9th November 2019, 08:14
Racing Career at 19?
Hey, how's it going?
I have a life long dream to turn racing into a career. This dream started back when I was around 1 or 2 were my first words were "uncle's car". Then I started go-karting at around the age of 7 in Brasil. This, unfortunately, was put to a halt because I moved to the United States. This itch was still with me so I got a job at an indoor go-karting place. There I found my talent. I was beating guys with four times my experience with no problem. At the end of my year racing indoor, I was at the top 10 times of the track. Then... college happened. With the social/parental pressure of going to college, my hands were tied. I still live and breath racing. I go to the occasional autocross but money is tying me to going as much as I'd like too. This brings me to where I am today. I wake up resent my life and go to class. Every day I think about what I could of become if I didn't stop racing back in my early days. BUT NOW I'm done living like this. I will follow my dreams and passions. This brings me here and I have a few questions. I know that returning to go-karting would be my best option. Sadly I do not have any outdoor go-kart tracks near my college or my house. I also DO NOT have financial support from my family as they cannot afford it. Although of course, I am willing to get a small job and fund myself that way.
Can anyone help me figure out the next step?
Am I just too old to make it a career? (not talking about F1 but enough to have a comfortable living)
What series should I look into?
Should I look for sponsors?
Should I contact teams?
9th November 2019, 13:26
When I think about people who started their racing career late, I always recall Damon Hill, who according to Wikipedia started racing only in his early 20s. His Formula 1 racing career started in 1992 when he was 31, which is amazing. I mean, by 31 years old, most of F1 drivers are already out of this sport, only the best remain. But he _started_ in F1 at this age, and oh boy he did very well, considering the handicap of his age. Every F1 season from 1993 to 1998, he did something very remarkable. He completely lost his game in 1999 when he clearly was either way past his prime or too mentally tired. It's entertaining to fantasize about what he could accomplish if he started racing let's say 10 years earlier.
This is just my few cents of encouragement for you.
Last edited by zako85; 9th November 2019 at 13:33.
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