How did you get into Racing? - McLaren Life
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post #1 of 11 Old 12-15-2016, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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How did you get into Racing?

Some here race professionally, some here race recreationally (track days). I was wondering how everyone got into racing!

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-15-2016, 11:23 PM
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I learned that leathers just keep all the parts in one tidy bag-
http://lolachampcar.com/images/bill%20at%20sebring.jpg


I found that this was a lot easier on the body-
http://lolachampcar.com/Author.htm

I also found racing to be a place where nerd had a chance against natural talent.
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I was standing in a parking lot one day, lighting five $100 dollar bills on fire, every 90 seconds. And thought to myself, there has to be a more exhilarating way to do this.

Actually my first time in a real racecar was a 400 hp stock car on a 1/8 mile banked oval. More like circle.The lap was like 13 or 14 seconds I think. It was called the Okanagan Racing Experience I think, almost 20 years ago. Unleashed my inner redneck and that was that!
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All these kids kept annoying me at cars and coffee by asking me if I ever tracked. Had to do it so I didn't need to bow my head down. Lol
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All these kids kept annoying me at cars and coffee by asking me if I ever tracked. Had to do it so I didn't need to bow my head down. Lol
"Peer"? pressure
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Trackdays and actual racing are a world apart to be honest (especially in cost thankfully!)....
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Slippery slope starts with dedicated set of track wheels & tires for street car... then street-legal full-cage race car ... truck & trailer...race-only car...

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Trackdays and actual racing are a world apart to be honest (especially in cost thankfully!)....
For example, if you want to win, you need to bring 4 fre$h set$ of tire$ every weekend.
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Natural(?) progression in my case
You start with taking your road car on the track and enjoy it
then you take some coaching lessons to get better
then someone convinces you that you should try a race car instead of brakes, as the car is lighter, better brakes yada yada
then someone convinces you to try the difference with slicks,
after some serious sticker shocks you enjoy it,
you start using telemetry to compare yourself against a coach and against yourself
and then somewhere along the road go, hmm, wonder how it would be to race against other human beings instead of just against the clock and telemetry

next thing you know you are on your first formation lap for your first race, seriously questioning your life choices and how you ended up surrounded by 20 other idiots in cars costing several hundred thousands.

and from there, there is no turning back, assuming you have a PhD in man Math and somehow can afford it...
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Natural(?) progression in my case
You start with taking your road car on the track and enjoy it
then you take some coaching lessons to get better
then someone convinces you that you should try a race car instead of brakes, as the car is lighter, better brakes yada yada
then someone convinces you to try the difference with slicks,
after some serious sticker shocks you enjoy it,
you start using telemetry to compare yourself against a coach and against yourself
and then somewhere along the road go, hmm, wonder how it would be to race against other human beings instead of just against the clock and telemetry

next thing you know you are on your first formation lap for your first race, seriously questioning your life choices and how you ended up surrounded by 20 other idiots in cars costing several hundred thousands.

and from there, there is no turning back, assuming you have a PhD in man Math and somehow can afford it...
You forgot the part where they told you you were faster than Senna. :-)
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Ah, another anecdote
At an FCA event blasting around it some 8 cylinder thing. Johnny Racer comes up to me and says-
Ya know, if you ding a corner on that thing its going to cost you $40K, six months and half the value of the car when the repair is done.
You get an Atlantic and you will go faster, have more fun and, if you ding a corner, you will be back on the track later that day for about $4K.
You are also likely to live longer in a proper car with proper gear.
Good advice.
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You forgot the part where they told you you were faster than Senna. :-)
I think that is when you should grab your wallet and run for the door.
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