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We’re right around the corner from the 2nd Annual Dual in the Desert at the Tucson Quarter Midget Association race track April 21 – 23. We at Fundereasy are excited to be part of this year’s official USAC sanctioned auto racing event as the association is looking to build a new permanent inspection shed for officials to check vehicle compliance before and after races to maintain fairness in competition. That’s right, they take their racing serious here, as racers do at hundreds of other tracks like it around the country, whether paved or not, big V-8 engines super stocks or small c.c. motorbikes racing, these drivers take their sport serious (and experience a blast of fun and exhilaration like in no other sport). The great thing about our special track here in Tucson is that it caters to the youngsters, ages 5 to 16, “keeping kids off the streets and on the track”.

Motorsports racing is not only great fun, but teaches kids important life lessons as well. Such as: teamwork, camaraderie, problem solving, working together, and learning mechanical skills. It’s so much more than play – it is the real thing – the drivers are the kids, and the kids are driving real race cars, on their own, learning self-reliance and building their self-confidence.

TMQA Work Day

This past Saturday, we were invited to the “Work Party” out at the track where volunteers were busy getting things ready for this weekends’ racing activities. The Tucson Quarter Midget Association (TQMA) track is located off of I-10 on the West Side Frontage Road of Avra Valley Road. TQMA has been operating as a non-profit organization for youth racing for almost 20 years. The one twentieth of a mile asphalt oval on a 5 acre spread has had numerous National and Regional events held on its grounds, and there are 5 scheduled over the 2016-2017 season.

It was a perfect day for the race track volunteers to be outside with the mountains in the background and the crisp blue sky above. Track volunteers were busy putting the finishing touches on the track for the last event of the season. Others were drilling safety barriers in place and putting the finishing touches on the finish line checker. Banners and flags were wrapped around and streamed across fixtures adding a festive look to the scene. There were a few wiring hiccups in the officials’ booth that morning, but when the sounds of country music came wafting from speakers everyone cheered. Even I had to smile as I hear the sounds of “Check…check…” from the announcer’s mic coming through nice and clear. A truck with a cherry-picker was going from light tower to light tower, replacing bulbs, making sure all would be lit up for night time racing. And I must say the place looks ready.

Once those cars start bumping and running on the track those freshly painted walls and that sharp, clean, black and white checkered finish line will be well scuffed. I got a chance to talk to some “experienced” racers and got the inside scoop on what to expect this weekend. The racers drive specially-designed quarter scale sprint cars that run 3.5 horsepower Honda gx120 Motors and mid-grade pump gas. These quarter scale sprint cars, also lovingly called “quarter midgets” are kept to the ground using their official Hoosier tire package.

Race Day Info

Any child can enter to race. Parents, you’ll want to go to TQMA’s web site here for details about registering, entry forms and official USAC rules. Kids will need to wear sturdy shoes and long pants – the track will provide other gear. There are no entrance fees so bring everyone (there is a small registration fee to enter as a driver). There will be food vendors for purchase and you can pick up some custom racing souvenir’s to take home with you.

To help keep Tucson Quarter Midget Association’s non-profit going strong go to the TQMA fundraiser to donate and help them build that Inspection Shed click here now. It’s been sorely needed and will help our local track catch up to others around Arizona and the rest of the country. As a thank you for your online donation, you’ll get a discount pack you can use with your smartphone at local businesses over the next year. It shows you support youth racing in Tucson!

See you on Race Day

Fundreasy is so glad to be a part of all this fun competition. On race day, quick reflexes and agility are a must in keeping these cars off those freshly painted walls all while dodging a crowded field of competitors, jockeying for first place and the checkered flag. See you out there Saturday for the 2016 Dual in the Desert.

 

-Team Fundreasy.com