It was quite fascinating to watch those race cars skidding on the race tracks at full-gear while at a tender age. I remember it seemed to be every kid’s dream to become a race car driver. However, this is not the case for most of us today. We all have different careers most of which are not even related to this fancy sport. But do you ever pause and ask yourself what happened to your childhood dream of being a professional race car driver? Well, if you do, this piece is for you and any other soul out there aspiring to be a NASCAR driver. What does it really take to be one?
- Begin with the Basics
If you want to be a NASCAR driver, your dream has to hatch early enough. At a tender age of about five years, kids can commence on their coaching sessions in the racetracks while riding ride karts. Karting helps you to adapt to the speed and control in addition to teaching you the art of racing. You can then graduate into racing with actual vehicles. You can opt to join amateur racing competitions and work towards building a racing career by competing in local races before you contemplate about giving a shot at the professional platform. These competitions help to build your reputation on the tracks and your skills. Moreover, a couple of wins along the way would go a long way towards enhancing your confidence behind the wheel.
- Acquaint Yourself with the Professionals
While not on the schedule of training or competing, you can spare some time and watch professional races on TV or visit the track for a fast-hand experience. Better yet, you can find mechanics, especially those that specialize in race cars and learn all there is to know about the mechanics of a race car. Besides, you can also spend time at these mechanic stores since basic mechanic knowledge and skills come in handy. Also, be keen on taking part in the NASCAR driving course that provides a broad range of driving experiences. You can do this as an intern at NASCAR, or simply attend a racing school under different organizations that ready to assist you to cruise your career in race driving.
- Get a Competition License
To this point, you are proficient enough to apply for a competition license. Despite being a daunting process, having attended a reputable racing school is likely to simplify the process. Besides, with your history of racing, successfully completing the set sponsored races to acquire the license is an easy task, and just like that, you will be an eligible racing driver.
- Select Your Racing Car And Manage Your Resources Well
Racing cars and all their accompaniments are extremely expensive. Therefore, you should consider racing a few seasons and saving up for a racing car that best suits you. Also, bearing in mind that the sport is expensive, a lot of money is needed to race. Hence, you can source sponsorship through networking and spread your success on the track through your PR team.
With the above qualifications and experiences, you have what it takes to be a NASCAR driver. If you are healthy and physically fit, you are well equipped for the demanding races. Over time, with consistent practice, you will certainly emerge as a successful NASCAR race car driver.