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Kentucky. To far? Volunteering? Western Kentucky Teams?


KBlackwell

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I live in western Kentucky (42326) and I've been wanting to get into road racing from dirt/asphalt ovals. However, it's often hard to find anything within a reasonable drive for a weekend. Does anyone here have any recomendations for finding more local racing (Preferably no more than 2-3 hours away)?

Nearly anything will do, as long as I get to turn right

 

 

The MidWestern region seems to be the closest, but even some of the closest races I can find from there are almost 5 hours away. I don't think I could even afford a car having to drive that far with a trailer just to race D:

 

Also, are there any teams or similar that would be willing to take on a volunteer around here? Say from Owensboro-Bowling Green-Evansville-Elizibethtown-KY Lake area? I'm always willing to learn anything. From driving skills to car mechanics, and if you're willing to teach, or you need a hand, I'll be there.

 

I'm really wanting to get more into the sport, but everything seems so far away. Any help would be greatly appreciated

 

Also, what are some of the cheaper series to look into? I know things get expensive, but I'd rather keep startup costs to under $5000 if at all possible.

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you're kind of inbweteen regions - might need to travel a bit here & there. Its worth it though!

 

I agree - probably Mid West, Great Lakes and South East. Maybe even Texas

 

Take a look at those regions schedules and mapquest the tracks from your home.

Even in the southeast there are a few events that I attend that are 6 - 12 hours away. For those I tend to take off work Friday and Monday for a weekend event. Makes it less stressful that way.

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How far do most people travel to events? I've managed to find a few thing 4-6 hours away, I'm just not sure if that's too far for someone just starting out

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I do it. Road Atlanta is 5 hours, Barber is 4 but NASA no longer goes there. Putnum is 5 hours, Mid Ohio is 7 hours, CMP is 8-9 hours and VIR is 11 hours. I hope AMP will be up and running next year to add another track within 6 hours. Get a truck and trailer and have a blast!

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Gotta' truck and a trailer! I just need the money... and a new car(She seems to have evolved into something that will never turn right again ) I'll go poke around some junkyards and see what I can find over the next week or so. Miatas are of course something to really look for, but do you guys have anything else to suggest? I know of a Fiero v6 I can get for absolutely nothing (running too, or so I'm told) I don't know if it'd ever see use in any of the places mentioned above though.

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Come out to an event or two, see what kind of cars you like, talk to the guys running that class, read the rules, then find a car that is common and popular. Fiero's, MR2's, Sentra's,...etc are all raced but not popular or common. Think Camaro, Mustang, Miata, Porsche 944, or BMW 3's.

 

Good luck,

 

Sidney

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