MMRA Announcements & Future
There were several announcements at the East Grand National awards
banquet which have not been widely reported so we would like to repeat and
explain them here for everyone who was not at the banquet.
First, David Daniels, MMRA's National Director announced he will be
resigning from his position after the West Grand National race.
Although David has been an integral part of MMRA over the last 3 years, his
recent acquisition of the Baby Grands manufacturing business has demanded
his full attention. As such, going forward, he will have no role with
MMRA other than as a manufacturer, and car owner.
David's Baby Grands business which is based in Kentucky is completely
independent of MMRA which is a Virginia corporation. He has no
ownership interest in MMRA and has not ever loaned MMRA any money.
MMRA is strictly a sanctioning body which does not sell any cars, parts,
engines, etc. Our purpose is to promote the sport of minicup and Baby
Grand racing, with a goal of attracting major national sponsorship.
We wish David well and look forward to working with him to continue to
build our sport. Similarly, MMRA will work with our other partners such as
Extreme Engine Systems, Minicup Motorsports, NC Chassis, and Ultimate
Going forward, MMRA welcomes Lee Griffith aboard as our new National
Director. Lee has years of MMRA racing experience and has been ably
serving as an MMRA official at most of our Touring and Grand National events
this season. Lee has the experience, dedication, and loyalty to the
sport that will enable him to do a tremendous job for MMRA and we're excited
to have him on our team.
Secondly, some racers have been unsure about where to get accurate
information about MMRA policies, procedures, etc. The
www.MMRAracing.com website is the
sole and only source for this information. Nothing said by any MMRA
official - from regional directors to the president of MMRA, constitutes
policies or commitments by MMRA. If it is posted on the website, it is
correct, if not, it can not be relied upon. The good news is that
virtually everything we do is posted quickly and accurately on
from rulebooks, membership forms, schedules, purse info, etc. is readily
available here and MMRA recommends that all our racers get in the habit of
regularly checking the website for the latest information. This way,
all racers, regardless of their region, have access to the same information
at the same time. No one should rely on what they hear at the track or
from people (including MMRA officials) - the website is the authority in
Third, the MMRA Competition Committee has voted to allow racers to earn
points in all regional qualifier races, regardless of region during the 2005
season. This will be a great way for adjacent regions to coordinate
with and help each other. They can schedule their regional qualifiers
on non-conflicting weeks and then both areas will have higher car count.
The higher car counts should produce more excitement and attract more new
racers in both regions. This will be especially helpful out west where
we do not have a Touring series established yet. In 2005, if a racer
has a bad regional qualifier, he can go to another region and get a strong
score to replace the bad one in his home region. Finally, this will
also benefit racers in regions with low car count. Previously, this
made it difficult for them to earn high scores - now they can travel to
regional qualifiers in a nearby region and get strong scores toward the
Fourth, the MMRA Competition Committee has also voted to award one bonus
championship point to the fast qualifier in each division at every 2005
Touring and Grand National event. MMRA will still draw an invert pill
as described in the MMRA rulebook, but now there will be an advantage to
setting fast time. This will reward those who work hard and hit the
setup for our most prestigious events.
We hope this information has been helpful. We would also like to
again encourage all our racers to bookmark this website and check back
often. If you want to keep up to date,
www.MMRAracing.com is your source.
We'll see you at the track!