Florida Midget Racing Association
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¾ Midget

Florida Midget Racing Association

 

Article I: The Organization

  • The organization shall be known as the Florida Midget Racing Association, Inc.      
  • The organization shall use such official insignia as the membership shall determine.
  • The object of the organization shall be to promote interest in T.Q. Midget auto racing on a local and national scale, and to sanction races according to the safety and racing rules of the Association.
  • The FMRA, Inc. at any time may reprimand/ remove from membership any member of the organization according to the following: The recommendations must be presented in writing to the president of the FMRA. In turn, the President will present recommendations to the Board of Directors who may reprimand the member by a simple majority vote or remove the member by a unanimous vote.
  • Any Owner/Driver may become a voting member of the organization upon payment of the annual membership dues, but must race (3) events before being eligible to vote.

Article II: Membership Dues, Fees, and Payments

  • The annual dues for members of this organization shall be due and payable by the start of the racing season each year.
  • The annual dues for members of this organization shall be $45.00 for Car Owner or Driver and $85.00 if you are the Owner and Driver. The President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer dues are waived for the current season with one exception: Car Owner (if owner and driver are same) must still submit $45.00 to keep the number and car registered for the season.                                                                       
    • Members will receive full voting privileges regarding nominations, elections, etc.   Owners paid membership entitles them to reserve the car number for the year and to renew that number the following year if proper dues are paid in a timely fashion. Drivers, however, cannot vote on matters pertaining to the car itself such as chassis and engine specifications, general safety requirements and engine types and specifications, etc. (as noted in Article IX).

  • The Annual dues for Associate Members shall be $25.00 but they cannot reserve car numbers and do NOT have voting privileges. Anyone associated with a car owner on a permanent basis or is a crew member working on a car in the pit area during the racing season is encouraged to join the Club. Your support is greatly needed and much appreciated.
  • Temporary Drivers Permit may be purchased by an experienced Driver for     $15.00 per event for a maximum of two events per race season. Only if necessary, a majority vote of the board will determine if a Driver has enough experience. This money is nonrefundable and cannot be used towards full membership. After two racing events that Driver will be asked to join the club as a regular member. Temporary Drivers will NOT receive Driver points for these events but the Owner will receive points for his entry. If Drivers start on a Temporary Permit and then at a later date decide to join, no points received while driving under temporary permit will be added to their season total. All car owners and cars must be members of the club before being allowed to race unless car is running under invitation from the club.
  • A $15.00 Entrance Fee per car is payable at each event to handle any necessary technical inspections and/or goes toward prize monies awarded to the top three (3) points race finishers. Entrance fees are NON-REFUNDABLE FOR ANY REASON! If a car cannot start any of the evening’s events he will be awarded 15 attempt points only if he has paid his $15.00 entrance fee to the Club.
  • Out-of-state car owner invited to race at FMRA events are only required to pay the entrance fee of $15.00 providing they are a member of another TQ midget organization. No points will be acquired but all prize monies will be awarded. The Driver of that car will also be required to obtain a Temporary Drivers Permit for that race.

Article III: Officers and Board Members

  • The government of this organization shall be vested in the officers consisting of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Board of Directors. There shall be a minimum of four (4) Board of Director members, and the outgoing President if necessary. The President shall assign a board member to an open seat or unexpired term.  The outgoing president will serve on the Board for a maximum of one year. It is permissible for an Officer to hold more than one office simultaneously.
  • The President shall have the power to call and preside at meetings of the FMRA, to appoint committees for the purpose of carrying out functions of this organization; act as Chairman of the Board of Directors and perform such other duties that usually pertain to the office of the President.
  • The Vice President shall preside at meetings in the absence of the President. The Vice President shall also perform such other duties that usually pertain to that office.
  • The Secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the organization and the minutes of the Board of Directors’ meetings The Secretary shall keep an accurate and up-to-date record of the racing points to be posted in a timely fashion on the club website.  The Secretary shall perform such other duties that usually pertain to that office.
  • The Treasurer shall have the care and custody of all funds of the organization. The Treasurer shall oversee the collection of the membership and entrance fees, disburse prize monies, be responsible for all accounts receivables and payables, keep an accurate account of all business, and make a written report to the Board of Directors of the financial status of the organization when requested.
  • The Board of Directors will serve as a consulting group to the offices and assist in the governing of the Association. Their meetings shall be subject to the call of the President or a majority of the Directors.

