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Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 2
posted April 09, 2004 10:44 AM  
I am going to be racing a Street Stock/Pure Stock this summer. I've never raced before. (Not even hot laps!) I've grown up around racing since I was very little, and I continue to help on a team now. I've wanted to drive forever, but I've always been the pit crew, never the driver. This year, I'm changing those roles and jumping in the driver's seat. Do any of you have any good advice for me? What do you suggest I do to get comfortable driving as quickly as possible? I'll also mention I'm a female, so I'm going to be meeting resistance for sure from the get go. One of my worries is making a rookie mistake and not getting any slack from the other drivers. Any input you guys would have is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!


Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 73
posted April 09, 2004 11:19 AM  
Be patient. Finish every lap. If someone is faster give them room and let them go. It will save you both time on the racetrack. You might want to tag the feild on the first race until you see how you car feels. Follow an experienced racer and see how they enter and exit the corners. Be smooth on the throttle. Don't just jam on the gas coming out of the corners. You'll catch on quickly. Have Fun most of all.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 10
posted April 09, 2004 03:11 PM  
About the only thing I can tell you (being somewhat of a rookie myself) is to listen to what people at the track tell you, as long as it is constructive. What I've found is that the veterans don't want someone out there that's gonna be all over the place so they'll be more likely to give you good advice.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 640
posted April 09, 2004 03:59 PM  
this is an excellent web sight real good advice here read as many post that can and do pertain the your car the info sometimes get repeted but if it gets repeted then it prob true I have not recived any bad info sometimes things that I didn't want to hear but true so pay att. and learn and don't be afraid to ask any Q they will get answered good luck and most of all have FUN


Dirt Freak

Total posts: 257
posted April 09, 2004 05:32 PM  
Dont get scared!! Be confident that you can go out there and do it.

I'll gove you some GOOD reasons. You mentioned you are female, and didnt need to. I will NEVER say a female cant do it. I race with a few Females, and I tell you what, they are good. Noone gives them trouble about it, and they get treated (really on the track) as just another racer. you MIGHT catch some slack at first, but stand your ground and let them know you aitn gonna be messed with. There is NO reason why they should give you a hard time!! Off hand, I can think of 5 famales in my class, I race against at 2 different tracks, and I have finished behind a couple of them on a few occations. And thats GREAT! They kick *** .

Rookie mistakes are made by all. Try not to think about it.

As for what I did my first race. Follow someone, dont try and kick *** , but see what they are doing. Watch when they lift, where they are turning, and see if you can pull out of the corners as fast as they do. Corner entry takes some time, and the slowest part (as you already know) is the very bottom. if you can get down there, stick with it. Its the easiest part of the track to get used to. then move your way up the track as your confidence, and ability allow.

Dont sweat the small stuff, go race, have fun, and NEVER think you are woman racer, your just another racer. nothing special, nothing different. (its just cooler you are a woman!)

Good luck, and let us know how it all turns out!


Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 112
posted April 09, 2004 10:39 PM  
Like a couple others have already said your a racer not a male or female just another racer. About 1/4 of the racers at my track are female and the track in the next town has a class with 13 females in it. just have fun and enjoy.

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 730
posted April 10, 2004 06:03 AM  
view my post of "my first race"


Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 33
posted April 10, 2004 10:24 AM  
go fast / turn left / start in the rear / watch for faster cars trying to pass. if you dont cause any problems for the other cars they will give you all the room you need to learn. if allowed - run radio's or even a mirror in the beginning. it might seem cheesy but it seeme to help the new drivers around here keep tabs on the faster cars and stay out of the way. the worst thing you can do is cause a fast car to wreck or lose a race and they'll lose all respect for you and some will even make sure your not around to be in the way next time.


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