TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – For kids dreaming of becoming a driver, the Quarter Midget Nationals provided aspiring pros the chance to showcase their skills.
Hundreds of cars from as far as California packed the Hulman Mini Speedway in Terre Haute. League president Travis Norris says this weekend is ultimately about giving young drivers an opportunity to do what they love.
“They really competing to not only be the best in the nation but also to be better and move up into other classes later on,” Norris said. “Some of these names that you see here this weekend will be NASCAR drivers and Indy Car drivers.”
For many, racing is a family sport. Norris says he knows first hand the work it takes to win a race.
“The kids really put it on themselves and the parents put it on themselves also but it’s just better to let the kids do what they do and give them 100 percent and they’ll give 110back,” Norris said.
An event of this magnitude not only raises the level of competition but also generates local revenue.
“In my 28 years we’ve had six nationals. These kids come here and these families for multiple days which is not common for our community and so the impact is probably somewhere in the three quarters of a million dollar range,” David Patterson, executive director of Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau said.
Patterson says these events are a great marketing piece for other organizations that want to host events in Terre Haute.
“Things like this help all of the other venues in our community. Anytime you can host something of national prominence. That helps us with cross country bids,” Patterson said. “It’s going to help illuminate Griffin Bike Park because when they’re pressing, when they’re looking up Terre Haute on the web, these things come up. It shows capability.”
The THQMA also provides scholarships for racers and works with racers who may have disabilities.