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6 Inside Tips on How to Become a Pro Driver
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Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to mix it up at the higher levels of motorsports? If you are serious, here at the concrete things you need to do.

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"How to make a small fortune in racing: start with a large one."

Somehow I doubt anyone on this forum harbors pro-racing dreams. If they did, they would be in Spec Miata, Spec Racer Ford, or one of the smaller but still competitive pro series. Possibly an amateur formula series as a prelude to F3 or FF2000. Or be racing on oval tracks. And be working around the clock to pay for it, unless their name was Stroll or equivalent. Increasingly these days new stars are already winners in competitive series before they are 18. They are considered old at 24.
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"How to make a small fortune in racing: start with a large one."

Somehow I doubt anyone on this forum harbors pro-racing dreams. If they did, they would be in Spec Miata, Spec Racer Ford, or one of the smaller but still competitive pro series. Possibly an amateur formula series as a prelude to F3 or FF2000. Or be racing on oval tracks. And be working around the clock to pay for it, unless their name was Stroll or equivalent. Increasingly these days new stars are already winners in competitive series before they are 18. They are considered old at 24.
so true. A story is breaking about how the elite wealthy have controlled Karting at the highest levels to gain access to racing for the silver spoon kids. A more relavent article that I would read with great interest is “how to run s race car on $1.98 a day”. Chumpcar is very impressive.....you see people fabricating solutions with McGyver skills.
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so true. A story is breaking about how the elite wealthy have controlled Karting at the highest levels to gain access to racing for the silver spoon kids. A more relavent article that I would read with great interest is “how to run s race car on $1.98 a day”. Chumpcar is very impressive.....you see people fabricating solutions with McGyver skills.
But Chumpcar racers don't have the expectations of being hired and paid by Porsche, Audi, or Toyota to run LMP, to be in F1, Indycar, NASCAR, or even Monster Trucks.

Do you have a link to an article on the control of karting?
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doesn't sound very different from admissions into the top ivy league schools...

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...airness-button
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Right now the 12 Hours of Sebring is on CNBC. How many of the drivers are paid to drive in that race vs how many are paying? Of those paid, how many are getting a token stipend vs driving has part of full-time employment? How many with full-time employment are making more than the minimum for the MLB, NFL, or NBA. The same question could be asked about F1 and IndyCar. In NASCAR the top 25 are paid real compensation...but the bottom 10?

One look at the stands during a race and the TV ratings shows auto racing is becoming a sport of the past.
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"Inside" Tip #1. Be good. Be very good. Be so good you wonder why everyone else is so slow.

"Inside" Tip #2. Have a rich and influential father who can get you "sponsors".
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Right now the 12 Hours of Sebring is on CNBC. How many of the drivers are paid to drive in that race vs how many are paying? Of those paid, how many are getting a token stipend vs driving has part of full-time employment? How many with full-time employment are making more than the minimum for the MLB, NFL, or NBA. The same question could be asked about F1 and IndyCar. In NASCAR the top 25 are paid real compensation...but the bottom 10?

One look at the stands during a race and the TV ratings shows auto racing is becoming a sport of the past.
This is only true in the US. I work for GM and even in the company there are very few people that care about the race programs. But, as I've seen in the stands in other countries and my experience doing a lot of Sim Racing, it is very much alive in Europe and South America. Hilariously sometimes I'm the only American in a race.
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