Originally Posted by Ryan
What race class does your car qualify for?
Seems like every other year or so I start looking into touring car racing, having seen some decent racecars (M3's) go used for $27k. But by the time I start digging into SCCA and frankly get a little overwhelmed, I lean back toward shifter carts. SCCA is clearly setup for the initiated. I guess some may say the same for skiing the course too. Each time I take a huge step back, go skiing and look for ways to goose my retirement instead - boring I know. Racing is hard to justify until I find that magic job/buy a co. where I work fewer hours.
That is "DSR" or "D Sports Racing". Mind you I have spent 20 years to get to this position now. Buy, race, rebuild, race, sell, repeat. It is much cheaper to buy a car pre-built but there are classes and/or cars for all kinds of budgets. I was doing nationals but took a step back to MidwesternCouncil (cheaper) to learn the new car. My first car was (ugh) a pinto...race...car....
We live quite modestly (my truck has 100k+ miles, daily driver has 110k+) Boat only cost me about 4k... and with my understanding wife helps too. And by doing everything yourself, you can save a lot. I run on used tires ($200 a set opposed to $1000 a set - most guys burn through a set each day in this class. I run mine until the cords show through.); but it helps that my family has been doing this since 72 and I grew up at the track...https://www.facebook.com/JahnAutosport
HOWEVER, My buddy built a "spec miata" for pennies on the dollar and just got out racing this year. Young family, and is doing it on a tight budget.... yea, its a miata but a pretty nice looking car and he is racing. Dont need to step into F1 your first year! https://www.facebook.com/SchwarzMotorsports
Back on topic. Lets see those garages so I can plan for my dream shop!