Think you have what it takes to be the next big thing in professional car racing? Here’s how to get started.
Step 1: Start with a go-kart Begin with go-kart racing; that’s how many IndyCar series drivers get their start. Buy a kart and find a kart club to join through the World Karting Association.
Step 2: Be assertive Be assertive, persistent, and competitive, on and off the track. A study of champion car racers showed that those were the personality traits that separated the winners from the losers.
TIP: When you can’t be on the track, sharpen your skills on motor-sport video games.
Step 3: Be physically fit Get fit. Like any other sport, car racing requires participants to be in peak physical condition. Most professional car racers work out about two hours a day.
Step 4: Consider a driving school Consider taking a training course at a driving school.
Step 5: Volunteer at a race track Volunteer at a race track or for a race team. Connections are important.
TIP: If you’re a member of a minority group, check out the NASCAR program Drive for Diversity, which is dedicated to helping minorities break into the sport.
Step 6: Find a sponsor Find a sponsor. Car racing is an expensive hobby, and turning it into a career takes either personal wealth or a sponsor with deep pockets.
Step 7: Get on-track experience Gain on-track experience by joining a school race series and/or attending driving days sponsored by car clubs.
Step 8: Drive as often as you can Compete as often as you can. If you begin to win races, teams, sponsors, and success will follow.
FACT: Forty percent of NASCAR's fan base is female.