Article IV: Elections and Meetings

  • The newly elected officers will assume office at the first elections meeting. Only those members whose dues were paid prior to the day of elections for the previous racing season are permitted to vote.
  • All officers shall be elected for one-year terms. The elected Board members may appoint a member to the Board to represent an area not otherwise represented.
  • Voting for election of Officers shall be by secret ballot.
  • At all meetings of the FMRA, a quorum shall consist of no less than one-quarter (25%) of the voting membership.
  • Construction of the by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the FMRA present at the meeting provided a quorum  is present and that written notice has been given each member by mail at the member’s last known address prior to the meeting.
  • Special Board or membership meetings shall be called by the President in accordance with any business of urgent nature.

Article V: Official Competition Rules

  • The Technical Committee may measure the engine of any car after any race during the season without a protest and will hold in escrow all points and monies for that race until the engine have been measured. The cubic inch gauge will be used where applicable and its findings will stand correct. However, the car owner has the right to prove his engine is legal at this time. Technical Committee may check any and all specifications of any car at any time. Decisions of the Technical Committee are final.
  • Technical Protests: A Protest can be made by any owner or driver. Fifty dollars must be posted with the Treasurer for a visual check or P&G test to check displacement. Four hundred dollars ($400.00) is required for a complete tear-down. If the protest is proven wrong, the protested car owner will receive the money. If the protester is proven right, the money will be returned to the protester. If engine size is found to be illegal, there will be an automatic loss of all accumulative points of the season plus all purse monies earned for that race event... if a car is found illegal for anything other than engine size, no purse money or points will be awarded for that race event. First offense of illegal fuel will result in an automatic loss of all accumulative points of the season plus all purse monies earned for that race event. Refusal of inspection shall be considered as admission of guilt and appropriate penalties shall be imposed. Any illegal car must be proven legal before it can participate again.
  • All car owners and drivers must be paid members of the FMRA or on a Temporary Permit before competing in a sanctioned event. Exception to the rule is outlined in Article II.
  • The Pit Steward shall be in complete charge of the pit and all cars when they are not running.
  • All drivers must be at least fifteen (15) years old with proof of age to participate in any FMRA race event. Any person under the age of 15 with prior racing experience (in writing) wishing to compete will be evaluated

ALL drivers UNDER THE AGE OF 18 must have notarized authorization from a parent or legal guardian and a copy of driver’s license on file with the FMRA before competing in race events.

  • No person(s) under the influence of alcoholic and/or drugs will be permitted to participate in any FMRA events.
  • When heats are raced, the winner will receive one point for each car in the field. Each position after that will decrease by one point. Car finishing last in the heat race will receive one point.
  • Rookies shall start at the rear of the heats and features for the first three (3) events. A rookie is a driver who has not competed in an FMRA event.
  • At the beginning of the season a pill draw will determine starting positions for the first three (3) races. The handicapping for all races thereafter will be determined by accumulated points from previous 3 races that car has participated in. A car will start scratch until it has raced 3 races. Field will be inverted so that the highest point car under the handicapped system starts in the rear and lowest points position starts first. Exception to this rule is that the last race feature winner will always start behind the points leader and also if there is a request to start in the rear.
  • If a car misses two (2) consecutive races. The car will start at the rear of the field in the heat race and the feature race for that event. If a car has a driver change from the last event raced (including a heat). That car shall start at the rear of the field for that feature. NO driver change will be allowed after cars have taken the track during ANY race.
  • No two-way communication devices are permitted. However one-way raceceivers will be allowed when requested by the track.

