I have taken care of a bunch of your reported posts, unfortunately the users seem to be registered from the same IP address but I don't have the power to do anything about it, I can only delete the posts as they appear for now. We'll have to wait until Wouter and Henk recover from their Geneva trip :)
I really don't know that I have a good answer for you. I would suggest looking at the Apexspeed forums. That forum is filled will largely SCCA racers but some manufactures as well. The guys on that forum would have a much better idea where to start looking. I would be sure to ask some of more experienced Apexspeed guys which classes would be the best skill builders. What you are going to want to find is classes which both have good recognition (which I think SCCA generally lacks any more) and good skill building. For skill building FV is a great class because it really really rewards a driver who can maintain inertia. The F2000 pro series is good but not at all cheap. What's good about the F2000 class (and F Ford) is the cars are sophisticated enough to teach advanced driving and setup skills. Many, but not all, of the spec cars or the production based cars are just not very good race cars. I've heard about drivers coming out of the older Star Mazda cars who weren't that great at the higher levels. The SM (FM) cars just taught the drivers a lot of bad habits which were required to get the SM cars to perform but are detrimental to speed in better cars.
Anyway, I'm still on the outside of a lot of this looking it. I just happen to talk with people who are on the inside at the engineering level. I would look around Apexspeed. Search some threads and send some PMs. Several of the chassis manufactures are on that forum and could be very helpful. And of course, always get second opinions and listen to the justifications that come with each opinion.
Hello. I recently came across via Google your post about SCCA and it not being a suitable pipe for young drivers to get into the sport. It was an older post, and quite lengthy. :) Found here, at the bottom: http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/forum/racing-forums/35398-scca-runoffs.html
Well, turns out I'm a young driver and I want to get into the sport, professionally. And I wanted to ask you, since you seem to know what you're talking about, if SCCA isn't too viable as a break-in method, then what, in your opinion, is? I was looking at the new Jetta TDI Cup, for instance. I heard from one driver who wasn't selected that the series costs about 30 grand, airs on Speed TV and allows sponsorship. Do you think that would be a good route? I admit my interest in SCCA is much less so than other more independent "arrive and drive" formats such as the Formula BMWs you mentioned or a school series like Formula Russell or the Barber MX-5s. Though, I am still thinking about buying or at least renting a Formula 500 or Formula Vee car for club racing. I'm just trying to sort out my options.
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