“Karting teaches you the race craft; 95% of racing car drivers start out by karting. You learn about the basics of kart control, like understeering and oversteering and how to adapt the kart to the race track to make it fast. And, just like in motor racing, you need to be super-competitive to win – I know I am.” (Peter Dumbreck)
Get Behind a Car Early
Beginning with go-karting can help propel a young adult to an eventual path in race-car driving, and many facilities feature “slick tracks,” which use polished concrete or asphalt to more closely mimic a real racing surface.
Understand Race Car Mechanics
While there are no education requirements for becoming a race car driver, former race car driver Mac Demere encourages all aspiring drivers to pursue a self-directed study program in race car mechanics to understand a race car both inside and out. Make a priority of reading, watching and absorbing all you can on race car functions, strategy, engineering and technology. Begin by searching for courses at a community college on auto mechanics, watching races on television and in person, searching the Internet for racing guides and, if possible, speaking with people who work on the track. The more you know about the way the race car works and the strategy behind driving it, the better you’ll be behind the wheel.
Making it to the professional racing circuits takes both time and momentum. Don’t shy away from smaller races sponsored by a driving school, as those are typically cheaper. You may not have a sponsor at first, in which case you’ll have to pay your own way as far as a car, equipment and racing fees. As you start winning races you may catch the attention of a sponsor and be able to move up to a professional circuit. Above all, be patient, commit fully and continue to work hard until you achieve your goals.
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Being fit is very important to motor sports athletes. A poll about the fitness of car drivers found that most people are very aware of the fitness requirements of motor sport drivers. They need to be both physically and mentally strong, and to use all sport science disciplines to maximize their performance. A more recent poll asked what is the most important fitness component for motorsports athletes.
An article in the Australian in 2007 quoted Toyota’s F1 team doctor Riccardo Ceccarelli saying that grand prix racing is the most physically demanding sport in the world. Maybe a bit biased, but he put F1 test driver Franck Montagny head-to-head in a fitness test with a leading Aussie Rules football player, and F1 came out on top. Ceccarelli said formula one drivers include some of the sporting world’s best in aerobic capacity, upper body and leg strength, and ability to perform while dehydrated and with heart beats of up to 200 per minute.
Fitness Training for Motorsports
Due to the high G-forces that the drivers have to deal with, they should have good neck muscle strength. Normally, the head and helmet weighs about 6 kg. With added G-forces when cornering, the neck has to support up to 30kg! To increase neck strength, you need to train your neck muscles using elastic bands to simulate the G-forces. Specific rowing and weightlifting exercises can also help strengthen the neck muscles. Other parts of the body that are under stress during racecar driving are the shoulders, back, arms and legs, and exercises for these should also be included in any strength training program. Over the course of a race, a F1 driver can potentially be pressing the brake pedal hundreds of times. Core stability is also a very important area to work on.
Cardiovascular fitness is important for race car drivers – during a race, the heart rate can be as high as 198 beats per minute, compared to a resting heart rate of 40-60 per minute. As well as plenty of practice laps, race car drivers do extra cardiovascular training such as running, swimming or cycling, to get the body into shape and maintain the appropriate level of fitness.
A sponsor is an advertiser that supports a business or individual in return for promoting its services or products through the entity being sponsored. Sponsorships can help support virtually every type of business, from an amateur blog to a professional athlete. Sponsoring a person or company through your business can help associate your company with a positive image and gain you new customers.
The higher up the level of racing you do, the more attractive it becomes to potential sponsors, but also of course the more expensive it potentially becomes for you. Gaining sponsorship is not easy, and is a task that should not be under-estimated. The golden rule is that you must clearly articulate the business benefits and, if you’ve got a sponsor, you must help deliver those benefits. Sponsorship proposals that ask for money to help you go racing are doomed to failure, unless you’re amazingly lucky. Why should a business give you their hard-earned money so that you can go and partake in your hobby?
One of the best methods of securing sponsorship is to start with people you know, who run businesses, and for whom it could make business sense. Whether or not they’re interested, spread outwards from there, asking them to recommend and introduce you to other business owners or senior executives who they know. You’ll probably have to work hard at it, and expect a lot of rejection on the way!