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Introduction to Quarter Midget Racing

http://www.capitolqma.com/Training/pix/don_cleanwhite_00.jpg" href="http://www.capitolqma.com/Training/body_Training_GettingStarted.htm" id="Picture_x0020_1" o:allowoverlap="f" o:button="t" o:spid="_x0000_s1026" style="width: 300pt; height: 259.5pt; margin-top: 0px; margin-left: 248.8pt; visibility: visible; position: absolute; z-index: 251658240; mso-wrap-style: square; mso-width-percent: 0; mso-height-percent: 0; mso-wrap-distance-left: 0; mso-wrap-distance-top: 0; mso-wrap-distance-right: 0; mso-wrap-distance-bottom: 0; mso-position-horizontal: right; mso-position-horizontal-relative: text; mso-position-vertical: absolute; mso-position-vertical-relative: line; mso-width-relative: page; mso-height-relative: page;" type="#_x0000_t75"> Who can participate? Quarter Midget racing is a competitive sport for children ages 5-16; however, the whole family is invited to get very involved with dad as Crew Chief and Mechanic, mom working in the Tower helping score races, and big brothers and sisters working in the snack bar. Lots of little brothers and sisters can be found playing all day.

The Cars  1/4-scale Midget race cars. Unlike Go-Karts, quarter midgets feature full four wheel independent suspension and full roll cages. Seat belts and shoulder harnesses are mandatory. Power comes from roughly a 120 to 160cc engine, whose specifications are closely set by the national governing board and enforced at each local club race by officials. The tracks are 1/20 mile ovals on dirt or paved surfaces.

The Benefits are virtually immeasurable:

  • It's a family sport- all races are staffed and run by family volunteers from local tracks.

  • Drivers develop physical skills such as coordination, timing, alertness and basic mechanical theory.

  • Internal strength is developed through sportsmanship, accomplishment, self-reliance, and recognition.

  • It's just plain fun!

 Depending on what part of the country you find yourself in and what type of track surfaces are available, there is quarter midget racing going on somewhere 12 months out of the year! Most races are held on weekends, with the annual "Grands" championship races taking place over three different weeks each summer; one for the East, one for the West, and one for the Dirt championship!

How much? Many second-hand cars in good condition can be found and are perfect for starter cars. The cost can run from $1,500 for an older used car, to nearly $5,000 for a brand new car set up for the upper, faster classes. Stock motors range in price from below $500 to well over $3,000 for a motor that has a reputation for winning at the national level events. Local clubs can often put a smart shopper in touch with a member offering a package deal of a used car, motor and spare parts.

How do I get my child involved?
The Baylands training program is designed to provide your child with the best possible first-time racer experience and to present him/her with the best opportunity to begin a successful quarter midget racing career.


Our training program consists of 3 to 10 two-hour training sessions (or more if the trainer determines more sessions are needed to grasp the basics). Safety equipment will be provided during your child's time behind the wheel of the club's training car. The trainer takes each child out on the track for several laps in the trainer car, providing one-on-one instruction to that child during their time on the track. Once all the attending trainees have cycled through their time behind the wheel of the trainer car, the trainer may assemble the trainees together for group instruction regarding flags, lineups, safety, etc ... or he may elect to cycle through another series of training car rides for each child.

All training participants must have a legal guardian present during the session and are required to sign a liability waiver. For those families that have their own cars, all normal track safety rules, procedures and safety equipment requirements apply. Currently, training fees are $100 or $50 if you have your own car plus a membership fees of $185. 

New novice drivers are taught how to pass, the meaning of the flags and the flagman's signals, how to line up to begin or restart a race, and what to do in common emergency situations. The last sessions often include the other new or experienced drivers, practicing together in their own cars what they have learned before entering a racing situation.

Although the student is taught these racing basics, the real focus of the training is SAFETY, and is not intended to produce a seasoned race car driver. This will come from their first season on the track in the Novice class, racing in their own car against other relatively new drivers within their age group.

Drivers remain in the Novice class about one racing season, or until their parents and the Novice Committee determine that they are ready to progress into a competitive racing class, based on age and motor type of their car.

If your son or daughter thinks this sounds like fun, take a moment and contact Eric Stafford at pro1biz@hotmail.com.

 
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