A Driver's Edge
Quarter midget racing is more than just a sport; it's an experience that enables every driver the opportunity to develop skills needed to succeed in life. Perseverance, determination, focus, humility, and sportsmanship are just a few of the attributes drivers lean on each time they gear up for a race.
PQMRA's Novice Program is designed to provide new drivers between the ages of 5-17 with the tools and information they need to be successful on track. As a family, you will also receive insight from other PQMRA members to help you support your driver's development, and the PQMRA organization as a whole. QMA has a complete novice program to help you learn the ropes. Find everything from what to expect during novice training, to what to expect on a typical race day, to car setup sheets! Everything you need to know is in one place. Additionally, our PQMRA club assigns each novice child a "pit pal" for the season. This is a senior racer who has been through the challenges of racing. Your child's pit pal is there to provide peer-to-peer support, answer questions, and give advice and racing tips based on their own experiences.
Drivers must be 5 years old to begin training, however drivers can practice on their own starting at the age of 4 1/2.
All training sessions will be held at PQMRA's track located at Alpenrose Dairy. Training sessions are free of charge. The next group novice training will start March 29, 2015. Dates (times tba) will be:
Session 1 - Sunday, March 29, 2015 - Adults only, if possible
Session 2 - Saturday, April 11, 2015
Session 3 - Sunday, April 12, 2015
Session 4 - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Novice Graduation Day - Sunday, April 19, 2015
Drivers should plan to participate in a total of four training sessions, lasting from two to four hours each, with their own equipment. The first session is geared toward the adults. We encourage you to leave the children at home for this session, if possible, as they may become bored. Each handler (person in charge of their driver child) will receive a binder to keep that includes a training outline, introduction, novice rules, club information, lesson information, code of conduct, bylaws, and tech training (car setup) information, to help you and your child learn the ropes. Once the drivers complete their training program, they will be eligible to participate in formal racing events.
While drivers learn best when they are working alongside other drivers, individual sessions are available at any point in the racing season. Your child CAN participate in quarter midget racing, even if you did not start at the beginning of the racing season!
For additional information or to request an individual training session for your driver, please contact PQMRA President, Adam Smith, at 503-789-9615, or PQMRA Vice President, Sean August, at 503-969-2506.