Article VI: Flags/Restarts

  • Green: When the green flag is given at the start of any race, and any car fails to make it to the back straightaway, the race shall be restarted. The second start of any given race shall be an official start and the first turn ruling will not apply. This is subject to flag person’s discretion. All cars must hold their positions until the flag is given. Penalty for passing before flag - is two (2) positions for each car passed. Any one car causing two (2) false starts may be moved to the rear of the field.
  • Yellow: All cars will slow to a parade speed as soon as safely possible when the yellow flag or light is displayed by the starter. NO RACING TO THE START/FINISH LINE!

 

If a car spins or stalls on the track under a yellow flag and has to be re-fired for ANY REASON, that car must go to the back of the field. If the car doesn’t voluntarily go to the rear, that car will no longer be scored and will be disqualified. No prize money or points will be awarded. If a car spins or stalls twice for ANY REASON during a race, that car must go to the infield or pits (as directed) and the car will no longer be scored. All other cars will be lined up in their last green flag lap position.

  • Red: When the red flag/light is shown, drivers should pull to the edge of the track and stop as soon as safely possible. Cars should not block track or access to accident scene. A flipped car and its driver will not be allowed to continue the race until that car has been cleared to resume racing by a Club Official. If it is brought to the pits for inspection and the race resumes under green the car will not be able to return to the race. Under the red flag/light stop, NO ONE is allowed to make adjustments, change tires or add fluids to any car. This is an automatic disqualification!
  • Black: when the black flag is given, the driver must come in on the next lap. Failure obey the black flag will cause for disciplinary action.
  • Move Over: Blue with Yellow diagonal stripe flag is displayed only to cars being lapped. When the car involved sees this flag it is to immediately move to the inside of the track or as directed and must stay there until lapping cars have passed. Penalty for failure to comply is two (2) positions for each car passed.
  • Restart: No passing will be allowed until car has passed the start/finish line. Determination of this offense shall be decided by the flagman or race director. Penalty for passing before reaching the start/finish line is being sent to the rear of the field.

Article VII: Conduct

  • Any person within the jurisdiction of the Club, who at any time causes bodily harm or has any physical contact with any person, shall immediately be suspended. The Board of Directors, at its next meeting, shall review the case and determine total suspension days.
  • Drivers and Owners will conduct themselves in a professional manner. Swearing, threatening remarks or gestures toward anyone, whether it be a driver, owner, track official, crew member, and/or spectator will penalized as follows:

1st Offense: Warned and reminded of the rule

2nd Offense: Disqualified from racing for that day/night and/or money/points forfeited

3rd Offense: Suspended from next race

4th Offense: Suspended for indefinite period of time to be determined by FMRA Officers and Board of Directors.

  • Each car owner shall be responsible for his/her own conduct and crew with the exception of the driver. Each driver is responsible for his/her own conduct.
  • Rough driving will NOT be tolerated. If the race director feels that a driver is guilty of rough driving, that driver will be penalized. Further action after that race may be taken by the Board of Directors of the FMRA including disqualification and forfeiture of prize money.

Article VIII: General Rules

  • All publications and materials bearing all official logo or the letterhead of the FMRA must be approved by the President before distribution.
  • Car numbers must be approved by the Secretary. Any car displaying a number at the track previously assigned to another car must be taped so that no duplicated numbers will appear at any time during the race. Car numbers will not be reserved past the first race of the season. Car numbers are forfeited if the car did not compete in at least one race of the previous season. The number “1” is reserved only for the champion car owner of the previous season unless permission from that car owner is given to preceding champion to display the number. Car numbers should be displayed behind the driver on each side of the car and must be ten inches (10”) or more in height. On the nose of the vehicle, the number should be eight inches (8”) or more in height. Any car not having the number properly placed will have no recourse in case of dispute over their positions.
  • All cars shall be neatly painted, clean, and neat in appearance when they arrive at the track.
    • Points System – Feature wins will start at 100 points and decrease thereafter in 4 point increments with all participating cars receiving points. When heats are raced, the winner will receive one point for each car in the field. Each position after that will decrease by one point. Car finishing last in the heat race will receive one point.

