U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Sports > Auto Racing
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 12-23-2017, 06:46 PM
 
32,436 posts, read 26,292,401 times
Reputation: 19032

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by ethnicappalachian View Post
are race cars usually automatic or manual?
Quote:
Originally Posted by HOSS429 View Post
there are both and it is usually determined by the class you wish to race in ..
yep, most sanctioning bodies like nascar require manual transmissions. F1 and indycar use paddle shifters with automatic clutches, its in drag racing where the mish mash of transmission types are found. the slower classes generally use automatic transmissions, faster classes use what is known as a lenco style transmission. the clutch is used to launch the car, and the driver then pulls the shift lever for each gear. and when you get to the fastest classes, top fuel dragsters and funny cars, you have no transmission, but rather you control the clutch lock up with timers and pneumatic release levers.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 12-23-2017, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
8,046 posts, read 5,884,308 times
Reputation: 9785
Quote:
Originally Posted by ethnicappalachian View Post
I'm based in Maryland so I would guess the closest racecar track to me is the Dover Speedway?
Based on your current level of knowledge, I'd say start where I did, "Road&Track" and "Car & Driver". Find a local Kart or Dirt track and try to hook up with a team as a helper. I was a gopher for several buddies and then did rallies and autocrosses (parking lots) and eventually ran a couple of years in SCCA. Hillclimbs is another route to go for specials and sport cars. Legends was started as a beginner thing but has gotten to big bucks since the NASCAR crews like to put their kids in them on race weekends.
Summit Point WV is probably your closest sports car road course. Dover DE for NASCAR. Nazareth PA for Indy.
Here's a listing for MD:
https://www.racingin.com/track/maryland.aspx
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-23-2017, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
8,046 posts, read 5,884,308 times
Reputation: 9785
Quote:
Originally Posted by ethnicappalachian View Post
are race cars usually automatic or manual?
Drag racers will tell you real race cars don't have transmissions.
Got to a top fuel meet and see if you like it.
NHRA Northeast Division web site
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-25-2017, 11:31 PM
 
890 posts, read 1,531,137 times
Reputation: 952
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crashj007 View Post
Based on your current level of knowledge, I'd say start where I did, "Road&Track" and "Car & Driver". Find a local Kart or Dirt track and try to hook up with a team as a helper. I was a gopher for several buddies and then did rallies and autocrosses (parking lots) and eventually ran a couple of years in SCCA. Hillclimbs is another route to go for specials and sport cars. Legends was started as a beginner thing but has gotten to big bucks since the NASCAR crews like to put their kids in them on race weekends.
Summit Point WV is probably your closest sports car road course. Dover DE for NASCAR. Nazareth PA for Indy.
Here's a listing for MD:
https://www.racingin.com/track/maryland.aspx
Nazareth is closed. IndyCar goes to Pocono.

I haven’t read the whole thread, but as far as ovals go there are dirt tracks in Delaware, 2 dirt tracks in NJ plus an asphalt track. Others in PA.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-25-2018, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
3,077 posts, read 2,109,467 times
Reputation: 3577
Quote:
Originally Posted by ethnicappalachian View Post
There had to be a process. Does one start off at smaller racing tournaments then work their way up to the mainstream tournaments? If boxing is a poor man's sport, is race car driving a rich man's sport (so is golf)?

What type of racing are you referring to and what level of racing are you interested in? There are a multitude of ways to get into racing. There are many thousands of people who make a living at racing that have never had television time nor are household names. If you are limiting yourself to NASCAR, Indy, or F1, then you are just touching the tip of the iceberg in motorsports. There are numerous organizations out there from grass roots level to paid professional who are virtual unknowns. Are they rich, in most cases no, but they race for a living.

Also understand that not everyone who races is a front runner or celebrity. Racing has become a complex business of not just skill with a vehicle, but being press savvy, marketable, and being able to bring money into the business. For some that is being born into a monied or legacy racing family, for others it is buying into and paying your way up through ranks with your own cars, for others it is having enough of the skills and presenting a marketable enough package that others will take you on. In no place is it a case of "you look like you can drive, you have desire, here is a car, a contract, and a six figure job."

Does it help if you start early, absolutely. Nothing substitutes for seat time in a vehicle to get a feel for the dynamics. But there are also plenty of early starters who are nothing more than filling out a field of cars and will never win a race. Now, does the back runner in a major series have more skill than a local bullring champion, probably. But, drive, desire, and ability can carry you pretty darn far and beign a late starter does not automatically eliminate you from making a living driving.

Is it a rich man's sport, sort of but that depends. It is no where as inexpensive as boxing or basketball where all you need is a gym. You will need to start in some entry level series with some sort of vehicle. You will have regular and constant updates on safety equipment. You will have entry and travel fees. Lets not forget support equipment. If you are going to be competitive in lower levels, you will need to understand mechanics and dynamics and car set ups which will require a host of specialized tools and/or training. Even if you don't buy a vehicle and you buy your way into schools and series then you are still "purchasing" seat time without owning the equipment, it is going to cost. No way around that. The level of cast is the biggest variable to it all.

NASCAR, Indy, F1, NHRA, IMSA, SCCA, NASA, IHRA, ARCA, CASCAR, USAC, SCTA, ECTA, USHRA, ASCS, IMCA, ADRL, AMA, WOO, American LeMans, Rolex Series, Lemons, Grassroots Challenge...there are literally a thousand different sanctioning bodies for motorsports that address numerous different aspects of the sport and this doesn't include any of hundreds of outlaw organizations that chose not to conform to any particular set of rules. This fact alone means you have to begin define what exactly you mean by racing and being a race car driver to even begin to formulate how you approach the many, many different aspects of the sport.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Sports > Auto Racing
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top