How-To Get Started in Motorsports

I figure that this would be a good time to make this post as I’ll probably forget in the future.

Tonight, I ended up striking a conversation with a few fellow patron at the pool hall. He had happened to see the SCCA Solo logo on my SCCA (non-Champion) jacket, and inquired about the Sports Car Club. We talked about a lot of things, but I think this is a great place to start.

The hardest thing about getting started in motorsports is actually getting your foot through the door and actually trying it. Full disclosure: I am heavily biased to autocrossing, but I’ll try my best to provide several avenues to explore to getting started. With that said, everyone is a little different. Check these links out and choose your poison. There are plenty of options and I am sure that there is one that will fit your time commitment, skill level, and/or budget.

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2015 SFR Solo Slush 2 – Picture by Ric Quinonez

Go ahead… choose your poison! Drift. Drag. Autocross. Rallycross. Karting. Track. Or all of them?!

General Racing Stuff

QOTD: How Can I Drive My Car on a Race Track – Alex Lloyd
https://www.yahoo.com/autos/question-of-the-day-how-can-i-drive-my-car-on-a-125953790117.html

Driving Line: 10 Ways to Get Started in Racing

I don’t agree with this whole list, but still worthwhile to take a look at.
http://www.drivingline.com/articles/10-ways-to-get-a-start-in-racing/

Autocross Stuff (a.k.a. Solo)

Racer Boy: Autocrossing 101 – Rob Krider
http://www.speedsportlife.com/2009/05/26/racer-boy-autocrossing-101-or-how-to-kill-cones/

SFR SCCA Solo – Official Site
http://www.sfrautox.com/

Other Autocross Clubs:

American Autocross Series – http://www.americanautox.com/
BMW Car Club of America – http://ggcbmwcca.org/
Golden Gate Lotus Club – http://www.gglotus.org/

Track Day Stuff

Here are three online articles about SCCA’s Track Night in America. If you are interested in performance driving your street car on a race track, this is a great place to start.

http://www.windingroad.com/articles/blogs/the-guide-to-getting-started-in-road-racing-part-11-track-night-in-america/

http://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/a25995/try-the-sccas-low-cost-no-instructors-no-hassle-track-night-in-america/

http://blackflag.jalopnik.com/track-night-in-america-is-like-happy-hour-for-track-r-1692330256

Track Night in America – Official Site
http://www.tracknightinamerica.com/

Here are some other track day options:

NASA High Performance Driving Event (HPDE)
https://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/

NCRC
http://www.ncracing.org/

 

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Finally… The Slush Videos

Slush 2

Work sent me off to China for two weeks for training. I arrived home the day before the event, and was racing despite the jet lag. Not even 24 hours in the country…

Slush 3

Drove a supercharged FR-S this event. Here’s my fastest run, and the car’s owner’s fastest run.

Slush 4

Last event of the season. Ended up driving the BRZ. I brought a knife to a gunfight, but figured it was more important to have a safe and comfortable car than to drive my Impreza that has expired registration.

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December 2015 Update

First of all, just wanted to apologize to everyone about being so bad about the updates. The last two months have been super busy. As I have a few spare minutes at work, I just wanted to share a few updates with everyone.

The 2015 season has come to an end. Great season! Got a ton of autocross in. I attended every SFR SCCA event except for Boondoggle plus a bunch of other events with other clubs. Yes, I know. I have a problem. 😛

I’ll have the videos of Slush 2, 3 and 4 posted up here pretty soon. They’ve already been uploaded to Facebook and YouTube and just need to be linked here.

I’ve also finally caved in and bought a Black Armor helmet. It is AWESOME! I put a deposit down some time ago, and but just finally bit the bullet and finalized the order. I doubt I will do a review of it, but maybe I’ll post a “walk around” of the helmet for other people who might be interested.

I think that’s all for now!

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