February 4, 2018
Want To Get Into Racing
How do you get started in racing? One of the best ways to get started in racing is to go to a local indoor karting track. For anywhere from $15-$50 you should be able to experience your first step in racing, indoor karting, to see if you like it. Probably the next inexpensive way to find out if you like racing is to get a simulator or racing game for your computer or video game console. If you like racing games more then likely your going to love to race in real life. Indoor karting is probably going to be the safest form of real life racing. Racing normally involves high speeds so the dangers of racing are real and one must realize this as a parent of a racer or as a child/teen/adult racer. Practice, safety equipment, and a well maintained vehicle are going to be your best friends to keeping yourself injury free.
You found out you like racing what's the next step? Well you might see if your indoor karting facility has leagues. Already in leagues and looking for the next step, check out how to get started in the sections to the left/top. This site focuses on open wheel racing however there are lots of different forms of racing, off-road, dirt, oval, sprint tracks, road courses, and street courses. Whatever form of racing you want to do the next step would be to visit your local track preferably on a practice day when racers and crews will have more time to answer your questions, but race days might be all that is going on in your area. Go to the race and get pit passes so you can ask questions and find out what classes are offered that interest you. Be careful and watch out for the race vehicles when you get a pit pass.
Some questions you might to want to ask are; How often do they offer practices and races? What other tracks are close by? What does a vehicle costs? What is a good beginner class? What is the most popular class? Having lots of competition makes racing much more fun and challenging. How much does it cost to race for a year? What kind of safety equipment do I need? What kind of equipment do I need to get to the track? What racing organizations sanction the races? What do I need to do to get a license to race? How old do I have to be to race? What are the weight limits? How many years has the class been around? You don't want a class that might be here today gone next year. Is this class offered other places in the USA/World? If you move you don't want to lose your investment and you may still want to race or you might like to vacation and race. That is just a few questions, once you start racing the questions will never stop. The fun thing about racing is your always learning.
First purchase. Probably start out with all your safety equipment first, your hauling equipment next (what it takes to get your vehicle to the track), and the vehicle for last. No sense in buying a vehicle and just having it sit there to wish you only had the money to go racing. As far as budget they normally say double whatever you've been thinking. Keep in mind if you buy new a lot of times the value of what you own after you purchased it probably just dropped 50%-75% so you might want to buy used equipment when you start, just be on the lookout for something that hasn't been crashed severely or has a twisted up chassis. Buyer beware.
After you have your first vehicle it's a good idea to go to the track with someone that has been there before to walk you through the ropes and preferably someone that can look over your vehicle to make sure it's safe. If you can practice with not many other drivers on the track for your first time that will be preferred. Also it's a good idea while your going through the process of looking to get into racing that you get yourself into good shape as racing is pretty demanding on the body depending what vehicle you pick plus high heat as racing normally takes place during the summer months, so do your best to get into shape and visit your doctor to make sure you are all ready to go. So you are out on the track take it easy, smooth is faster and remember vehicles are mechanical and electrical so things will break so be prepared to have spares for parts that might commonly break.
Racing is a family and friends sport, be a fair competitor follow the rules and enjoy the process. Hope to see you at the track! - PGFracing
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