How To Get Started In Quarter Midget Racing
So... your kid has had a taste of quarter midget racing and now they want to race one of their own. What steps need to be taken to get racing? First
Step 1: Join the club. Fill in the Information Section to the right! You will be sent a membership form along with instructions.
Step 2: Find and buy a quarter midget. There are cars for sale under the Classifieds section of this website. Or you can go to the QMA website (quartermidgets.org) and check out the national quarter midget classifieds where you'll find hundreds of cars for sale. You can get a good starter car for around $1500.
Step 3: Get driver's gear. You'll need a SA2010 helmet (SA2005 legal until end of 2106), 2-layer Nomex gloves, 1-layer Nomex driver's suit, arm-restraints, and a Nomex neck collar. Many of these items can be obtained used from club members. Just post a message listing what you need. Somebody out there might just have it! If not we can direct you to where you need to go.
Step 4: Come to novice training. This will start the mid February. Training sessions are approximately 4 hours and will run every Saturday for 8 weeks.
Step 5: Practice, practice, practice. You get a key to the track when you become a member. Use it! More seat time makes better drivers!
Step 6: Race! Racing season begins in April with the Novice Graduation race and Novice Challenge (This is when we get to race against all other novices in the region!)
Quarter midget racing is a blast and the club members at Little Wheels are the friendliest and most helpful in the region! Please, if you ever have any questions about quarter midget racing, contact one of our club officers through the "Contacts" button on this website or just post a message. If you prefer meeting face to face, Little Wheels has a club meeting the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Puyallup public library. You don't have to be a member to attend. Stop by and see what's happening in our club.
If you have any questions about novice training (or anything else for that matter) feel free to email our novice trainer.
Welcome to Quarter Midget racing! You're in for quite a ride!
Quarter Midget Racing
Quarter Midget racing 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 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. Not only do kids learn valuable skills and sportsmanship, but they also make new friends. Mom and Dad will make new friends too.
What is a Quarter Midget?
The cars are essentially ¼-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 a 120-160cc engine, which specifications are closely set by the national governing board and enforced at each local club race by officials. The tracks are 1/20 mile banked ovals comprised of dirt, concrete, and asphalt surfaces.
Quarter Midget Racing was started to develop sportsmanship in the children while also providing a family oriented racing activity. In recognition of the drivers, trophies are awarded at Regional, State, and National events. No cash prizes are awarded.
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 crews, chief mechanics, scorers, timekeepers, and operators of concession stand or novelty booths.
It teaches the meaning of sportsmanship, fair play by following rules, how to be a good winner or a gracious loser.
It developscoordination, and a sense of timing and independent thinking.
It teachesself-reliance. Once a green flag has dropped, they are on their own.
Thespirit of competition also comes along here. They learn to drive hard, but that rules must be observed. Rule infractions may result in disqualification.
Development of knowledge and an appreciation for mechanical devices.
It teaches safe driving skills that are carried on in their teen years on the road. Very few people develop the skill that these children acquire. We believe this level of skill is valuable when they become adult drivers. They learn that 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.
It gives drivers a well-earned right and a sense of accomplishment.
What does it Cost?
Many second-hand cars in good condition can be found and are perfect for starter cars. The cost can run from $1500 for an older used car, to nearly $6000 for a brand new car set up for the upper, faster classes. Stock motors range in price from below $500 to well over $3000 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 gear.
How do I get my child involved?
At Little Wheels, contact our Club President, or any of the Board Members on the Contacts Page Or by contacting Quarter Midgets of America , you can find the local club in your area. You are welcome to visit their track, meet the members and racers, and watch a race. Many clubs have training programs, where your child will learn the rules and how to drive the car before ever being placed in a competitive situation. The Novice Training course is manditory before you child can race. It is for your child's safety, and the safety of other drivers on race day.
What Else will I Need Besides a Car
To start with, you will need a way to transport your race car to the track. Some people use a station wagon, others put it in the bed of a pick-up and many racers have trailers ranging from small converted utility trailers to 40 ft. gooseneck trailers. There even was one ingenious dad who put the race car in the bay of the bus he had converted to a motor home. It depends on how serious you are and your financial capabilities. Again, if you are looking for a trailer ask the club members or check the Classifieds, they usually know where to find them.
2018 Driver Training Dates
RIDE DAYS are
RAIN or Shine
Frontier Park - Pierce County Fairgrounds
March 3rd,4th, 10th, 17th, 24th, & 25th
Novice Training Sessions
April 7th Novice Graduation