SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Motorsports Association announced Monday it will soon add quarter midgets to the racing lineup at Sheridan Speedway.
Quarter midget cars follow rules and safety procedures that are designed specifically for kids ages 5-16. They race on oval tracks made of concrete, asphalt or dirt approximately 1/20 of a mile in length. The Sheridan Speedway will provide a dirt track located inside turns 3 and 4 in the infield.
Quarter midget cars are scaled-down versions of an actual midget racer and have full suspension and roll cages. The cars are built around a tubular frame and are fully suspended with springs or torsion bars and shocks. Surrounding the driver is a roll cage and nerf bars.
The engines are single cylinder and produce between 2.5-4 horsepower. Some of the safety features include full roll cage, multi-point seat harness, full-face helmet and other gear.
The Speedway’s plan is to begin construction of the track immediately so it will be available for test laps during Sept. 7 race night.
If all goes according to plan, the Speedway will introduce the cars for their first full night of racing during the Interstate-90 Challenge held Sept. 28-29.