Getting Started In Amateur Racing

Winding Road recently put out a good article about how to get started in racing.  Doing so is not difficult, it can be local & not cost very much.

Autocross - a great start into amateur motorsports!

Here’s the article:  I Want To Go Racing: Getting Started, by Natasha Colah

The author goes through the following categories of amateur racing:

  • Autocross
  • Road Rally
  • Rallycross
  • Drag Racing
  • Karting

Racing Ready has had some involvement in 3 of these categories, most especially in autocross.  There is little to no involvement of Road Rally nor Rallycross amateur racing in my local region, although my racing buddies talk about wanting to find a venue for these types of events.

Autocross - just bring your daily driver & a helmet - FUN AWAITS!

Read the article & become inspired!


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4 thoughts on “Getting Started In Amateur Racing”

  1. Hi my name is Nathan and I was just wondering how I would go bout getting started. I have a mx-5 that is up and I also have a MR2 that is way more than stock and I really just want to see what I can do on a track

  2. Hi Nathan,

    Your timing is impeccable! This coming Sunday, April 28th, is the next SASCA Autocross, #4 for this year (that’s San Antonio Sports Car Association). This is taking place in the NE area of San Antonio, TX in the parking lot of Retama Park – the horse racing track (details here:,4920.0.html). Now, you don’t say where you live. But if not here, I’m sure there is a local autocross near when you live.

    When attending your first event, it’s best that you do so as an observer, not yet as a participant. In that way you can watch all the goings on, ask questions, have participants answer questions about your car, & even go on a ride-along (usually they have loaner helmets available). Most anybody whose done this awhile will be happy to give you a ride-along as a passenger, at least in their first couple of runs, while they are still learning the autocross course. These events typically start early on Sunday, with the first car out by 10 or 11:00am, & most all is completed by 4:00pm-ish.

    If autocross isn’t what you’re looking for (you’ll be surprised at how much you can learn about your car & how you, the driver, can improve), you will want to check out a great road course track less than 1 hour NE of San Antonio (again, if this is the area you live). This is at Harris Hill Road Raceway (aka, H2R – visit their website: They are just outside of San Marcos, TX. They use the membership club model, but you don’t have to be a member to run out there. They are always having a variety of HPDE (high performance driver education ) events & other things going on. They have a calendar on their website of what’s going on. You can also review quite a few articles on the blog I wrote up about different events out at H2R (just do a search for H2R).

    Hope this helps & thanks for visiting Racing Ready!

    Racing Ready Dan

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