is Quarter Midget Racing
This sport centers
around small cars scaled down to one-fourth the size of full size midget
race cars and driven on a 1/20 of a mile oval race track. Power is by a
small one cylinder engine similar in size and construction to most lawn
The cars are driven in competitive
races by kids between the ages of Five -
Can 5 year olds compete
with older drivers?
In the early years, they are learning but many 5 year
olds have taken the checkered flag against older competition.
Is it Safe for Children?
inception, the sport of Quarter Midget Racing has enjoyed the finest
safety record of all organized children's sports. This safety record did not just happen.
Safety starts with car inspections and the driver's must wear
proper racing equipment like helmets, racing suits, gloves, arm
restraints and neck collars. Corner men are present during each race to
assist in case of an accident, and probably most important, safe driving
habits are instilled in the children from their very first time on the
track in Novice Training.
benefit is there for the Child?
- It is a family sport. Few other sports permit all
members of the family to participate as much. Moms and Dads help run
the race program and the child's role is evident.
- It teaches sportsmanship. A genuine respect for the
rights of other drivers seems to be a natural development.
- It develops coordination, a sense of timing and the
ability to plan ahead.
- It teaches self reliance. Once the green flag is
dropped, the kids are on their own.
- It is competitive. They learn to play hard but that
rules must be observed. Rule infractions will result in
- It teaches safe driving and develops driving skill.
Very few people ever develop the skill that these children develop.
We believe this level of skill will be invaluable as adult drivers
where they will have the instinct developed to do the right thing in
the unforeseen situations we all encounter.
- It develops a sense of responsibility. Alertness
and concern for the safety of others is acquired.
- It gives the drivers a well earned right to a sense
of pride of accomplishment. They stand just a little taller and are
a little more confident after becoming a Quarter Midget Driver
Midgets of America) is a national association that has been formed for the
purpose of establishing rules concerning safety, car and engine
specifications, racing program format, rules of conduct and general track
operation. This organization is non-profit with funds being derived from
membership dues and sponsorship donations. All persons assisting in the
sport at both local and national levels donate their time gratuitously.
How often are races held?
Most tracks hold weekly races that are scheduled not to
conflict with the larger race meets. The larger races are Regional and
State's races which are required to qualify your driver for the Grand
Nationals. There is a West Coast and an East Coast National on
Asphalt and one Dirt National each year.
What Does Quarter Midget
Many older cars in good condition are
available for $1500-$2000, some including motors. Newer, more competitive
used cars are available from $2500 - $3500. New cars can be purchased
starting at $3950 for a kit and up to $5900 with a Honda motor.
The motors used are Continental/Deco,
Briggs & Stratton and Honda. The Honda motor has recently been
added and is considered the most economical entry level for competition.
The cost for this motor is around $425 and it must remain STOCK. This
makes for a very competitive class with winning being centered more on the
car and driver instead of spending a lot of money on a motor.
The cost of membership is $100.00 in QMA plus the cost
of joining your local club. The QMA membership includes handler and driver
insurance. Pit fees are charged for entering your car in the race program
and these range from $20.00 to $50.00 depending on the type of race be it
Club, Regional or National.
How much Maintenance is
It is not unusual for Novice or Stock
class engines to operate for well over a year without need of major
service. When required, you can overhaul your own motor
inexpensively, usually just replacing rings, bearing inserts and putting
in new oil. The higher performance classes - MOD, "B" and
"AA" do require more service to stay competitive and then you
are always striving to get more out of these motors to put you up front.
Working with these motors to make them fast is educational, fun and part
Fast do the Cars Go?
Quarter Midget tracks are
designed specifically for 1/4 midgets and must conform to QMA specs of
approximately 1/20 mile. The average speed for a 6.00 sec lap is 30 mph.
The faster "AA"s can hit speeds up to 50 mph at the end of the
Where do Children Learn
Upon joining the local club, all new
drivers, regardless of age must go through the club's Novice
Training School. These classes are usually held once a week or more often
if necessary and teach the driver the flags, racing procedure, how to line
up for a race, how to pass, the best driving pattern for the track and all
of the rules regarding possible disqualification for not obeying the
racing rules. Most tracks are usually open to all members during the week
for practice. Older club members are always available to help the newer
How much Practice is
required to compete?
Usually by the completion of Driver
Training, enough sessions will have been held to bring most drivers to
where they can compete. The Novice Trainer will determine if your driver
is ready to race. Once they do start racing they may not win right away
but sooner or later your driver will take the checkered flag.
What do they receive for
The driver gets a trophy for winning a race. In
Special races such as regional and national events, trophies are awarded
down to 5th place. At tracks running a points series, the drivers will
accumulate points and get a special year end award (like a jacket). This could be a point
series at one track or at several tracks (in which case it is called a
Monza Series). At some special races, the drivers may be awarded Savings
|Many people after seeing their
first race feel that they are seeing a group of children far above
average in ability. Most of us in the sport remember when we had
the same impression., True, some drivers develop faster than
others but almost all become skilled, competitive, alert and safe
drivers. It is almost 100% certain that your child will too.