Attain a High-Octane Life on the Racing Circuit
That high-velocity rush of racing on the track, the jolts of adrenaline and the roar of the engine all merge to form the ideal racing experience. It takes a great deal of time and money to enter the racing world, but once you take these steps, you’ll be well on your way to experiencing the high-octane life of a racer.
Build Your Own Race Car
It may be wiser to rent a car until you’re ready for professional races, but for those who are dead set on building their own racer, here’s how to get it done:
- Research what car class best fits your interests and goals. Depending on the class, rules and regulations will differ. Be completely cognizant of the legalities and acceptable car types of each class.
- This is likely to be an expensive undertaking, so outline a budget. Different classes will cost more than others, so it may be in your best interests to choose the cheapest class. Start with showroom-car racing and work up to speedway racing if your finances are low.
- Scrounge used car lots and Craigslist for a basic car in working condition. You shouldn’t have to spend any more than one grand.
- The lesser your car weighs, the faster it will go, so strip your car’s interior of anything while adhering to the rules and regulations.
- Install the required window net, roll cage and five-point harness. The car will most likely need to be replaced with a powerful engine and better brakes among other components. Focus on fulfilling the car class rules before you make further modifications. Invest in some discount Falken tires or other quality tires to rule the track.
- Find other racing enthusiasts via networking on the Internet. Ask their opinions on the best parts, paint jobs and services for your car. This may come at a later stage after driving school, but you can look into finding a sponsor to financially back your racing odyssey.
- The entire vehicle has to be completely ready prior to the race. If the car is no longer street legal, you’ll have to tow it to the track or hire a company to take care of its transportation.
You’ll first want to join the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), National Auto Sport Association (NASA) or another racing institution. Once you obtain a Novice Permit, apply for an SCCA or SCCA-approved driver school. Prepare your racing gear, helmet, gloves and shoes before hitting the track. Achieve the novice rank with successful completion of the school’s requirements. Prior to applying for a National Competition License, you’ll need to complete four regional races. To zoom further up the racing circuit, complete a few National races, and you can apply for an SCCA Pro Racing license to contend with some of the best in series like the SCCA Trans-Am.