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Miniature Motorsports Racing Association
4554 Eisenhower Avenue

Alexandria
, VA 22304

 Phone/Fax 703-751-5588

To: All MMRA Racers

From: David Daniels – National Director

RE: Illegal timing

The following is taken directly out of the 2002 MMRA minicup rulebook.

26.0          IGNITION SYSTEM

26.1        Altering the ignition timing from stock Honda GX390K1 specifications is not allowed. 

26.2             No alterations to the starter coil or other electrical parts are allowed.

26.3             Spark intensifiers are prohibited.

Rule 26.1 clearly states that ignition timing cannot be altered in any way.  Starting last season and into this season, several racers have been purchasing engines with advanced timing.   This can be done a number of ways with the most “creative” being a welded up and then re-cut crankshaft keyway.  Although many racers are familiar with the phrase “It ain’t cheatin unless you get caught”, the MMRA sees things differently.

This sport needs to keep the racers it has and attract new, novice racers to the fold.  When some racers cheat, it frustrates other racers and keeps new racers from joining the sport.  We do not respect nor will we tolerate cheating.

We recommend that ALL Regional Directors perform tech inspections of their front running cars every week and specifically check for these advanced timing motors.  If found, they should be treated just like any other form of blatant cheating such as cut heads, illegal fuel, or oversized pistons. 

The specific issue of advanced timing is such a problem that we will single this out for special treatment at the MMRA Nationals Presented by the U.S. Air Force.  Any racer caught with advanced timing BEFORE, DURING, OR AFTER any or all of the weekends events will be thrown out of the event.  In addition, they will receive a $300 fine and will not receive any MMRA regional race points or renew their membership until that fine is paid.

David Daniels