|Sport||Off road racing|
|Headquarters||P.O. Box 664|
Greenup, Illinois 62428
|Other key staff||Vice President: Brian Daffron|
Treasurer: Debbie Carlen
The Mid America Off Road Association (MAORA) is an American off road racing sanctioning. It has sanctioned off road racing events since 1972. Web site www.maoraracing.us
MAORA is a non-profit race sanctioning organization. MAORA was created in 1972 to organize off-road enthusiasts and generally promote the sport of off-road racing. MAORA offers two Driver's points series and sets the rules and regulations to be followed by racers, track owners and promoters. Club officers are elected annually by the membership.
MAORA has 2 divisions of classes. One is the "Pro" classes, with the other being "Trophy Classes." The pro classes usually feature the more experienced racers, with more technologically advanced vehicles, whereas the trophy classes feature a "run-what-you-brung" format, meaning almost no rules. The more novice racers generally race in the Trophy classes. The pro classes race for money, while top finishers in the trophy classes receive trophies. Although class descriptions do not say this, all vehicles MUST have approved fuel cells, roll cages, racing seats, and safety belts. All drivers must wear approved safety gear which includes fireproof suits and Snell approved helmets.
- Class 7E
- With the E standing for Economy, Class 7E is a fairly inexpensive route into off road racing. Very few modifications are allowed, and the trucks still must remain very close to stock. Engine modifications are all but banned, and suspension parts must remain stock, and in stock location. Class 7E is a pro class.
- Class 7S
- Class 7X
- This is MAORA's Trophy Class for mini trucks. As per MAORA rules, Class 7X trucks must remain almost bone stock, with exceptions for safety items, such as the addition of racing seats, roll cages, fuel cells, and battery placement. All suspension pieces must remain stock, as well as all driveline components. They must also retain stock frames, and stock bodies, as well as retaining opening doors.
- Class 10
- One of MAORA's newest classes, Class 10 is an almost unlimited buggy class. All that is required is that the engine have no more than 4 cylinders.
- Class 1-2 1600
Proposed and former Classes
Side by Side
- There is a movement in MAORA to start a class of race vehicles designed around popular Side by Side (UTV) vehicles, such as those offered by Yamaha, Polaris, Arctic Cat, and Kawasaki. The class is very popular in other off-road racing series throughout the US.
Types of Races
- Short Course
- Short-course racing generally takes place on relatively short (usually under 1 mile) long. The races are a specified number of laps, usually 10. Each class will race 3 "heats." The best average finish in all 3 heats is declared the winner of the event.
- Enduro races are the Midwest's answer to desert off road racing. These events take place on long tracks, usually between 1-mile (1.6 km), and 5 miles (8.0 km) long. These races are run very much like desert races, in that all of the cars are on the track at the same time, but start at different intervals. These races are raced for a period of time, as opposed to being a specified number of laps. A normal Enduro race is 3 hours.