[The Brazil Times nameplate] Overcast ~ 50°F  
High: 64°F ~ Low: 43°F
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

THQMA Promotional day in April

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Children ages 5 to 16 can run 10 laps for $10 in a real Quarter Midget Race Car.

Sign-In from 8:00a.m. until the last driver has raced around the track.

Drivers are asked to wear long pants, tennis shoes and a jacket.

The race car and all other safety equipment will be provided.

What is Quarter Midget Racing? ~ Quarter Midget Racing is a family oriented sport that involves racing designed specifically for kids ages 5 to 16.

The racing environment is about children and family. The racing is divided into many different classes based on age, skill level and motor type.

Quarter Midget tracks are approx. 1/20 of a mile.

What is a Quarter Midget? ~ A quarter midget car is a 1/4 scaled-down version of an open wheel midget race car.

The cars are built around a tubular frame and are fully suspended with springs or torsion bars and shocks.

The driver is surrounded by a roll cage and nerf bars. The engines are single cylinder and are manufactured by Honda, Continental, Briggs & Stratton, and Deco.

Is this just a local sport? ~ The Terre Haute Quarter Midget Association (THQMA) is based at the Hulman Mini-Speedway at 13th & Lockport in Terre Haute where local events are held.

But, THQMA is a member of Quarter Midgets of America (QMA) which is a national non-profit organization with over 2,500 family memberships and 4,000 drivers. There are 50+ Quarter Midget Clubs nationwide divided into 13 regions.

Therefore, drivers can participate in both Regional and National events.

What about safety? ~ Safety is a top priority at all QMA events.

The national organization is constantly reviewing and evaluating safety rules and regulations to ensure that Quarter Midget racing remains a safe competitive sport. While pileups, bumps and flips occur, there has never been serious injury.

This is a result of a comprehensive safety program that mandates many safety procedures and equipment.

Roll cages, race clothing, helmets, gloves, neck braces, arm restraints, and safety harnesses are required for all drivers.

What are some of the benefits of Quarter Midget racing? ~ While Quarter Midget racing was developed as a family oriented sport to teach children sportsmanship, there are many additional benefits.

Family involvement - The kid is the driver, but others work as pit crew, mechanic, etc.

Development of sportsmanship - following the rules and how to be a good winner or gracious loser

Development of coordination and a sense of timing

Development of self-reliance, independent thinking, and a sense of responsibility

Development of knowledge and appreciation of mechanical devices

Quarter Midget racing gives children a well-earned right to a sense of pride and accomplishment.

The kids often become more confident and learn the sense of belonging to a group as the entire family will meet many life long friends.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

I see everything here but the DATE?

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Thu, Mar 20, 2008, at 6:33 AM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: