Driver Equipment and Safety
Racing quarter midgets consistently proves to be a safe sport due, in part, to the safety requirements established. Each year safety standards are evaluated and updated to ensure the safety of all drivers.
For details regarding equipment requirements, please review the national web site here: http://www.quartermidgets.org/documents/documents.asp#Rulebooks.
We all want our children to be safe. All sports are dangerous activities. We take our driver safety seriously in QMA. To ensure the safety of your children participating in this exciting sport, we have mandatory safety checks before each race. We also perform another safety check immediately before any child enters the race track during a race. Fire extinguishers are located at each corner of the track. On top of this, each driver is required to have the following safety equipment (Regulations may have changed since this was posted. Please check the QMA website/rulebook for the most current standards. The QMA website/rulebook information supercedes this list):
- Helmets - Helmets used in QMA are required to be of an SA 2000, SFI 24.1 or higher rating or newer. They must be well-fitted, full-face helmets, free of cracks and impacts. Visors must be free of scratches and scuffs for optimum visibility. A clear or amber face shield must be worn after dark or whenever track lights are turned on. Chin straps must not be frayed or deteriorated. They must be in operational working order and anchored well.
- Driver Suits OR Jackets and Pants - An SFI 3.2A-1 rated jacket and pants, or driver suit in good condition, is required for competition in QMA. The jacket or suit must provide full coverage from neck to waist (or feet) and extend completely to the gloves. Full-length pants are required if using a jacket. At this time, the pants do not need to be SFI 3.2A-1 rated, but it is recommended if possible. Jeans are acceptable, but no sweat pants, pajama pants or pants made of nylon material are allowed.
- Neck Brace - A neck brace in good condition, made of Nomex, with an SFI 3.3 rating is required.
- Arm Restraints - Arm restraints, in good condition, are mandatory for all drivers and are used in conjunction with the seat belt quick release mechanism. This allows for quick exit if necessary. The arm restraints are positioned and secured on the forearm, between the wrist and elbow. Arm restraints must be adjustable and be adjusted so that when the driver is fully seated, his/her hands are unable to touch the overhead bar of the roll cage.
- Seat Belt - A five-point seat belt with an SFI 16.1 rating is also required on all cars and must be replaced every two years (according to the date on the seatbelt).
- Gloves - Two-layer Nomex gloves with an SFI 3.2A-5 rating are mandatory. The driver's gloves must completely cover the hands and fingers.
- Socks and Shoes - Shoes are required to completely cover the feet of the drivers. Socks are required to also cover ankles, not leaving any exposed bare skin. It's important to take safety into your own hands. As a quarter midget handler, YOU are ultimately responsible for the safety of YOUR child.
While this equipment can be somewhat costly, it is an initial investment in the sport just like hockey sticks, baseball bats and other sports equipment and gear. An "entry level" set of gear costs around $450 while a "professional level" set of gear can cost upwards of $1,000. Ultimately it is up to you how much you want to spend on the sport.