Dos and Don’ts for getting into professional racing

If you’re going to dream, then dream big, as the old saying goes. If you’re a fan of racing then there’s probably some part of you that harbours of dream of being a race driver yourself or working with race cars in some other professional capacity, such as working as a mechanic or an engineer in tweaking the performance of the cars. We all start from somewhere and there’s no reason why you couldn’t meet your dream, but you’ll want to do and want not to do a couple of things:

DON’T lose sight of your dream. While getting started in racing can be a thankless and even at times depressing experience, if it’s your dream job then you’ll find it well worth it in the end. Keep reminding yourself of what you are doing and why you are doing it. Not losing focus of the big picture, of fulfilment of your dreams, is absolutely crucial to staying on target.

DO keep your expectations low. Rather right or pleasantly surprised, goes the pessimists’ mantra. Leaving the debate about the half-full or half-empty glass to the side for the moment, there’s something to be said about the virtue of low expectations. While your ambitions should be high to meet your dreams, remember that you’re going to experience a lot of failure and rejection and being immune to that will be helpful.

DO start small. No matter what you do you’re going to have to start at the bottom and work your way up to the top and the highly competitive auto-racing world is not in any way different. Start racing in informal or amateur clubs where commitments and risks are low. You’ll gain invaluable experience that will provide a strong background as you move up in the sporting world.

DON’T forget to enjoy yourself. This may be a bit of lovey-dovey, hippie-dippy thing to say but that doesn’t make it any less true. If you’re trying to get into racing because it’s your passion, don’t let all the technical and logistical details get you bogged dow. Take the time to enjoy what you’re doing and really to be in the moment, enjoying the process at every step of the way.