So you have a sportY car and want to race it.
- Where do you go?
- How much will it cost?
- What about my car?
- How will it hold up?
Which Type of Racing Do you want to do?
1. Autocross - See our full Autocross Guide Here
- 30-70 second test of driver skill and cars handling ability through a cone course (5-8 passes)
- Speeds usually do not exceed 70-85mph
- Locations range from parking lots, Airport runways, to on real race tracks
- Low cost of entry $35-55
- Low risk of damaging your car
- Minimal wear on your car with the exception of tires
- Must pass basic safety inspection (car has to be in good working order)
- Helmet needed (clubs usually offer spares for free)
- You must work part of the day (picking up cones etc)
- Any car will do but small cars usually excel (Miata, Lotus, BRZ/FRS etc)
Find an Sports Car Club of America Region (Largest Autocross club)
Find other Autocross Events (also might include SCCA events)
2. Drag racing Events
- Straight line test of acceleration
- Low cost of entry $10-35
- Can be hard on your drive train the more sticky your tires are
- Usually at least 5 passes depending on turn out and incidents
- Minimal safety inspections and requirements
- Usually NOT covered by insurance if you crash
- If you crash you crash into another car or wall
Drag Racing Websites
WannaGoFast - 1/2 Mile Drag Racing. Expensive but very fun
National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) 1/4 or 1/8mile racing
Use the NHRAs track finder to find a drag strip near you.
3. Track Days
- Test of driver skill, car power and handling ability
- Depending on type of event it can range from 90mins (High Performance Driving Event) to 36hours (World Racing League)
- Expensive: $90-600 (avg $200) and beyond
- Best value for racing seat time
- Potential Loss of car with no coverage, even if its not your fault. Insurance ranges form $300 and up for a single track day
- Very hard on your car. Brake/Tire Wear. Potential of bumping.
Track Day Websites
Recommend you start with a High Performance Driving Event or an event with an Instructor. Usually this is required anyway.
4. OTHER MISC TYPES
Here are a few other types that are a bit less common but still worth looking into for amateur racing.
- Rallycross - Offroad racing with small cars
- Drifting - More of a style event than racing. RWD and willingness to punish your car
- Texas Mile - Mile Drag race. You need huge power for this
- Tail of the Dragon - Similar to Autocross. Its a point to point race in the Appalachian mountains