The world of car racing is all about the smell of burning rubber, the power of screaming engines and a whole bunch of adrenaline flowing through our engines. Everyone watches those Formula One guys race around the track and wishes of doing it themselves. However, with our jobs and lives, it might be hard to get into the sport if you aren't in it by an extremely early age. Car racing, however, isn't just about Formula One and there are plenty of things out there that you can become a part of even if you aren't dedicated to it 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
There is a general belief that to become a racing driver, you need to have a lot of money to begin with. After all, when you begin at the age of 5 or 6, in Kart racing, you cannot really do so unless you have your own Kart. Having your own Kart also means owning the equipment required to repair it and maintain it, which does not come cheap. That makes you wonder how you can get into racing in the first place, without even getting to the point of hitting the heights of Formula One.
The Starting Point in Car Racing
If you want to take your first steps into the world of car racing, then the place you choose as your starting point is dependent on your age. For extremely young children, Kart racing is the best place to begin because of its slower speeds and greater degree of control. If you are older, then the best thing to do is try your hand out at track days first. There are racing tracks all over the country where you have open-track days, where you just get your car along, pay the fee and hit the tracks.
Your time is recorded and given to you as a receipt of your track day performance and if you are good out there, you might even get scouted by some racing team. Of course, your time is unlikely to be incredible if you don't have a decent car under you and that can be detrimental to your chances of getting picked by a professional racing team.
Alternately, there are many racing competitions where you can enter with your own car, with modifications to meet the regulations of course, and then you can become a part of stock-car racing competitions on rally- or track-racing formats. Normally, all you need to do is meet the minimum requirements in terms of the fittings on the car and then, pay the entry fee. Of course, you will need a racing license to take part in any official competitions and information to obtain the license can be obtained from your local motorsport racing association's website.
Preparing for Car Racing
Besides your own individual preparation for the race, you need to do a lot of other things, especially to the car, to make it race-worthy. This will include things like lowering the car's weight to meet the maximum and minimum weight requirements of the category you are participating in. To meet the safety regulations, you will need to install a roll-cage into your car and put in a fire extinguisher as well as a fuel cut-off system to prevent fires and explosions due to it.
Every racing category and competition has its own requirements in terms of safety standards and you are required to meet them all if you are willing to become a part of it. That might require some tools and a garage where you can get the job done. You might even need to hire a few people who know or specialize in fixing up cars for races like these. Getting them will also cost money and that is where sponsors come in.
If you are involved regularly in car racing and are good at it, you shouldn't have a problem in getting someone to sponsor you in these local races. This will allow you to get the kind of money you need to get past that hurdle. They will become your team and that is how you can compete in any kind of competition at any level. In fact, that is how most racing teams in the professional stock-car or rally circuit get there as well. If you are good enough, have the license and a car that meets the requirements, then you too can race in any competition you choose.
Car racing will always be one of the most incredible thrills that we will experience in our lives. The thrill of speed under safe and controlled conditions is about as good as it gets. However, getting into car racing without adequate skill or without the necessary safety equipment is dangerous and you shouldn't attempt it without the right kind of experience or guidance. Car racing is a fun sport and you should always keep it like that - make sure you stay within the rules and make car racing safe for yourself and for others.