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.


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

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.

Autocross Stuff (a.k.a. Solo)

Racer Boy: Autocrossing 101 – Rob Krider

SFR SCCA Solo – Official Site

Other Autocross Clubs:

American Autocross Series –
BMW Car Club of America –
Golden Gate Lotus Club –

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.

Track Night in America – Official Site

Here are some other track day options:

NASA High Performance Driving Event (HPDE)