Quarter Midgets of America is a non-profit organization with over 2,500 family memberships and approximately 4,000 drivers. There are 13 Regions in our organization and 50 Quarter Midget Clubs nationwide.
QMA 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. Any 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. The 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?
A Quarter Midget car is a scaled-down version of an actual midget racer, approximately 1/4 scale. The cars are built around a tubular frame and are fully suspended with springs or torsion bars and shocks. The bodies are fiberglass, usually painted to the drivers' preference. Surrounding the driver is a chrome-moly roll cage and nerf bars. The engines are single cylinder and are manufactured by Honda, Continental, Briggs & Stratton, and Deco.
Types of Quarter Midget Racing
Quarter Midget Racing is divided into 14 classes and divisions with ages ranging from 5-16: Junior Novice, Senior Novice, Junior Honda, Senior Honda, Heavy Honda, Junior Super-stock, Senior Super-stock, Heavy Super-stock, Light Mod, Heavy Mod, Light B, Heavy B, Light A, and Heavy A. Additionally 1/4 Midget drivers may graduate to Junior 1/2 Midgets. Junior 1/2 midget drivers may be ages 12-17. Quarter Midget Racing not only hosts many weekly races, but also local Regional races, one State Championship race per region, and for the more serious competitor, three Grand National Events (two asphalt track and one dirt track race).
How to get started in Quarter Midget Racing
How do you get started? First, find the closest quarter midget racing club. You should visit your local club before buying any equipment. Talking to some of the other parents at the track, as well as the directors who run the club will be a huge education on how to get started. Once you have joined a local club and QMA, the novice training director will arrange for a time for your child to begin a required novice training program.
Benefits of Quarter Midget Racing
- It teaches the meaning of sportsmanship, fair play by following rules, how to be a good winner or a gracious loser.
- It develops coordination, and a sense of timing and independent thinking.
- It teaches self-reliance. Once a green flag has dropped, they are on their own.
- The spirit 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 pride and accomplishment. They stand taller and are more confident after becoming a proficient Quarter Midget Driver.