The kids do the driving while other family members serve as pit crew, chief mechanics, score keepers, timekeepers, judges and operators of concession stand or novelty booths.
- It teaches the meaning of sportsmanship, fair-play by following rules and how to be a good winner or a gracious loser.
- It develops coordination, focus, a sense of timing and independent thinking.
- Quarter midget racing teaches self-reliance. Once the green flag has dropped, they are on their own.
- The spirit of competition comes into play as the kids learn to drive hard but that rules must be observed. Rule infractions may result in disqualification.
- The children develop a knowledge and appreciation for mechanical devices.
- It teaches safe driving skills that is carried on in their teen and adult years on the road. Very few people develop the skill that these children acquire. We believe that this level of skill is valuable when they become adult drivers. They learn there is a place to race an automobile—which is NOT on the public highway systems, where so many young adult drivers lose their lives.
- It develops a sense of responsibility. Alertness and concern for the safety of others is acquired.
- Quarter Midget Racing gives drivers a sense of pride, accomplishment, confidence and a sense of belonging to a group while also strengthening family bonds.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN QUARTER MIDGET ASSOCIATION
The Rocky Mountain Quarter Midget Association or “RMQMA” has been part of children’s sports in Colorado, providing a fun, safe, motorsport experience for families in the greater Denver area.
1957 – 2015. This year they are celebrating their 59th anniversary!
RMQMA is part of Quarter Midgets of America, Region 8 which includes Colorado Springs (PPQMA), Pueblo (SCQMA) and Montana MCQMA).
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