  • All car owners and drivers who make a reasonable attempt to fire up a car (warm-ups, practice, etc.) and are unable to start a heat or feature race will be awarded 15 points for the event. Drivers and car owners will receive fifteen (15) “appearance” points when the car is taken off the trailer and worked on in the pit area in an attempt to get it started, but does not make it to a practice session or a heat. This also applies if the car does a warm-up but does not enter in the heat or if the car does make it on the track for a heat or feature but does not take a green flag. If a car takes green in heat but is unable to return to start the feature he is awarded heat race points plus 15 "appearance" points. These points are awarded only when paying appropriate entrance fee to the club.
  • If a driver is asked to vacate a car for another driver, the fifteen (15) points are still awarded to the vacated driver.
  • If the final point standings for the season result in a tie for first place, the number of feature wins will be used to break the tie. If they are even, the number of heat race will be used to determine the champion.
  • Any driver who participates in four (4) or less events as a member of the FMRA is eligible to compete for “Rookie of the Year Award” of the subsequent year. If there are more than one “rookie” participating, point position and number of events raced will be considered. Special expectations can be made to ensure car counts. If only a few races remain in the season, this exception will be voted on by the members.
  • Owners must be notified fifteen (15) days prior to additional race dates for points races that are not on the published schedule. Note: car owners may vote at track if less than fifteen-day period arises i.e., rain dates requested by promoters.
  • When a Promoter requests the Club to run double feature events on the same night without giving fifteen (15) days prior notice so it can be posted, only one set of points will be given.  The finish order of both events will be combined to find the cars average finish and determine who receives the total points for that position.  If two or more cars finish with the same average position, all cars will receive the greater amount  points.

Article IX: Chassis and Engine Specifications

  • All car owners must be given thirty (30) days’ notice before meetings can be held to change any chassis or engine specifications. Any race car specifications changes shall have a one-year waiting period after voted approval before it becomes effective.
  • All Chassis and Engine Specifications, General Safety Requirements, and Engine Types and specifications sections of this Rule Book will be changed by Car Owner votes only. The vote shall be as follows: all registered cars are entitled to one vote, provided the car participated in three (3) events of the prior racing season.
  • Chassis Specifications and Designs are limited to four-wheeled upright, open cockpit, Open-wheeled single seat vehicles fabricated for racing purposes – front engine, rear wheel drive only. All cars coming into the Club after October 20th, 1990 must have its roll cage (4 uprights and hoop around the top) constructed with 4130 chrome molly steel, minimum of .095 thickness and 1.25” diameter tubing.
  • All cars must have an active drive line between the driver’s legs perpendicular to the axles, with a maximum 2” offset from the center of the chassis.
  • No chain or belt drives outside the engine that would power the rear wheels.
  • Wheelbase shall be 58”- 65” center line of front axle to the center line of front axle to the centerline of rear axle.
  • Tread shall be maximum width of 55” overall measured at center line of axle.
  • Weight shall be a minimum of 625 lbs. after the feature race. Maximum weight shall be 800 lbs. with normal amounts of fluids and without the driver.
  • Wheels shall be maximum diameter of 13”. All cars will be required to use American Racer tires.

