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jammin
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 3279
posted December 09, 2000 05:43 PM UIN: 16262997
If your a person who loves to go to the races and watch races....it makes it much more enjoyable to go and be a participant with a car, helping a car and being apart of the sport that you enjoy. Me, I have never been one that wanted to sit on the sidelines...had to be in the middle of the action...How many of you guys that are on this forum are like that? Helping a racing team may be as little as scraping mud off of the car before and after heats...but I tell you what...it means the world to a racer that has 30,000 other things to do while your helping him. I urge EVERYONE that enjoys our sport to get involved with a team...directly. Do not think that your not qualified to help, there is always something else to do. I hope everyone on here reads this, I think we have many fans that would love to be in the middle of it, but think they are either not qualified or are not mechanically inclined. You do not have to be to help! Each and everyone that gets involved either directly or indirectly in this sport makes it better, so help the sport that you love..get involved and have a blast!

My two cents...

jammin

track announcer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted January 02, 2001 07:24 PM
jamin,
Very well said! It is so true that drivers need help. My suggestion tp all is to hang out with a driver before the races and visit each week. let him know you are available to help with what ever you can. Before ya know it, you will be a vital part of the action.

dirtracer17
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted January 23, 2001 05:27 PM
That's all it takes to get it in your blood! I started out hanging around the shop of some of the local hotshoes when I was still in high school, then helping at the track and finally bought a car from a friend I was helping and started racing! Once it gets you, you can't go back!

cruiser19
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted January 23, 2001 09:04 PM
i was a spectator at my local track for a couple of years,then 2 years ago i started helping out a limited late model team. it was the best thing i ever did .at first i really didn't have any "hands on" experience with that kind of car,but i learned all i could.this past year i started racing a pure stock,without the people i help i don't think i could have.the knowledge and friendsips i have gained over the last 2 years are more valuable than these people{our crew members} will ever know.~if you have the chance help a driver,it could lead to lifelong friendships.dirt track racing is truly the best sport in the world. my 2 cents. thanx, cruiser19

36modracer
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted January 25, 2001 11:02 PM
I agree lots of us drivers need help of all kinds. For us example, even if nothing is broken or has to be fixed, there is mud to scrape off, tires to change and fuel to add, and thats not including checking things over in general. I have one guy that helps nearly full time but still has committments once or twice a month and hes the guy who builds my engines and does the bulk of the mechanic work so at times anyone who could do those little things previously mentioned would be a godsend. I urge anyone who is interested to just meet up with drivers and there crews and tell them you would be interested in helping but even if you dont know much be honest with them, they will teach you in time and help you along the way, and apreciate all your help.

Tavasi
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted March 05, 2001 03:56 PM
I'm a 17 year old kid looking for a job. I've been interested in racing since I was born. I was looking for some way of getting into the racing world. I would like to get off the illegal street racing and do it at a track with a team. I'm not very experienced at the mechanics, but you put me behind the wheel and I'll make the car go. Does anyone know how I could get hired only knowing what I do? I am willing to do almost anything to learn. I'm a very good driver and I'm known at school for the way I race. All I'm looking for is a chance to race and learn new things.

strick80
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted March 05, 2001 07:24 PM
So your 17 and you want to race? Well when I was your age we were doing the same thing. Drag racing on the street. It was fun but I didn't realize how dangerous it was. I've been racing for a while now legally and it has turned into a life style. I wanted to race so bad back then but just didn't know how to go about it. What I could've done and you could do is go out and find you a beater like a pony car are a hog car. These cars can be found anywhere. It may not be the nicest thing but it will be a blast. You can buy it for two or three hundred bucks. Get someone to help you put a cage in it and go racing. The people in your school and many more people at the track will know who you are. I love racing and all the people that I've met over the years. It is somethging your friends can help you with also. Have fun and be SAFE.

Tavasi
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted March 06, 2001 05:27 PM
What exactly is a pony car? I've never heard of that before. Where can I get one?

strick80
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 18
posted March 06, 2001 07:07 PM
They don't have them at every track. It's a stock 4 cylinder car like an old Toyota or an old mustang. If your local track doesn't run them check into the hog or bomber class.Good luck.

Pickel
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 239
posted March 06, 2001 09:01 PM UIN: 25419780
My fiance and her daughter never even went to a race track until they moved here to Ohio and now I can't keep them away. They both love working on the car and are learning as they go. You would have laid money on it that my fiance's daughter wouldn't get dirty but she gets greasier then I do. She is also 17. She changes the oil, gears in the rear-end, helps build the motor, just about anything you ask.

widebody
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 74
posted March 07, 2001 08:52 AM
Not to sound like an 80 year old with a when I was a kid story. But what ever happened to learning by watching rather than learn by doing. race cars are not big wheels. it takes a life time to master them and even old racers will tell you they dont know anything about cars.

My point is wrench on a car for a few years, learn which is up(the roof hopefully). Dont start out behind the 8 ball and use the rookie classes.
I see to many people, especially older guys with more money than brains who think because they have a few bucks they know all or can buy all there is to know about racing. All they end up doing is fixing wrecked cars every week and they dont last.

Race fuel and smokein rubber smells the same in the car as out of the car..

dirtracer4u2
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 42
posted March 07, 2001 01:40 PM
Tavasi, you're the perfect example of someone that should get involved with a team. You already have the racing bug in your blood. Listen to these guys. Go to your local track and offer to help. Someone will take you up on the offer. You can gain hands on experience that will be of great value to you later on. I promise you that being a part of a team will be a rewarding experience.
The only down side I have seen with some of the guys that have helped me is they have developed into drivers that beat me now.LOL

Thanks to all of those that help all of us.

Tavasi
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 5
posted March 07, 2001 03:46 PM
I live in AZ. I know Manzi, PIR, Firebird, all are good tracks. I just looked up all the numbers here in arizona to all the racing equipment places along with all the race car places (etc.). I'm goin to call around to see if they need anyone. Do you guys think its a good idea to do this? Like I said before I will pretty much do anything to get in the racing world. Or should I go to the tracks to talk to the guys face to face? How should I go about doing this? Give me some input, Guys. What would make you people hire me?

widebody
Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 74
posted March 11, 2001 11:41 AM
2 things I look for. Honesty and dedication. You can learn to wrench a car. Peoples saftey depend on honesty. If you forgot to tighten something or something you worked on broke, its not the end of the world. Most stuff is double checked and for good reasons. But to learn from it and move on. Thats where a good team is important. They will understand that things happen and do go wrong. Its the nature of racing. Aspect YOU need to look at is fun and happyness.
Find a good buch of guys and gals. people you like to be around. If its not fun its not worth doing. And besides when things get tense its a solid team that will pull it together and sussceed. Reguardless of what people will tell you, you are in demand and you have choices. Pick a team with a nice car. 2 reasons . if they care enough to work on the car they have the dedication to win. and it takes time to make cars look nice and they will value your time. If your really adventurous pick a new team. They will most definetly need the help.
Wrenching on a car is learning experience on someonelses wallet. look at it like that. your learning by watching not by doing.
And personally I think a few more drivers should start by watching . Itll make you a better driver latter on.

Good luck and remember;
Knowledge is horsepower.

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