How To Jumpstart Your Racing Career
Editor’s Note: This article on Race Car driver jobs is posted in collaboration with an outside sponsorship client. The opinions and information contained within do not necessarily represent Frontstretch and its staff.
Car racing is one of the most lucrative careers anyone passionate about motorsports can start today. As an elite DPi driver, you can expect to earn approximately $50,000 per event. Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time World Racing Champion, is currently the highest-paid F1 driver, pocketing an average of $40 million annually.
Anyone can become a professional car racer if they are willing to work hard. Besides the passion for speed and competition, the sport requires dedication and many hours of training. Here are four tips to help you kickstart a professional career in race car driving.
Hone Your Driving Skills
You’ll need to develop your skills to compete against other professional racers. Race Car driving classes will teach you what it takes to be a car racer and different racing rules and protocols. You may decide to enroll in a racing school or take up kart racing if you are short on finances.
Karting will equip you with the skills necessary for high-speed competitions. Challenge yourself on the track with the most advanced level you can achieve. As you progress in skill, you can then join a karting competition to gauge your performance against other professionals. Alternatively, join a racing school and learn from experienced drivers. There are different types of auto racing; be sure to do your research on schools that offer the type of racing you want to excel at.
Join a Racing Club
Become a member of a racing club or join a professional racing organization. Such organizations will help you develop your racing skills. You’ll also stay informed about opportunities for beginner and advanced racers. You’ll learn about racing events in your area where you can meet and connect with fellow beginners.
Some organizations will provide you with the necessary resources to help you participate in amateur competitions. The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) is one of the most renowned racing clubs for both aspiring professionals. Consider joining it if you live in the U.S.
Obtain Racing Gear and a Vehicle
Consider investing in a race car and racing gear to develop your skills. Depending on your budget, you can buy an older-model sports car for practice or a new vehicle and customize it. Carzing, the seller of the 2022 Hyundai Accent, advise aspiring racecar drivers to consider renting a cheap race car for practice, like the Volvo 740, Porsche 944, or Subaru Impreza 2.5RS.
Whether you intend to buy or rent, consult racing club officials to help you choose the right vehicle for your racing needs. These officials will also advise you on the standard racing equipment you’ll need. As you practice with your car, watch a lot of professional races, pick techniques from the best drivers and apply them.
Get a License
You’ll need a license to get a sponsor, join a professional racing team, or compete in any racing event. Your racing club will help you acquire a license, join a racing team or participate in a racing competition.
You may need to pass a fitness test to get a competition license. Licensure requirements may differ across organizations, so check with your club officials about the requirements for getting a race car competition license.
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