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Old 08-15-2002, 09:27 PM   #1
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What is the best way to get started in CART racing and what equipment would I need?
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Old 10-24-2002, 09:35 PM   #2
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Easy answer....

1. Get a LOT of money together
2. Join SCCA http://scca.org
3. Hire me, to teach you how to drive.

BTW....You can rent the Supra for SCCA Driver Schools.

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Old 11-03-2002, 03:52 AM   #3
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Are you talking about the cart fedex championship? Or go-karts?
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Old 11-03-2002, 11:03 AM   #4
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It's spelled CART, as in real auto racing. It takes time and money....
and a lot of it. If he doesn't have the time to learn in karts....it's best to
start at the club level of SCCA.

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Old 11-03-2002, 11:19 AM   #5
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You don't just buy some equipment and go cart racing , you have to start out in go-karts, and if you're good enough, you can go to formula dodge, then toyota atlantic, THEN cart, but you can't just start cart racing with money, I missed out one of the serieses when I mentioned the formula daodge, and the toyata atlantic, so theres one more in there...
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It's spelled CART, as in real auto racing. It takes time and money....
and a lot of it. If he doesn't have the time to learn in karts....it's best to
start at the club level of SCCA.

Jeff
SCCA club racing will generally not lead to a professional racing career. The rare exception might be Formula Ford, and then only if you win The Runoffs. Pro teams don't care an awful lot about club racing. If he doesn't have time to learn in karts, he doesn't have time to screw around with club racing.

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Old 12-09-2002, 10:28 AM   #7
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You don't just buy some equipment and go cart racing , you have to start out in go-karts, and if you're good enough, you can go to formula dodge, then toyota atlantic, THEN cart, but you can't just start cart racing with money, I missed out one of the serieses when I mentioned the formula daodge, and the toyata atlantic, so theres one more in there...
It has less to do with being good enough than it does with having enough budget. Of course, if you're a real wanker they won't give you a license.
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What is the best way to get started in CART racing and what equipment would I need?
About $20MM.

The way to get into CART is to start racing karts before you can legally drive a car. Then you need to get some racing experience in open wheel cars. ASAP you need to do professional racing in open wheeled cars, preferably within the typical stepping stones to CART. That would be F2000, Barber Dodge, and Formula Atlantic. Pro Formula Mazda might get you a look by a pro team as well, but not as likley as the other three. In all cases, be prepared to bring a huge budget, even if you are a champion at every level. You won't make it on talent. You need to be able to raise huge amounts of sponsorship money. Even a pro F2000 season will run about a quarter million dollars if you want to have any chance of winning the championship.
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SCCA club racing will generally not lead to a professional racing career. The rare exception might be Formula Ford, and then only if you win The Runoffs. Pro teams don't care an awful lot about club racing.
George,
With all due respect, you still have a lot to learn about SCCA Club Racing.

The long list of past National Champions reads like a "who's who" of motor racing. Bobby Rahal, Jimmy Vassar, Scott Sharp, Elliott Forbes Robinson, Skip Barber, Paul Newman, and Dave Weitzenhof are just a few of the familiar names. For many of these drivers, a National Championship was just a stepping stone on their way to making a name for themselves in auto racing.

From the SCCA website.

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just a couple of little things...

first, if you want to get into car racing, then you must start in karts. trust me, you will need to learn by your mistakes, and hitting a wall in a kart while learning costs a lot less destroying a race car.

second, the correct term is kart, NOT go-kart. lets put it this way: would you say to michael schumacher ''hows your soap box racer''...no
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I actually meant just a way to start heading on a path that might lead to CART. I'm going to buy a kart this summer and start racing, so I think I'm on the right track. I won't be racing professionally for a few years, I'm only 14 right now. Thanks for all the replies.
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Dang, I wish I had gotten started on something like that when I was that young Goodluck man!
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If you have some extra cash, you could start with Skip Barber racing school. They have their Skip Barber racing series which drivers can lease race car to compete. It could be the fastest way to reach CART Champ Car racing level. It will set you back many thousands of dollars. Start with the school and then take on the Skip Barber series.

SCCA is a good way to go and Kart racing, but Skip Barber maybe the fastest way.
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do u have any advice for starting karting in the UK? an also if im 15 nearly 16 am i too old to start? thanx 4 help
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