What is Racing Ready ? An introduction for some & a good revisit for others…
If you’ve ever considered racing in motorsports, thinking…
“Why not me, I could be a successful racing competitor!”
…then this site is for you!
How to go about it & where to start? The easiest & most economical starting point is in autocross – trust me. Here’s a great introduction to autocross article. Another specific source of information can be read here – Autocross.com – read & learn. If you want to get really technically detailed, visit here: Autocross To Win, but this last link is way beyond the scope of Racing Ready.
But whoa, what about a (racing) vehicle? In autocross you can make use of most any car & some trucks (forget the SUV & van/crossover). Later, change out to a more appropriate, competitive car you can still use as your daily driver (like I did).
Many people feel it’s important to upgrade & improve your car’s handling and invest in “go fast” performance parts for their car. For now, save your money – invest in yourself first! It is better & more cost effective to develop “the nut behind the wheel”, before any major wrenching is done on your car (like I said in my FullSolo video interview).
From there, in which direction you go is up to you. With the support of 2 national organizations: SCCA & NASA, you can go down different paths. With these organizations and also local/regional clubs, you can start track driving. This is the regional track I’ll consider, when I’m ready…Harris Hill Road (aka H2R)!
Racing Ready is becoming a resource:
- an amateur motorsports reporting portal
- a valid source of information, knowledge/education
- a motorsports parts & technology (re)source.
Here you can be entertained & informed. You (& me!) need to be taught. There are many excellent motorsports oriented driving schools & events. As I learn, I will share my experience & recommend what works & doesn’t. Later, as I work on the hardware performance of my car, I’ll provide you access to the appropriate tools & parts to make your car perform closer to it’s potential (again, after you optimize your own driving potential).
As the proud owner of my 1999 Miata for 2 weeks, I’ve already put one autocross into it. My Miata performed better than I did. There is SO much potential in that little Mazda than I can not yet properly & efficiently handle. Yes, it is humbling…but fun!
So, as I try to practice what I preach, I’ll be working to develop & improve my motosport’s driving capabilities, before investing in go fast, better handling Maita parts & upgrades. There are SO many aftermarket parts for this car. It’s dizzying to consider what I would want to do first, anyway.
Racing Ready is ready to progress forward on this mutual journey…going from wannabe racer to successful racing competitor!
P. S. – I just realized, with my recent Miata purchase, I have become the visitor I am trying to attract to my blog!