Amy wrote: I have a question... I am looking for a way to
start a "career" in racing. Would you have any idea of where to
look to find out how to become involved in racing? All help would be
appreciated. Amy in Michigan
Hi Amy. The best recommendation I can make is that you go to your local
drag strip and hang out. Ask one of the teams if you can volunteer to do
some of the "gopher" jobs on the race team. Learn all you can and
make yourself as useful as possible. As you learn more, you can offer more
to race teams as you go along. Maybe you can work your way into a driving
job if that's what you are looking for. If your interest lies more with
working with the drag strip itself or announcing, my recommendations are
about the same.
Most drag strips would love to have some volunteer help in just about any
area. Learn all the jobs and make yourself as invaluable as you can.
Eventually you can work it into a paying position. If you are into
announcing, pay close attention to as many announcers as you can. See if you
can sit in the tower and learn from them. Work hard and have fun. People
will see your enthusiasm and professionalism and you'll make it happen one
of these days.
AND... don't forget to write about your adventures and send updates our
way! We will print any story you send. In fact, if you were looking to enter
the automotive journalism field, that would be a good start...