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Old 02-22-2010, 05:52 PM
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Irritated with America's racetrack locations

Arghhh fml lol I hate that I live in America. I'll be legal to drive in a month and this means I'll be able to pursuit my dream of being a touring car driver, but I really hate that I live in a part of California where I'm sort of out of reach of any major race track and all the driver schools I wish I could get into I can't afford. The two closest race tracks are Infineon Raceway and Thunderhill Raceway. They are a few hours away its really irritating, oh well. Does anyone have any advice? I was thinking of moving to England somewhere near Silverstone, attending college there and trying to get recognized by doing a few races there.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:08 PM
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just follow the G35coupe route
make your own track up
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:16 PM
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Iwmakemh...I dont know much about making it as a touring car driver, but instead of moving all the way out to England to be near a track, why not try moving over by infineon or thunderhill raceway?
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:42 PM
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How much of an opportunity would living near a track really present? Track days aren't cheap either.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:54 PM
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You're more likely to have to pay your way into a team than to be recognised. Your best bet is to find a lucrative career and build up some cash reserves and then have at it.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:54 PM
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How much of an opportunity would living near a track really present? Track days aren't cheap either.
This. Sorry man, but if you can't afford the school you probably couldn't afford the track time either. And moving to england to go to college isn't going to earn you any money.
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yeah, if you want to be a touring car driver (or any racer really) you are getting a late start. the best bet is to hit up a few racing schools, jim russel at infineon or skip barber down by me at laguna. then you shell out a bunch of money to get into a spec series, and do well and get noticed. then you go on from there. you can do it in england or germany or japan or here. but just know that it won't be cheap or easy.

the best way to make a small fortune racing is to start with a big one.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:58 PM
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oh, and living close to a track means very little... you will have to get to all of these track for races regardless. if you are on the west coast you can figure on driving everywhere from the washington tracks to the socal tracks, since they are almost no single track series.
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Yeah I know, I'm starting late, a lot of people start of karting at an early age. As of now I can't afford driving school soon I will be able too hopefully lol cars aren't cheap. Oh well, its a dream. I know track days aren't cheap lol and drivers school isn't nether.
LOL Anyone wanna send me a link to where G35coupe said he had the secret racetrack? haha
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step 1: buy street registered track car
step 2: go to trackdays (it's only a few hours you said?)

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Even if I don't go through with the motorsports thing I do plan on going to college for some kind of engineering I would love to keep myself around motorsports anyways.
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Yeah I guess, I'm just frustrated -__- it would be a good hobby, if I don't go through with it.
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other things to consider:

autox. cheap and easy, held all over the place. not going to get you in circuit racing, but will teach you some great car control.

Lemons/chumpcar. cheaper than real racing, but certainly real racing. i myself am trying to get into a race at some point this year.

links: http://www.chumpcar.com/
http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/
and not sure what city youre in but this is the san fran region scca: http://www.sfrscca.org/index.php
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could try go-karting, i know the ones my mechanic uses hit 190km/h.. scary stuff when you're 2 inches from the ground.
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