I met Dave at the 2003 Summit Point Double Regional in West Virginia. Great guy who has written a book on how to get started in road racing on a budget.
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Quote from Dave's websiteIn this book you?ll learn:
? What you can expect when entering the world of racing
? How much it costs to go racing - included are actual costs and budgets!
? Insider tips to save time and money
? How safe is racing and what can be done to make it safer
? Steps on building or purchasing a racecar
? How to become a front running driver
And much, much more
I am often amused by the high costs that people claim are necessary to club race. When I hear people wanting to get involved in racing seek advice, these high cost estimates change from amusing to frustrating. Often potential racers become discouraged, believing they cannot afford to race. This was one of my primary motivations for writing this book. I was misled about the costs and other hurdles involved in racing, and I therefore put aside my racing dreams for several years. There are also people who have the financial resources to race, but simply don?t know how to make racing a reality. Looking back now, it would have been beneficial to have had a resource to aid me in the pursuit of racing and to provide guidance about what it really takes to club race. This book will guide you in achieving your racing dreams on a wide range of financial budgets.
Racing is often referred to as a rich man?s sport, but it certainly does not have to be. Before beginning my racing career, I spoke with many drivers while at various events as a spectator about how I could begin racing. I was shocked to hear that it could very easily cost $1,500 to race a single weekend event. Many people even told me that $1,500 would be a cheap weekend. This led to my next question. How much would it cost for a racecar? The answer for an ?entry level? racecar started at $8,000 and quickly went up from there. At first I thought I was just asking the wrong people, so I continued talking with other drivers about the associated costs. I would walk away dejected thinking about the ?cheap race weekend? and how there was no way I could afford to race at these costs. Needless to say, after a while I began to believe that this was the reality, which started to tear away at my dreams of racing. Some of my friends who also grew up dreaming about racing, told me that I just need to accept things as they are ? you need to be born into racing or be very wealthy. I continued attending races and sat on the sidelines watching others do what I dreamed of doing for a few more years. I kept thinking that someday I would figure out how to begin racing.
One year I joined the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). For some crazy reason, I thought that somehow a revelation would just hit me and I would be given the knowledge and advice I so desperately wanted. That never happened. Several months later, while watching the Daytona 500, I was overcome with the need to find a way to race - and I did. I found a way to race on a much lower budget ? my budget! Because there were so few resources to turn to, this journey often led to learning the hard way and making many mistakes. Can an affordable wheel-to-wheel racing hobby be possible for the average Joe? Sure it can. I still can?t help but wonder what a $1,500 weekend would be like. Hmm?a new set of the best tires for each race, a driving coach, a paid chef to prepare our meals (filet mignon and fine wine for the crew, of course), and a mechanic to work on the car between sessions. All right, maybe I am stretching things here, but you get the point. An exciting race weekend does not have to cost $1,500.
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