Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: 35.753983 N, 91.634603 W
Re: I want to make drag racing a career, where do I need to go?
You need money. LOTS of it. Probably start out with $100,000 to buy the truck/trailer and equipment-and if you're serious, a new bike that attracts attention. Then a sponsor.
Hate to say it, but racing is a money losing business in one form or another. It's been said that in order to make $100 grand in racing is to start with a million.
You see the big names racing all over. Many of them are living off of beans and weenies driving all over the place all the time. Trust me. It's VERY hard work. They make it look easy. A 9-5 is easier on the body, brain, and soul. Most of the money made is from advertising. And sponsors. Example. Sponsor gave me $500 to race at a certain race this weekend (which includes motel stays and everything). Say I head out but instead of staying at a Peabody motel for $150/night, I decided to stay at Motel 6 for $50/night. Just made $100 per night.
There are people out there that can help you get the money and sponsors but again, take into consideration that landing those sponsorships-especially in this day and age-is NOT easy. Even for me it wasn't easy and I know some people (the right people) and in theory it should have been simple. Nowdays I am working 8-5 at the regular job and I am sticking with bracket racing as a hobby. Much simpler lifestyle that way.
I mentioned a new bike. Reason being that it's hard to get a sponsor's name all over a stock bike-the panels just don't lend themselves well to advertising like a typical race bike would. Plus it's hard to make a "stock" bike look like an eye catcher. Thats what a sponsor would want. Something that attracts attention. After all, they're the ones spending the money and they want a return on the investment. I said that it's not easy and I meant it! It was one of the hardest things I'd ever done. In all honesty I didn't have the mental capacity to want to keep doing it. Some people make it look easy but behind the scenes they're a wreck usually. Please don't take it wrong. Do what you wish but if you go forward with it, don't say you weren't warned.
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