Are you thinking of getting into drag racing? If you are, here are a few things to help get you from the garage to the tracks in just a few steps.
One thing you must be sure of if you are considering drag racing is that it is a dangerous sport. I am sure you are well aware of that but take it to heart and know the risks. It is estimated that about 22 people a year die at a racetrack, be it a driver or a fan. That is only of those that are recorded. Many others suffer fatalities in illegal, undocumented races. Know that the dangers are out there and are very real!
With that settled, it’s time to figure out what you will need to get started. Of course, you need something to race. Knowing the nuts and bolts about a fast car (or any vehicle) is key. If you don’t know, do some research or employ the knowledge of someone who does know.
You will need to know how to work on your racing vehicle or have access to someone who is mechanical. There is a lot of upkeep that comes along with racing. Plus, you will want to constantly be making it better and faster.
Know the rules. There’s more to drag racing than just getting out on the track and speeding down to the finish line. You are going to need to study up on the rules and regulations so you don’t get disqualified and so you have an upper edge.
You will also want to become familiar with the tricks of the trade. Talk to those who have raced for a good period of time and find out the easy way the things they had to learn the hard way. You may also want to search online for advice and for sure, subscribe to all the racing magazines you can.
Spending time in the pit is a great way to learn more. You can volunteer to help out and you’ll really get a feel for what goes on behind the scenes. It’s exciting to be a part of the team and it’s very helpful to your racing endeavors as well.
Taking classes is a good option for aspiring drivers. Many of the speedways offer driving courses at very affordable rates and most have different levels of instructions so you can start at the bottom and advance. There’s nothing like hands-on training by a professional in a safe setting.
You will need to acquire the gear you need. Different types of racing require different equipment so find out what type you will need for your particular interest. All will have safety gear but which kind will vary so find out for sure what you need and accumulate it as you can.
Amateur races are a good way to start out. You will have much less pressure in these races and can learn tremendously from your own trial and error. Once you get good at it, you can begin to move up in the ranks and eventually, hopefully get a sponsor which will help you afford the things needed to go from good to great.