Welcome to the Michigan Midget Racing Association. Located at the Oakland County Sportmen's Club in Clarkston, Michigan. Racing for kids ages 4 1/2 to 16. Want to get your kids on track? Not sure how to go about it? Contact the MMRA Novice Director, Andy Wilhelm, or any of the MMRA Board Members. We will see you at the track!!!!
|What are Quarter Midgets?|
|Written by Administrator|
|Monday, 23 February 2009 16:05|
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 childs quarter midget track is one quarter that length, or 1/20th mile. An adult size midget in the 1940s and 1950s could reach 120 miles per hour, while the single cylinder 7 cubic inch quarter midget engine could 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 drivers are typically restricted to ages 5 to 16. Tracks are typically banked ovals one-twentieth of a mile long, and have a surface of dirt, concrete, or asphalt.
Quarter Midgets have been around in one form or another since before World War II, There are two sanctioning bodies for Quarter Midgets, United States Auto Club (USAC) and Quarter Midgets of America (QMA).
There were over 4,000 drivers in the United States in 2007. An engine starts around $400, the car chassis from $1,500 for a used up to $6,000 for a new chassis. Tires start at $50 a tire. There are many brands of cars as well as custom cars made by individuals. Some of the common brands are Stanley Racing, N/C chassis (Nervo/Coggin), Bullrider, Tad Fiser Race Cars, Eagle, GT American Race Cars, Boomerang, and Hawk Race Cars. Cars are protected by body panels which are made of fiberglass, sheetmetal, or more rarely, carbon fiber.
Many of today's most recognizable names in racing got their start in quarter midgets including; A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon, Sarah Fisher, Jimmy Vasser, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski (from our very own MMRA track!), Terry Labonte, and Bobby Labonte to name a few.
- Jr. Novice & Sr. Novice - Honda 120(restricted), or a Deco (stock, restricted)
- Jr. Honda & Sr. Honda - Honda 120 (restricted)
- Jr. Animal & Sr. Animal - Briggs & Stratton Animal (restricted)
- Hvy. Honda - Honda 120 (stock)
- Lt. & Hvy. 160 - Honda 160 (stock)
- Jr. Stock - Deco (stock)
- Mod - Deco (modified)
- Lt. & Hvy. AA Modified - Deco (Alcohol AA Modified)
- Lt. & Hvy. World Formula - Briggs and Stratton World Formula (stock)
- Jr. Classes - 5–8 years old
- Sr. Classes - 9-17th Birthday
- Light Classes - Drivers normally under 100 lb but can still race if over 100 lb
- Heavy Classes - Drivers over 100 lb
|Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 22:08|