Florida Midget Racing Association
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Club History

 
            CLUB HISTORY
    
                                  CAN YOU HELP US?

The Club is trying to gather up the history of  Florida TQ Midget Racing.  Special thanks goes out to Ann Gimmler for providing much of the early history  that we now have. If any current or past members can help us fill in the blanks, please email the Club at:  www.floridatqmidgets@gmail.com


Here is what we have so far:

Recently got this nice  letter and picture from Wayne DeWald

To FMRA:

I saw on your website that you are interested in the history of TQ racing in Florida.
I was involved with the South Florida Racing Association in the 1960s as my Dad raced the #16 Crosley. (Painting of him in action at Florida City Speedway is posted below.)
In the 1960s the SFRA competed at Hollywood Speedway (in a split show, the Allisons and Red Farmer raced modifieds in the companion series), Boynton Beach, Homestead Rodeo Grounds (dirt), Daytona Memorial Stadium (1961), and Florida City Speedway.In 1964 Florida City became the club's home track. A beautiful banked eighth-mile that produced great racing.

TQ racing in Florida goes back as far as 1953 when Dutch Schaefer and others traveled down to Tamiami Speedway in Miami for a several week series.

Wayne DeWald
   

                                  PAINTING OF THE DEWALD MIDGET IN ACTION AT FLORIDA CITY SPEEDWAY  IN THE 1960'S

John Petrozelle Sr. was  instrumental in starting the Club in the mid 80's. We are  not sure of the exact year. Originally it was known as the Orange Blossom Three Quarter Midget Racing Association. In 1989 the name was changed to Florida Midget Racing Association (FMRA).  While our non profit corporation still goes by that name around 2005 we became known as the Florida Midget Auto Racing Association (FMARA). In 2014 the Club reverted back to being known as the Florida Midget Racing Association  (FMRA).



Here are the Past Champions of the FMRA that we know as of now:



1987    John Petrozelle Jr.

1988    John Evers

1989    Mark Gimmler

1990    Paul Madden

1991    Ernie Teed Jr.    

1992

1993

1994    Mark Gimmler

1995    Gary Gimmler

1996    Nick Burt

1997    Mark Gimmler

1998    Mark Gimmler

1999    Steve Wheeler

2000    Mark Gimmler

2001    Jack Duffy

2002    Brandon Cagle

2003    Jack Duffy

2004    Brandon Cagle

2005    Jack Duffy

2006    Ernie Teed Jr.

2007    Ernie Teed Jr.

2008    Jack Duffy

2009    Jack Duffy

2010    Ted Durfee

2011    Mike Belusar

2012    Rob Kohler

2013    Mike Belusar