posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 05:05 PM
Firstly, kudos for your enthusiasm but you will need to start winning races before sponsors will take a look at you (so they know they are making a
good investment). Also from the sounds of it you need some track experience before you can start partaking in races.
Dodging traffic and cutting corners is vastly different to circuit racing and unfortunately there aren't any "fast tracks" to success or paths that
don't involve living on ramen while the rest of your income gets sunk into your car. For circuit racing you will need to know not only the various
racing techniques (left foot braking, heel-toe, double clutching, slow in fast out, lift-off oversteer etc) but you will also need to know how to set
your car up (suspension, tire selection, chassis re-inforcement, strengthening & tuning the engine so it doesn't grenade on you etc).
I'm in a similar boat, I want to get into circuit racing but after doing all the figures, I just simply can't afford it. You will need a junker car
to start off with (Miata, Cyborg Mirage or a Civic with a B18/K24 swap are good starting points), along with all the tools to repair the beating it's
going to take. You'll also need to know how to build/modify an engine (even if you don't modify it yourself you still need to know what you're
talking about), fix body panels and repair fibreglass. Joining a car club can help if you don't know how to do any of the above (like me).
You also need to make sure the car you race isn't your daily driver. If it is then you're going to be in a world of hurt because you'll be blowing
the engine and destroying body panels on a semi-frequent basis (cable ties are your friend ^_^). Once you get serious you'll want to turn your beater
into a full blown track car. That's going to make it unroadworthy, so at that point you'll need to buy a trailer to get it to the track. You will
also need to budget at least 2 sets of tires for each race, 2 tanks of gas and 'emergency money' in case you need to hire a tow truck to get it
If you have a good mate you might be able to save costs by going 50/50 in a car but be prepared for arguments over who pays for repairs... all in all
if you want to be a race driver, racing has to be your lifestyle, not a hobby due to the financial burdens it will put on you until such times as
you've proven yourself worthy of being sponsored. Be prepared to get in lots of debt, live on noodles/canned food and work two jobs..one to pay
bills, one to pay for the car