MMRA PRO DIVISION ANNOUNCED
As many racers know, MMRA has been looking to develop a new PRO Division
for some time. We wanted to provide a "next step" from our Open
Division, particularly for our talented kids. With only minicups in
our stable, we were losing our best and brightest too quickly to other
After testing various versions of a "modified" minicup car, we decided
the minicup chassis would simply not be safe at the speeds we were seeing.
Although all racing has an element of danger, we didn't want to change the
excellent safety record of MMRA racing with a dangerous car.
With our modified minicup project off the table, we decided to look at
what other cars were already out there that we would be able to possibly
partner with. In the end, we decided the best option was the Baby
Grand racecar. These cars are built better than any we have seen, they
have an excellent safety record, and they run the same screaming Yamaha
motor that has been so successful in Legends racing. Unlike legends
however, they have a full rollcage and a quick change rear end just like a
Late Model car. They have been proven both on ovals and road courses
and everyone we spoke with that races them, loves the car.
In the great tradition of MMRA then, here is an FAQ section:
1. Will MMRA still have minicups?
Of course - our commitment to minicups has not changed. Although we
were mainly interested in the "move-up" concept, we believe having the new
PRO Division will actually help minicups as well. Potential new racers
will see we have a complete package now and will be more likely to come on
board, possibly starting in minicups.
2. Where will the PRO Division race?
Baby Grands have been racing across the country for years and that will
not change. Some areas, like Indiana and Northern California have Baby
Grands in the same areas as our minicup programs. In these areas, MMRA
hopes the schedules of minicups and Baby Grands can be "packaged" as much as
possible. In other areas, we may only have minicups or only have Baby
Grands. The actual Baby Grand "regions" are under development now and
MMRA hopes to have them firmed up within the next few months.
3. Can I race Open and PRO Divisions?
Yes - unlike the past when a racer could only race Future Stars OR Open
Division, MMRA will allow membership in both the Open and PRO Divisions.
If you want to do this, you will have to "join" MMRA twice using both an
Open Division and a PRO Division membership form.
4. What ages are allowed in the new PRO Division?
MMRA will allow all adults, and kids from age 14 on up. In the case
of kids - they must have a minimum of 4 years documented racing experience
at a level acceptable to MMRA to compete. For example, 4 years in
quarter midgets will not qualify - Legends experience would.
5. How much do Baby Grand cars cost?
Brand new Baby Grand cars cost approximately $16,000 but there are many
used ones available for as little as $7500.
6. Where can I buy one?
www.babygrandracing.com which features car specifications as well as a
classified area for available used cars.
7. How will the points for the PRO Division work?
The new PRO Division will use the same 2004 points structure as our
8. What is the PRO Division schedule?
MMRA will include the new PRO Division at all our Touring and Grand
National races. In addition, there is a special Speedweeks kickoff
race for the PRO Division at Orlando Speedworld Feb 12-14, 2004. For
more information about this race, visit the "Touring Series" racing link on the
left side of this page. Local PRO Division schedules will be worked
out by regional directors for the PRO Division and posted on this website
just like the minicup schedules.
9. Will PRO Division champions be crowned?
Yes - now MMRA will crown a total of 6 champions. East and West
Future Stars, Open, and PRO Divisions.
10. Who is "in charge" of the PRO Division?
The same MMRA staff will operate both our traditional minicup divisions
and the new PRO Division. At Touring and Grand National events, we
will have different tech inspectors for the two groups of cars because they
are totally different but the management, policies, and procedures will be
11. When will the PRO Division rulebook be posted?
That is in development right now. The technical specs for the Baby
Grand cars will not change from their 2003 program but the new MMRA Code of
Conduct and other policies and procedures from minicups will be applied to
the PRO Division as well. We will get the complete PRO Division
rulebook posted as soon as possible.