“The best way to make a small fortune in racing is to start with a big one.”
You don’t get into auto racing to make money. If you try, you quickly learn that it doesn’t really work that way. That said, with some careful spending, strategy, and restraint it’s more than possible to have a great time in a car without living out of your car. The most important thing is that YOU can drive.
If you asked me 10 or 15 years ago, I would have told you I wish I was born early enough to watch greats like Dan Gurney and Sam Posey tearing up Lime Rock Park in 1970. I really wanted to be a spectator for that classic era of roaring v8’s.
It’s a good thing we don’t always get what we wish for.
Fast forward to today: I’m 30 years old, I’ve been driving for 15 years and have been participating in some form of motorsports for the past 11. My experience isn’t extraordinary, I’m not some outstanding driver or amazingly smart person, and I’m certainly no “Pro”. I’ve been on the right end of some really good luck, met some incredible people, worked hard, and played to my strengths to get to what I think is the best possible place in the motorsports world. My goals have continued to grow and I’ve gotten to a point that I wouldn’t have been able to imagine 10 years ago. All this I’ve been able to do while building and maintaining a career, family, and without spending every penny I’ve ever earned.
Most importantly, I’m incredibly happy with where I am. Sure I have plenty of growth planned for both my driving and my equipment. But right now I’m having an amazing time, I have an incredible group of very close friends, and I get to race on the legendary race tracks that just a few years ago I wouldn’t have imagined was possible.
One thing that is clear: We are in a golden era of club motorsports. There are so many clubs operating at so many great tracks across the country. Information is everywhere from which clubs are on what track, how to prep your car, and what to expect at your first day. Take advantage of it now, because who knows how long this will all last.
Why is my angle all about doing this on the cheap?
We used to joke that my wife and I are one of those “opposites attract” couples. We met in college while I was studying to become an art teacher and she an accountant. I’m an extrovert, she’s an introvert. I spend money, she saves it. My car hobby is a “normal” one, but hers is less mainstream. She spends her time making spreadsheets, investing, and researching retirement plans.
With her help, guidance, and encouragement I’ve been able to do countless track days all while we were paying down student loans, buying a home, and growing our family.
This blog has 2 main goals:
1: Get YOU out there
You can get yourself on a racetrack without spending a ton of money… You can probably even bring the car that you drive RIGHT now, as is…. No need to “Build it up”
2: Show you some ways to get out there without spending a fortune.
There are a ton of money traps out there, I’ll have some tips to avoid a few