For aspiring race car drivers on a budget, a single-marque spec series is usually the most attractive option, thanks to a low cost of entry and consistent competitiveness. The cars are cheap to buy, and the racing is always great. But what if we told you there's another way to break into racing on a budget?
Vintage racing is an increasingly attractive alternative, thanks to the low price point of many eligible cars. Take for example this qualified 2002 Ford Mustang Cobra Grand Am car featured in latest one-take video review.
Equipped with a 450-horsepower 5.0-liter stroker V8, a full cage, and an independent rear suspension, it's perfect for someone wanting more than the typical Miata to rip around the track.
The car won the Grand Am GS championship back when it was new, so you'd expect it to be worth a big chunk of change. But it turns out the owner of this Mustang purchased the car on Craigslist for just $15,000—around the same amount as a comparably-prepped Spec E30 BMW.
And judging by the video, this Mustang looks like a ton of fun around a road course. Watch as Matt Farah wheels the ex-champion car around Auto Club Speedway, and consider the possibility that the answer isn't always Miata.