It's that time of year again, when all of the warm weather auto racing series are preparing for the winter hiatus before the new seasons begin. What is the die-hard racer to do? Weâ€™ve got an idea... The Michigan Ice Racing Association ...
It's that time of year again, when all of the warm weather auto racing series are preparing for the winter hiatus before the new seasons begin. What is the die-hard racer to do? We’ve got an idea...
The Michigan Ice Racing Association (MIRA) is proud to announce its 15th straight year of ice racing. MIRA seeks participants, press, and spectators to join us in one of the most accessible and enjoyable forms of wheel-to-wheel automobile competition. If you enjoy summer racing, you are going to love this.
What is ice racing? Ice racing is similar to other forms of automobile racing, where racers drive a specified number of laps around a track. However, the competition takes place on ice and, for that reason, during the winter. The cars must be street-legal, 2-wheel drive vehicles, with some modifications required for safety. Basically, all one needs to compete is a car, a helmet, a fire extinguisher, and a driver license. Better yet, two different drivers may compete (separately) in the same class using the same vehicle.
There are three classes in MIRA, and all competition is within class, although more than one class (A and B) may be on the ice simultaneously. Class A consists of cars running "rubber-to-ice" (i.e. tires without studs) with the engine over the drive wheels; in most cases, this means front-wheel drive. Class B consists of front-engine, rear-wheel drive cars running rubber-to-ice. Class C consists of any car running studded tires, but a driver must have a year of racing experience (MIRA or otherwise) to compete in this class.
The tracks are set each weekend by the race chairperson, and marked by stacks of tires. These tracks vary from about 1/4 mile to over a mile in length, and the shape may vary as well. Each driver will compete in either two or three races on each race day, so there is plenty of action. It is not unusual for cars to exceed 50 miles per hour on a fast day. There is often some incidental contact during races, and this can add to the excitement.
The Michigan Ice Racing Association, Inc. was formed in 1982 as an organization to promote wheel-to-wheel ice racing. MIRA provides rules, insurance, and locations for ice races while maintaining a commitment to a clean environment. For more information, including competition rules and schedule, please contact us at IceRacing@aol.com, or write to:
Michigan Ice Racing Association, Inc. 6555 96th Avenue Zeeland, Michigan 49464
MIRA invites all racers and race fans to come join the fun!