Are you an individual with an unquenchable desire for speed and the will to actually do something with it? If the driving seat of a muscled up hot rod is where you consider to be a safe heaven, the contents of this article are for you. We will provide you with four very tips that will help you in turning yourself into a professional behind the wheel, to help you become the next Don Garlits!
Let’s start with the most obvious of necessities, money! No matter how passionate or talented you might be, it will be extremely difficult to reach a significant position in a racing career without a substantial amount of money to spend on all of the initial expenses. If you already have an adequate amount of cash to be used to kickstart your career, then great. But if not, you will have to source some from somewhere (robbing banks is not an option!).
Get a car
Go-kart driving is a great place to start your journey towards professional racing and compete with others in a circuit. However, if you are really serious about racing, then consider investing in a proper race car. Buying brand new drag racing hot rods can be a little too expensive unless you have loads of extra cash lying around. Therefore, it’s always more advisable to get your hands on an older second-hand version that will save you several thousand dollars. Another option would be to go for custom built hot rods, which would give you the opportunity to modify the vehicle to suit your specific technical and aesthetic requirements and gain 100% value to the money you invest.
Learn about the trade
While racing is an intense and high-speed sport, at its core, it is a business activity that involves all sorts of market elements. Once you are out there on the track, you are part of this business and you will have to market yourself becoming more attractive to the investors and sponsors. Arm yourself with training, talent and wins on the tracks to gradually become the center of attention in the motor sporting world.
Stay in top shape
When you get you much awaited breakthrough in the form of an opportunity to participate in a competitive event, you will not have the time or the energy to immediately vitalize your body and mind to face the stress and the intensity of the competition. Therefore, as a professional athlete, you must train yourself mentally and physically to endure pressure and make fast decisions when you are sitting behind the steering wheel.