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Old 09-13-2012, 09:30 PM   #1
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Question Love Riding Track, Why Not Race?

There's a CMRA event coming up at the end of September (9/29-9/30) at Eagles Canyon Raceway and another around the middle of November (11/10-11/11) at Texas World Speedway. What's keeping you from completing the race license school during one of the preceding Friday practice days or a trackday that offers the CMRA license school, then racing sprints and/or endurance in each event, which fall roughly one month apart or sometimes longer.

Does your trackday group like to compare laptimes? Enjoy some passing? (Which you capture on video, then immediately upload for the whole world to see.) Like working as a team to accomplish a great feat, namely finishing a several hour endurance race? Answer yes to any of these questions suggests you may find racing to your liking.

So, what do you think?
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:54 PM   #3
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there are ways to make it affordable.

endurance race. grab some friends, and go racing. split all costs among team members. wanna make it even cheaper? race a mini, like an EX250. do you already do trackdays? for about the cost of 2 trackdays, you could do a race weekend. unless you're already blazing fast, you don't need fresh rubber every race weekend (or even every race!). borrow a transponder, camp at the track, bring your own food, etc. there are plenty of ways to race on a budget. gotta find what works for you.

the feeling you get when that green flag drops, priceless.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:18 PM   #5
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It's expensive.
Track riding is more expensive than riding through town to the coffee shop, but it's worth it. Racing is a bit more expensive than track riding, but it's worth it.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:31 PM   #6
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:51 PM   #7
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:52 PM   #8
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You may not feel quick or have enough money to race.Start talking to other racers and non racers.They may feel the same way you do.You might even start racing together while saving money.

I wouldnt be racing if it wasnt for the encouragement and support from close friends.If I dont race next year or ever,I'm glad I was able to experience this far-fetched idea
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:42 AM   #11
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:44 AM   #12
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I race TMGP and it is the most fun riding i have ever had. I enjoy trackdays, but not near as much as i enjoy racing. To me TMGP is as the shirt says, twice as much fun at half the price.
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Can i use a 2pc. Suit that zips together?

no, one piece only
how much is license renewal? If i did first race in november, id have to renew it for next year also.

175.00 for whole year, you only need to pay 25.00 for rest of the year oct to decTransponder is one thing also.

you can rent it at the cmra even, if you are not going to race ALL THE TIME

Still NEED safety wire and leftside cover.

talk to forum sponsors or some forum members will safety wire your whole bike for 50.00What class do i race in with a stock 600?

2012 cmra rule book

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Yah, expensive kind of sums it up

i might be wrong, but that is all i can remember without reading all my paper work.
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:32 AM   #14
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one day I hope to do 1 race.. it may take all my savings but I'll make it. LOL

I hear a lot of people that a weekend at the track with new tires, practice round and trying to make all the races after food, gas and more gas can cost anywhere from 700-1000 bucks per weekend. right?

I'm married with 3 kids and as of now I have other priories.. I'm at the point where I'm almost trowing the towel just to make some changes this year like buying a house and spend more times with my kids that I am not seen grow...

I'm sure the experience about racing is with every penny, I've done two mock races with FastLine and the feeling and rush that runs through your body can't explain!!

This may not be the case for some people but for me this is the main reason why I dont have 2-3 extra bikes in the garage, dont drive a sport car with 560hp... I make really good money but I'm the only working, Wife is a full time house wife with a new baby and my two kids going to school (6yr and 4yr) just dont see racing anywhere soon.. I'm sure before I'm 40 I'll make a race... that should be soon here.
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Starting to race is a large time and financial commitment, and if you don't have a chance (based on your trackday laptimes) of finishing even mid-pack..........what's the point?
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one day I hope to do 1 race.. it may take all my savings but I'll make it. LOLThis is the same way I feel

I hear a lot of people that a weekend at the track with new tires, practice round and trying to make all the races after food, gas and more gas can cost anywhere from 700-1000 bucks per weekend. right? What do you spend on tires? Try running take offs for a while.
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Starting to race is a large time and financial commitment, and if you don't have a chance (based on your trackday laptimes) of finishing even mid-pack..........what's the point?
Racing is racing, even if it is for last place.
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Starting to race is a large time and financial commitment, and if you don't have a chance (based on your trackday laptimes) of finishing even mid-pack..........what's the point?
for me, winning is not the point... even in TMGP i knew i could not win...
it is the experience itself, the fun of it...
practice is fun, but the excitement of the race itself is a whole nuther level...
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one of the most fun races i have had in a while was the F7 novice race last sunday...
I got a bad grid position, started in the 4th row...Joseph and I battled for 5 or 6 laps, his front wheel on my rear wheel...I put everything i had into it to keep him behind me,,, and we were battleing for 7th place...
He got me back in the F6 novice race...in the unlimited I went down twice and finished last... most fun i have had in a long time getting my kicked.
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for me, winning is not the point... even in TMGP i knew i could not win...
it is the experience itself, the fun of it...
practice is fun, but the excitement of the race itself is a whole nuther level...

Racing for last place is demoralizing. There's nothing exciting about getting lapped. Especially when you consider you have to take a class (for a fee + cost of trackday) as well as give away 16 hours of your labor for the privilege.
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If i am going to do something, i am going to do it to the fullest.

So maybe next year, i'll make a team or join one. We will see. I can afford it and have saved up about 7k for it. Just haven't done it.
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