How to Be a NASCAR Driver Learning From the Most Famous Race Car Drivers

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Last modified on Friday, 24 August 2012 20:45

If you want to learn how to be a NASCAR driver, then this article is for you. It does not matter if you are 8 years old or 40. We are going to break down all the ways and the paths that you can take to become a professional racecar driver. Although it is true many of the most popular NASCAR drivers started very young in their racing careers, and many had great mentors early on in their life, this does not hold true for everybody. Some did not start until later in life. And honestly, when you find out what needs to be done and you train and practice, it is never too late to make it. It is very difficult to make it pro, however, because a good driver not only has knowledge behind the physics of car racing but he also has a good understanding of the mechanics of the car itself. You must be well-read and very hands on with learning processes and driving techniques, and this takes money. Therefore, it all depends on how committed you are to making it. If you do not have a lot of money you need to get a job and save, or you need to get into the SCCA, which we will discuss…




First, you need to find local tracks near your residence. The surface should be either paved or dirt. The paved track surface should be either concrete or asphalt. Now, there is nothing wrong with using a dirt track, especially for beginners. However, there are many different factors and elements when comparing dirt track with paved surfaces. Obviously, all NASCAR races are strictly on paved surfaces. The vehicles used on a dirt track are different because they need stronger suspensions. The driver needs to take into account factors on dirt tracks that are not a factor on paved roads. Factors that include things like how to take turns with the traction of the tires. In addition, it throws in different factors such as the changes to the actual surface itself occur much faster. The grooves and tire tracks made on dirt tracks add different factors that can drastically alter the outcome of races. With this said, you need to start somewhere and it is perfectly fine for beginners, especially children, to start on dirt tracks. An interesting statistic is that a lot of pro drivers started racing with go-karts. Now, this is just one route to take but let us explore this path to the professional level. Family members, and mentors, on how to race, taught many of the most popular NASCAR drivers. The reason why children who grew up with a parent or sibling racing before them had a higher success rate than those who did not is because it usually meant that they raced early, they raced often and consistently, and that they got insight and instruction, which comes with years of racing experience and science. They also usually got very involved with hands on mechanical practice. With this pointed out, there are others that learned themselves and many overcame this obstacle by going to driving school. I would not go to a driving school until you have some years of experience racing. Even if it is kart racing, you need some race experience under your belt so that you can get more out of driving school. The fact that a good number of pro racers started on the go-kart is because racing is racing, and there is so much to learn but at the end of the day some things you cannot teach, it just comes from experience and natural talent. Some of the most popular NASCAR drivers like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart, raced outlaws and midgets whereas Jimmie Johnson raced Off-road, It takes consistency, like any pro sport you need to do it often and perfectly. You either get better or you get worse but you never stay the same. Therefore, it takes dedication. Go to the local tracks and talk with the staff and with people there that have experience and information. Find out the races, the classes, what the rules are, because remember it is all about whom you know! Whatever route you decide, get experience, do it consistently, study your craft, train, market yourself, then you can find sponsors. When you have success and have saved money and you are not getting expert help from a pro, then look into an advanced racing school as your next step. This is how to be a NASCAR driver and how drivers like Jeff Gordon made it professionally. The key to your success after the first couple of years racing and learning is winning. What separates winners from losers are many times miniscule details.

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