Dream Of Being A Race Car Driver? Here Are 10 Steps To Getting Started!

April 23, 2013 Off By Humberto Byrn

The most important quality that successful race car drivers share is determination. They do whatever it takes to get the job done. If you want to be a race car driver, here are ten things that you can do to achieve your goal.
1. Read books.

Read magazines and internet articles on racing, race cars and mechanics. Start with any libraries you have access to, and buy books only when you have internalized everything you can get for free. Watch videos as well.
2. Save money.

Racing is an expensive hobby at any level. You will need personal safety equipment before you get into a car at all, and after that things get even more expensive. Keep the day job and put away every spare penny.
3. Haunt a local track.

Dirt tracks and short strips are great places to start. Spend all the time you can there, watching everything that happens and talking to anyone who is willing to talk to you. Learn from the peoples who are already doing it, particularly when you have specific questions.
4. Volunteer at that local track.

Taking tickets or cleaning or anything. Or find a struggling, short-handed crew and help out. The key work here is “volunteer.” Do not expect money, instruction or anything in return.
5. Learn auto mechanics.

You need to know everything you can about how every system in a car works. Knowing what is happening with the car will make you a better driver. It will also be a considerable help if you race on a shoestring and have to pitch in to get the car in shape.
6. Get yourself in shape.

Driving a race car is a strenuous experience involving long stretches of time with no breaks in extreme temperatures. You need to build your endurance in order to be up to the task. Also, every pound a car has to carry slows it down, so losing weight is important if you want to win.
7. Get as much education as you can.

Particularly in public speaking and in business. In order to race at more than the local level, you will need sponsorship, and sponsors are much more likely to give their money to a well-spoken driver who follows good accounting practices.
8. Get track time.

Some put their street vehicle in appropriate classes, some compete with go karts, and others rent vehicles. The secret is to get behind the wheel on a track with other cars and learn everything possible from the experience.
9. Make a business plan.

Determine the point at which you can afford to buy a car and how much you will have to pay your team. If you will need sponsorship, start thinking about whom to approach.
10. Consider a racing school.

But only if it teaches the type of racing you do and only if its graduates seem to know what they are doing. In any case, put off the school until you have enough track time to get the most out of it.

For many participants, driving a race car remains a hobby or a vocation rather than a profession. The drivers who move up are those that take the time to learn the business both on and off the track.