How Hard Is It To Get Out Of Austin Speedway? [Ultimate Guide!]

Welcome to the next installment of the series of articles detailing the ins and outs of making it in the world of motorsport. In the previous article, we examined the ins and outs of making it as a professional race car driver in the United States and the world over. Now, let’s dive into the next phase of your motorsport education: getting into racing. Specifically, let’s examine the challenges and hoops you need to jump through to make the transition from wannabe race car driver to full-fledged professional.

The Next Level

So you want to be a race car driver. Fantastic! No big deal. The next step is to decide which racing league you want to compete in. The biggest difference between racing leagues is how competitive they are. A lower-tier racing league may not be as competitive as a higher-tiered one, but it’ll also cost you much less to compete there. The upside of entering a lower-tiered racing league is that your expenses are likely to be covered by somebody: either the race organizers or the league itself. As a result, you don’t need to worry about paying for lodging and travel to and from your races. If you’re getting paid to race, you may also get a vehicle allowance, depending on the league you’re in. Overall, if you want to be a professional race car driver, competing in lower-tiered racing leagues may be the way to go.

The American Racing League

If you’re even halfway decent, you’ll most likely end up in the hands of some of the best professionals in the country as your manager. This is where things get tricky. As a driver looking to make the jump to racing, you’ll have to decide whether or not to sign with one of the established racing departments or independent contractors. Established racing departments will often have an assigned race team that they will use to compete in various events throughout the year. While this may be appealing because it means you’ll have a steady job, it also means you’ll be going nowhere fast. A better option is to sign with an independent contractor. These are companies that are in the business of finding the next big thing and helping them make the transition to professional racing. Typically, they have dozens of drivers who are all trying to make the next step. Getting picked by an independent contractor is a great way to go fast in the relatively unorganized American Racing League. One cautionary tale: don’t underestimate the power of an established racing department. They may seem like your friend, but they’re often just using you to gain access to the higher-ups. Once you gain their trust, though, they’ll do everything in their power to help you succeed. Just make sure you’re not getting fooled twice!

Getting A Place To Ride

If you’re reading this, I assume you’re either a) a high school graduate or b) just finished high school. Congratulations! You’re almost ready to be a professional race car driver. What comes next is the matter of buying a car. Not just any car will suffice, however. If you want to be seen on the racetrack, you’ll need a car that can pull a respectable lap time. This brings us to our next point: budget. Buying a fast car is usually much cheaper than paying for professional coaching. Your first step should be to speak to your local high school or college athletic department. They’ll know of somebody who needs a driver for this or that event. To continue receiving assistance, you may need to start looking at buying a car with some wiggle room. After all, you’ll most likely be driving it on a regular basis. That means gas bills will add up quick. In addition to this, having some extra money to spend on gear and other necessary items will undoubtedly make you feel like a much better driver. Even more important, you’ll feel like you can tackle any situation that comes your way. Worry not, as this stage will pass and you’ll be off and racing before you know it. Just remember: never underestimate the power of a good drive!]

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