Local Quarter Midget Drivers Represent Racing Future

Veteran racer Hanna Flood of Royersford, right, advises a newcomer before entering the Montgomery County Quarter Midget Race Club track in Phoenixville

Veteran racer Hanna Flood of Royersford, right, advises a newcomer before entering the Montgomery County Quarter Midget Race Club track in Phoenixville

Reported and Photographed by Tammy Auman
Written by Joe Zlomek
for The Post Publications LLC

Liam Rotanz, whose grandparents live in East Greenville, gives a big thumbs up after his first time on the track

Liam Rotanz, whose grandparents live in East Greenville, gives a big thumbs up after his first time on the track

LINFIELD PA – The future of automobile racing, some of its fans contend, is getting a head start in places like Linfield and Phoenixville.

Young members of the Montgomery County Quarter Midget Race Club have been meeting monthly at the Linfield Fire Company station house, 1077 Main St., and piloting their gasoline-fueled racers on several Saturdays and Wednesdays since early spring. The drivers, boys and girls who range in age from 5 into the teens, are scheduled to be back out on the track, 920 Township Line Rd., Phoenixville, on the next two Wednesdays (today, May 21; and May 28, 2014).

Although competitive, it’s also a cooperative sport. Parents and other adult volunteers all work to ensure safety and fair play, club officials report, and veteran drivers show newcomers the ropes.

Nearly 50 first-time racers showed up at the track in mid-March for the chance to get their first experience behind a quarter midget steering wheel, and each received plenty of help.

Several race teams donated cars for the newcomers to try out for a few laps, with their performance reduced for both comfort and safety. Each youngster was provided with all necessary safety equipment, and learned the necessities of signal flags and track operations.

Racing veterans, some of them the same age as the fresh arrivals, served as mentors. They demonstrated how racers line their cars up, slow down for cautions, and maneuver their vehicles when the checkered flag comes out. They also gave lessons on race strategy, just as they received them from other veterans who preceded them.

Now, more than two months later, they’re getting the hang of the racing program and, with their parents, making investments in cars, tools, and equipment of their own. They’re gaining race experience, too; most of the club’s 111 current drivers already have as many as five race dates behind them, with many more scheduled through October.

The club usually meets on the first Tuesday of every month in Linfield, and then assembles Wednesdays and Saturdays at the track. It is sanctioned by the United States Auto Club, and has been in operation for 59 years. For more information, call President Ian Hindle at 484-535-0291, or send him an e-mail, here.

Royersford resident Hanna Flood and Makenzie Kuser of Boyertown push a driver's car around the Phoenixville track. It helps the driver adjust to the steering wheel and feel more comfortable in the car

Royersford resident Hanna Flood and Makenzie Kuser of Boyertown push a driver’s car around the Phoenixville track. It helps the driver adjust to the steering wheel and feel more comfortable in the car

Photos by Tammy Auman for The Post Publications LLC