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Novice Info 2017

* I-5 QMC 2017 Novice Training *


Check the I-5 QMC Facebook page for more info

 

Novice Training Round 2 for 2017

Information from Club President John Miller

Hello quarter midget novice families,

This is John Miller, president of the I-5 Quarter Midget Club.  I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to detail the upcoming novice training and inform you of the safety requirements so that you are better prepared when you show up.

Novice training will be 6 days long and all 6 days are required unless you’ve made prior arrangements with me.

This round of training will be at the I-5 QMC in Elma.  The dates are 5/6, 5/13, 5/14, 5/20, 5/21 and 6/3.  For this novice training class, the novices will be learning on our dirt track.  Obtaining dirt tires would be a good idea prior to this training.  The most common dirt tires are Hoosier D-10 and Burris SS-11.

On May 6th, we’ll have you report at 3pm.  This day, we will concentrate on making sure that your car and safety gear is correct and current.  We’ll give you general overviews of the club and organization and then finish with line-ups, hand signals, flag colors, etc.   Also note that this is also the club’s work party, BBQ, and Test –n- tune so feel free to come out earlier and help us get the track ready for the 2017 season.  Also note that you won’t be able to participate in the test –n- tune at this time.

 

May 13th, will be an observation day for you and your racer.  It will be the club’s first race.  We’ll have you rotate through positions around the facility and learn from the club members who are currently performing in those roles.  Your job will be to take the information you learn and teach your novice.  After the races are over in the late afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to let your driver take practice laps on the track.

On May 14th, we’ll start driving the cars.  Report time will be 9am.  We’ll break around noon for lunch.  Expected end time is around 3pm.  Bring a lunch because there won’t be enough time to leave the facility to get some.

May 20th will be an observation day for you and your racer.  It will be the club’s second race.  We’ll have you rotate through positions around the facility and learn from the club members who are currently performing in those roles.  Your job will be to take the information you learn and teach your novice.  After the races are over in the late afternoon, you’ll have the opportunity to let your driver take practice laps on the track.

On May 21st, you’ll come back for a full day of training.

June 3rd, we will enter you into a mock race during our schedule and the novices who graduate will receive their graduation trophy at the awards following the race day.

 

Your first club race will be July 8th


Let’s talk about safety requirements for the kid and car.  You can find the safety gear requirements by going to this document and scrolling down to page 23:  http://www.quartermidgets.org/documents/RuleBooks/2016_QMA_Rule_Book.pdf

Please make sure you follow these requirements to a T.  If a piece of equipment requires an SFI tag, make sure it’s got the tag on it.  If the tag falls off and gets lost, you won’t be able to use that piece of equipment.  If the helmet you bring doesn’t have the correct rating, you won’t be able to use it.

Seat belts:  All quarter midget seat belts have an SFI tag on them with a date punched.  They are required to be replaced every 4 years.  Also, all seat belts are required to have the anti-submarine (crotch) belt.

 

All novice cars are required to have a 2nd engine shut off switch attached to the top of the roll cage.  This is so that the flagger can reach the flag out and shut off the car if it’s out of control or the kid isn’t following commands to shut the car off.  This can be a simple toggle switch and there are several ways that you can attach it (zip ties, hose clamps, etc.).  You should wire it up so that when the switch is forward, the engine runs and when the switch is switched to the rear, the engine shuts off.

You should have some type of limiter on the throttle that won’t allow the throttle to open very wide.  Initially, I don’t want the throttle (as viewed at the top of the carburetor) to open more than 1/8”.  It should be adjustable so that as your driver gets comfortable in the car and we feel comfortable with his/her ability, the adjustment can be made to allow the car to go faster.

Your car will need a novice restrictor plate and I have those.   They are $15 each and you can make a check out to I-5 QMC.

All fuel line has to be covered with a fireproof sleeve.  This is a new requirement as of last year so there’s the possibility that the car you bought doesn’t have the sleeve.  Also, all fuel filters are required to be metal (no plastic filters).  The fuel line and cover has to be zip tied or hose clamped to the fuel filter, fuel tank, and carburetor.  Here are some examples of the sleeve and filter:

http://www.prodorutti-supply.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=PS&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=13-05-6b

Hi Flow Machined Honda Aluminum Fuel Filter www.prodorutti-supply.com Aluminum 2 piece fuel filter This is a fuel filter we have available for the Honda engines. The diameter is 1" length is 1 1/4" 1/4" inlet by 3/4" long 3/16" outlet ...

http://www.prodorutti-supply.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_Code=PS&Screen=PROD&Product_Code=13-05-B

Prodorutti Quarter Midget Supply Fuel Line Sleeve www.prodorutti-supply.com High Temperature fuel line sleeve, protects fits both 3/16 & 1/4". This sleeve works well with fuel lines that have a 3/8" diameter. Price is per foot.

 

Parts can be obtained from several locations.  One person in the area that sells parts is Randy Geary of G and G Speed.  He attends all of the region races and parts can be bought from him there.  He will also ship parts to your house.  You can find his contact info on our website at www.I-5qmc.com and look for the banner on the right side of the screen.  You can also find parts from several online vendors.  Here are a few examples but you can Google search for quarter midget parts and probably find other vendors.

If you still have questions that I didn’t answer, you can call me at (360) 790-8582 or email I- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


John Miller
President I-5 Quarter Midget Club