My families mission for the past seven years has been to bring the opportunity to race one of these .25 Midgets to as many children as we can. Please let me explain myself. I have been a Publicity Director in different capacities since about the time that our family has been involved in the sport of quartermidget racing. Our enthusiasm for the sport has brought a lot of people into it however, at this time many families cannot afford to get involved because of a lack of finances.
I offer a remedy for this. My plan includes a fleet of a dozen .25 Midgets which can be used for Test Drives at our huge events to introduce children between the ages of five and sixteen to our sport. These children would receive a classroom learning session before being strapped into one of the cars and pushed off onto the same track where our racers compete and turned loose for ten laps around the track all by themselves. The cars can then be used for “Novice Driver Training Lessons” which are a pre-requisite to compete in quartermidget racing where the young racers are taught how to safely handle themselves with other cars on the track and how to race cleanly and with respect for their fellow competitors. Perhaps the most important use for the .25 Midget fleet, is for drivers who cannot afford their own cars to still participate in our sport. Car counts at our events have been declining due to economic circumstances over the past few years. At some of the races there are only a few participants in certain classes. Proof of this is the fact that at a local club recently only five cars showed up to race which regretably led to the cancellation of the remainder of the Winter Series schedule at that facility.
The .25 Midget Fleet of cars can be used to enable three classes to have a hundred participants or more each and to in effect save our sport. No one wants to travel the country and drive around the track with a few cars. No, the key to good racing is to let the great drivers stand-out from the crowd and finding the best out of a hundred will do just that. Also it can marginalize the teams with the most money, or even worse the ones who are cheating. These cars can all be outfitted with the reliable Briggs and Stratton Animal Racing Engines that with the simple change of a restrictor plate can accommodate three different classes of racing, Juniors (Ages 5-9 Blue Plate), Seniors (9-16 Red Plate), and Unrestricted (No-Plate for drivers that are veterans or proven winners). This program can easily be implemented at any local club, and if a trailer is found these shared-use cars can be taken to Regional and National events as well. It may seem like a daunting task, but some of the better-funded teams already have ten cars, three drivers and a transporter large enough to hold them all, and plenty of spare parts too! I am the president of a USAC sanctioned .25 Midget Club the “Sunshine State QMRA” here in Florida. We are a new club and currently do not have enough cars or members to hold events, but would like to operate near the metropolitan area of Tampa where a huge number of kids would race if they could. Our perspective members have expressed an interest in racing on dirt and we would gladly share our cars with the already established USAC club the TBQMRA which has a beautiful asphalt facility. If said cars could be secured it would make a families financial commitment to join USAC and our club and race with us $150. Otherwise a used car and safety gear could cost thousands of dollars, not to mention the expense of storing and transporting such vehicles. Millions of kids who live in apartments or homes without garages are prohibited from participating in our sport because of simple logistics. In addition you can add in the families that do not have access to a pick-up truck or trailer. This single gesture could theoretically make our sport as accessible for children as Little League Baseball and Football. I believe again that .25 Midget Clubs could grow exponentially from dozens of members to hundreds just like the local Little League we belong to.
Thank-you very much for your time and I look forward to any possible marketing partnerships or input we may share. Additionally I am attempting to implement this program with donated used equipment. Please feel free to contact me anytime and to share this information with anyone you may know that might be inclined to back our effort and receive full-credit for doing so!
Jeffrey Pollitt – President- Sunshine State Quarter Midgets
654 Bamboo Court
Marco Island, Fl. 34145
(239) 394-7325 or MislandJeff@aol.com
I believe you can get everything you want in life, if you just help enough other people get want they want!