Currently I have had some questions from aspiring young would be future drivers. Today racing is a lot more then just about being a driver but the vast or so to speak " big picture " is very important in driver development.
My first bit of advise to anyone who is an aspiring driver it is that at no time ever should you give up you're dreams.
Giving up you're dreams equates you dying inside. However we need to be very real about a few things. Hope is good, but
it does not get the job done in terms of paying bills, and so on.
You need target objectives and structure in order to be succeed in you're ambitions. Nobody can say 100% at what level or for how long you will race but the average racing
drivers career life span is not exactly very long. So make
the time you are racing count.
Another fatal mistake many young or aspiring drivers make
is going to big too soon. Arriving a bit fashionably late is acceptable. Age does not equate Old and slow, just as Young does not equate fast and vibrant.
Racing does cost a lot of money and one must really consider the consequences for his or her actions. Often times when a individual goes to big too fast they end up hurting them self
economically and even as far as destroying family's.
I never recommend someone risking their future for racing.
Risk is fine, but a calculated risk key. Reckless and stupid well there friends is a whole-other discussion. One in which is
1. Getting a College Education. Do not settle for a trade school or simply a two year. A four year education pays for itself, racing or not. It also gives you more credit when conversing with team mates or a firm sponsors etc. ( Note : Chose something that is world applicable, not a easy A major. )
2. Working you're way up from the bottom breeds strength.
You are entitled to nothing, but with hard work you might
gain that in which you desire most. Listen to those who are willing to speak.
3. Keep you're contacts.
4. Keep you're word.
5. Be truthful, the racing world is small and liars etc. It is very
easy to burn bridges with great ease.
6. Keep Business as Business and Friendships as Friendships
do not mix the two. You'll save you're self a whole lot of heart
ache and trouble this way.
7. Alcoholism, Drug Addiction are paths in which will draw
you way from you're goal. Avoid both. Smoking will not help you're performance but it's you're own vice.
8. The Law : The law is something I suggest you do not abuse.
A lot of young people do like the idea of street racing. I don't
recommend it. 1. Any of the major governing bodies can and
will penalize you for such acts, DUI's, Reckless Driving, Racing
on the street, etc. All of which depending on the series and so
on can result in disqualifications, loss of sponsors or future
sponsors. Pretty much if you lose you're Civilian street license
you're racing license is no longer valid under most situations.
9. Getting a lot of speeding tickets, does two things. A. It raises your insurance sky high and B. Also can render you jobless in the automotive field. Shop owners insurance and or liability for a dealer etc will be too high to keep you staffed. So you won't be behind the for a good long while.
10. Practice, and Practice more. But remember to enjoy it.