R/F – 8.0 x 20 x 13    M28                           R/R – 8.5 x 21 x 13    M31

     Or 6.0 x 20 x 13    M28                                  or 9.0 x 22 x 13    M31

L/F – 8.0 x 20 x 13    M28                              L/R – 8.0 x 20 x 13    M28

    Or 6.0 x 20 x 13    M28                                        

Article X: Engine Types and Specifications

Four cycle, single overhead cam, individual intake and exhaust ports, 836cc                                                                                                                            

  • Maximum with 5cc per cylinder allowed for clean-up. Must be built from 750cc engine.
  • Four cycle, dual overhead cam, four valve per cylinder fuel-injected, 750cc maximum. All parts must be factory stocked and be matching U.S. make and model. No cam changes allowed. No changes in brain box allowed. .015 clean-up allowed on heads. Non-performance changes. Oil pan, header and air box changes allowed. Clutches and shifters are permitted but no shifting allowed during races. All engines must be 2007 or earlier. Blowers, rotary engines and turbo engines are PROHIBITED. For 2014, 600cc engines may be run but only in their stock form as they came out of bike with no power commanders and must run on pump gas only. All other rules including engine age must be same a 750cc.

Article XI: General Safety Requirements

  • All cars must have nerf bars. Nerf bars should reach the center of the tire tread. Front and rear bumpers must be designed and constructed to eliminate danger of hooking other cars in case of contact. The rear bumper must be strong enough and so placed to permit the use of push trucks. It is recommended that push bumpers be a minimum of 20” in height. Nerf bars and bumpers MUST BE BOLTED ON!
  • The steering gear and all steering linkage must be of good workmanship, and must pass inspection of the Technical Committee. No brazing will be allowed on any drag link, pitman arm, or steering wheel. Approved quick release wheels are mandatory.
  • All cars must have an operative ignition kill switch. It must be located on the steering wheel or on the dash and be identified with a bright color. This switch must have a positive on and off position.
  • All cars must have a driver-actuated metal-to-metal disengaging device between the engine and the drive wheels. No torque converter, torque multiplying devices are permitted.
  • All cars must be equipped with a fuel shut-off valve between the fuel tank and the fuel induction system and must be within easy reach of the driver while under power. Fuel tanks must be so constructed and supported to insure against breakage and must be within body contour of the car or must be an approved tail tank. If an electric fuel pump is used, the control switch must be mounted on the dash marked “Fuel Pump”. The fuel vent must be a check valve or a vent hose that extends past the bottom of the fuel tank.
  • The exhaust pipe must extend outside the body of the car and is not to be directed to the surface of the track or in the air stream of the driver. Mufflers may be required if track conditions are warrant.
  • All cars must have a braking system capable of sliding tires on pavement. All cars must have 4-wheel operating brakes. No electronic anti-lock brakes are allowed. No electronic traction control devices are allowed.
  • Cars with water-cooled engines must have an operable overflow catch tank when track conditions warrant.
  • The oil breathing system must be so designed as to prevent oil from coming into contact with the track.
  •  Wet batteries may be used provided they are of leak-proof type (motorcycle) and securely mounted to the chassis.
  •  All four wheels must have functioning suspension components with dampening devices. No rigid mounted axils. Single solid front axle and king pin support ends are mandatory. NO INDEPENDENT SUSPENSION!
  •  An effective metal firewall must be installed between the engine compartment and the cockpit. It must be as leak-proof as possible.
  • Safety hubs (floater type) are required on both sides of the rear axle if it is less than 1.5” in diameter.
  • Front spindles must use a minimum of 5/8’ king pin. The use of stock Crosley spindles is discouraged. Magnaflux is recommended.
  •  Use of a racing approved safety belt, shoulder harness and anti-submarine belt is mandatory. The belt must be three (3) inches wide and the shoulder harness must be three (3) inches wide and fastened securely to the frame. Both the fastening and the belt conditions are subject to inspection by the Technical Committee. Safety belts must have a quick opening metal-to-metal clasp.  Belt material must be warn as short as possible around the pelvic area of the intestines and abdomen. It should not pass over the sides of the seat and should come through the seat at the bottom on each side thereby wrapping and holding the pelvic area over the greatest possible area. The seat edges must be rolled and/or have grommets to prevent chafing or cutting the belt where it passes though the sides of the seats. Safety belts and harnesses must be no more than three (3) years old. Arm restraints are mandatory.
  •  All drivers must wear Nomex fire suits or equivalent during practice and racing events. The use of underwear and hood sock is recommended. Hood sock or fully-faced helmet skirt is mandatory for all drivers with full beards. Nomex socks are mandatory.
  •  All drivers must wear approved helmets – Snell 2000 or newer is MANDATORY! Approved eye protection device must be worn at all times while driving on the race track. The use of neck yoke, brace, or similar to HANS head and neck restraint system is MANDATORY.
  •  No air foil, wing, spoiler, or other air deflection device designed to create down force will be permitted. (Discretion of the Technical Committee).
  •  It is recommended that the entrant or crew chief of each car have in the pit stop are an easily  accessible, fully charged 2.5 lbs. power fire extinguisher or its equivalent. A gauge or current inspection tag shall be attached to each fire extinguisher.
  •  Roll Cages are mandatory. Cages must be securely anchored to the frame of the car and have rounded corners with upper horizontal members above driver’s head – three Sissy bars on role cages, roll bar padding and head rests are recommended.
  •  No fuel additives of any type are permitted. Cars using methanol must adhere to Specific gravity measurements which will be used to determine the presence of additives. Dual overhead cam 4-valve engines must use pumped gas – up to 93 octane. Pumped gas must be obtained from regular publicly available gas stations. No fuel additives are allowed and no racing fuel is allowed.

