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How to get into racing

Bongo667 Bongo667
I watched NASCAR once | Posts: 1 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 03/09/07
03:59 PM

Hey all you guys and girls out there. I have been around race cars and street rods and racers my whole life. I am looking for any advise anyone can give me on getting into the driver seat of a race car. I have a buddy of mine that works for a race team but he keeps pushing the subject like he's afraid to ask if I can try out for the team. It is a 4 cylinder class. That is actually where I want to start out. The reason I don't just buy my own way in is that money is really tight and I would rather start off driving for someone else.  Any advise would be greatly appreciated.  

rebelracer07 rebelracer07
I watched NASCAR once | Posts: 1 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 03/10/07
10:18 PM

Im not sure how much help i can be...Im also new to racing, only i race a purestock monte carlo with a 305 V-8.I planned on racing a 4-cylinder compact but found this car cheap so decided to jump right into the bigger class.If i was you i would get into the drivers seat one night and see how you like it.If its something you think you will enjoy doing...try to put some money back and build a car of your own.I wish i could be more help but like i kinda new at this still.  

rmkryan rmkryan
I watched NASCAR once | Posts: 10 | Joined: 09/07
Posted: 09/18/07
11:05 AM

I think it's best to start in a four cylinder. It's inexpensive and a good place to learn, but if you don't know if you're good at something until you try, so getting into something a bit peppier won't hurt, just will need lots of seat time. I want to jump into a mod... but I'm not sure if I should myself... Thinking four banger might be best to see if I'm good at that.  

Bat_21 Bat_21
I watched NASCAR once | Posts: 1 | Joined: 09/07
Posted: 09/26/07
07:29 PM

Well, diving ALL THE WAY IN myself.  Hung out with my buddy all year, he's racing Modified 1/2 mile.  So, just bought a Lefthander (same make as my buddy so we can exchange spare parts) and building a motor.  406 small block, gonna have bout 7K in it when I'm done.  Had a powerglide built for it (I have a bit of a disability (can't use a clutch)).  Matter of fact, that's my first sponsor, trans guy threw in all his labor, so got a glide with direct drive for 800 bucks (instead of the 1,250 he had on the bill.
Sure hope I can handle it!  Been a cop all my life (retired now) and been through all the schools and more than a few high speed pursuits, did pretty good, so I think I'll like it.  Never been on the track yet!
Gonna try out that new Comp Cams Outlaw 4&7 swap for traction control!!


jrjackson jrjackson
I watched NASCAR once | Posts: 8 | Joined: 10/07
Posted: 10/15/07
04:54 PM

I've been around racing my whole life which hasn't been very long I'm 21. my dad builds the heads for Rod Fuller in the Catipiler top fueler and he has worked on alphalt circle track cars for as long as I can remember I tried to get in someone elses car for awhile but couldn't find someone that wanted to foot the bill for a rookie so I started real small I bought and built what they call a hornet car. A completly stock 4 cyl car without the glass and lights, throw in the safty equipment and go racing. Granted it isn't the same, it will let you get started. I've been driving for 4 yrs now and have a mini stock or super mini depending on were you are racing. The main thing is to get behind the wheel, you can progress as your budget and skill does. That will keep you racing until you catch a break and someone gives you a ride. I'm still waiting for mine. I'm also looking for a pro 4 or late model light depending on were you are if anyone has a roller or one they wanna sell for cheap call me 208-695-9006 thanks hope this helps and the most important thing is just to get racing.  

flraceguy flraceguy
I watched NASCAR once | Posts: 4 | Joined: 02/07
Posted: 04/17/08
04:34 PM

Racing is one of those things that for the most part if you get into it and like it, one becomes hooked...  I started out a bunch of years ago just going and then I helped in the pits and so on and so on...  Then A friend of mine broke an appendage and whoopee.. I got in to a Super Stock, and damn it all, I loved it...  Over the years, I have driven strictly stock up to Late mods and love them all...  Although I have this problem, I love to go fast (living and driving in Germany really fueled that...  Have been out of racing for a couple of years due to a divorce amongst other difficulties...  Enough of that garbage...  Go to the track, meet some race guys and gals, Just listen, you would be surprised at how often someone is selling a car due to different reasons, and alot of times really cheap that is already legal at your local track...  That way you can get into it relatively cheaply and you also don't have to worry about breaking the rules right away...  

Also, take the time to talk to senior drivers and ASK for help, alot of times guys in higher divisions would love to help out...  The racing family is a great thing...  

PS...  Finally getting back into it again...  Anybody have anything they want to sell in and around Florida, drop me a note, you never know..