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Old 02-01-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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how much $$$$$

ok this subject always comes up when any one talks about racing the money part always kills it for most of us.so the question is how much money does an average "joe racer" spend per weekend?i could have searched it but because of the date of the responses then were so far back it would be irrevelant.plus some choose not to "practice" at the trackday prior.what do most do and why?
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Depends on what you are racing and your approach to it all. Although, I would say it is difficult to not spend atleast a few hundred to just get started for the weekend. From there the skies the limit.
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Depends on you and your bike.
Just add up entry fees.
Tires.
5-10 gal fuel for sprints safely say 5 gal hr endurance
hotel
gate entry $20
food depends on you
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I spend anywhere from $300 to $1500 a weekend depending on what I'm doing and racing. If you crash you can triple that easily. Its not as simple as you would like to make it.
I'm sure there are some engineering geeks that will get out their Treo and tell you exacly how to save 3-4 pennies here and there. But thats not what its about.
Racers Race simple as that.
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The easiest way I have found to approach it is to set a budget and figure out how to race on that.
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Budget!?!?! Whats that?
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I budget $1250-$1500 per weekend. That includes CMRA fees/practice for 7 races per weekend ($335-I own my own transponder or else add $40), 2 sets of tires, travel costs (gas hauling my trailer, food, gate fees, etc), Friday trackday ($170/$100) and race fuel/gas. Mechanical failures - add more. Crashed - add a lot more! It ain't cheap by any means.
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Endurance an SV, it's the best bang for the buck!

Tires- one set, even the 8 hour (Bridgestone slicks) ~$350
Fuel- 3-4 gal/ hour $3.50/ gal
Entry fees- $40/ hour
Gate entry- ~$15, $20 if you camp
Lodging- Camp!
Fuel to travel- ~15mpg x miles to the track
Food- $10/ day (samiches and chips, grill hamburgers or hotdogs at the track)
Track day prior- $160

Sprints, just take those figures above and add your entry fees for each race.

All novices should do the practice day, sometimes, you'll see experts that don't do them and think they're a waste of tires.

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For me it's fees to get in the gate $10-15 per person (3 total)
Food - $50 Lots of snacks for the wife and daughter
Gas to get to the track.
Caugh drops from cheering when they win - $2.00


I love to go watch the CMRA races. I can't wait for the chance to see the CCS guys cut it up. , I even like to go see the TMGP races from time to time. Support your local racers, that's what I say.

Can't wait to see you guys out there!!
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i spend an average of $800-1000 per weekend.

entry fees, beer, friday practice, set of tires, beer, food, gas, oil, hotel, beer, liquor, other non essential beverages.....yeah, it's expensive.

as for the why part....there's no other feeling then getting gridded up on the starting line.....and when the flags drop....you'll understand why sometimes its worth every penny spent.
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well that seems about what i was expecting.
this is what i figured,correct me if i'm missing something.
i would be racing a gsxr600.
i have a prepped bike with most essentials.
diesel there and back $300
lodging bring my own RV ----
race tires $375
race fuel(if that) $75
food $50
track=day $150
race registration/s $230
$1180 minimum

to be honest i'm trying to figure out the expence difference between just doing the trackdays and actually racing.
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The difference is huge. If you want to be competitive in the most popular classes, (Big Bikes) the cost is a bit higher. Bad tires on a track day means you go a bit slower, bad tires on race day means you just wasted your entry fee. I used to run five sprints and Friday all day practice and Sat. if offered. I used three sets of tires per weekend which is almost 1K alone. I always planed on around 2k per weekend,and was happy if there was anything jingling in my pocket on Monday.
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Doing the big bike endurance I think we have gotten out for under $300 but thats with 4 riders.
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Of course, nothing about racing them though...
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Doing the big bike endurance I think we have gotten out for under $300 but thats with 4 riders.
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If we place top 3, we can get away with almost all costs paid (after CMRA $$, tire $$, etc).

When we've placed 1 or 2, we come away with money. Gotta lose a lot of money and come in way below that lots of times before you finally taste that good life though....

Of course, you could race a series that has low turn-outs and has no minimum number of entries for payouts and live that sweet life. I think Ima sign up for some "novice" sprints and claim a class championship this year....
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i'm contemplating selling my gsxr and jump on a little ol ninja 250.
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