The legal measurements taking temperature into consideration are:

Temperature Gravity Allowable Dev.

60F .7955 +/- .022

70F .7903 +/- .022

80F .7850 +/- .022

  •  Any bolt or nut used in the steering or suspension system must be commercial grade #8 or better. The use of grade #9 is recommended.
  •  Positive mechanical-type or approved enclosed cable-type throttle linkage is mandatory. These systems must use a minimum of two (2) return springs, one of which must be capable of closing the throttle in the event of a linkage failure. Throttle pedal toe straps are mandatory.
  •  The body must give the appearance of completely covering the car frame and must be fully painted. Any car not having a complete firewall to protect the driver’s feet must use an underpan that extends at least to the front of the engine.
  •  All seats must be securely fastened in such a manner that the seat will not come in contact with the drive line, brakes, or ground. All seats are to be fastened by a minimum of three (3) 3/8’ bolts, grade #8, with fender washers.
  • Torque tube restraints on all cars is recommended.
  •  All cars must be equipped with a safety bladder type fuel tank or safety type fuel cell. If a fuel cell, the fuel cell must be mounted safely and properly.
  •  Any car not conforming to these Safety Rules and Regulations will not be allowed to compete without permission from the Technical Committee.

Article XII: Protests and Appeals

  • Protests or Appeals that are of a nature other than technical must be submitted in writing to the President or Board of Directors prior to the next scheduled race event or within fifteen (15) days of the protested event.
  • Decisions regarding a technical interpretation can be appealed in writing before the next scheduled race event to the “Director of Competition” after the Technical Committee has disallowed an entrant to compete. (see Rule #2 under Article V)
  • The Rules and Regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of racing events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition off all events, and by participating in these events, all participants are deemed to have complied with these rules. NO EXPRES OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THSEE RULES/REGULATIONS. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a Guarantee against injury/death to a participant, spectator, or official. The Race Director shall be empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in his/her opinion do not alter the minimum acceptable requirements. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANT OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATION.
  • Any interpretation or deviation of these rules is left to the discretion of the FMRA. Their decision is final. Any situation not covered by the rules shall be left to the decision of the FMRA Board of Directors, whose decision is final.
  • Any situation not covered by the rules shall be left to the decision of the FMRA Board of Directors, whose decision is final.