How to Work Your Way Into a Professional Race Seat

Want to race cars for a living? It takes a lot of skill, a lot of patience, and a lot of money.

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Want to drive race cars for a living? You're not alone. Many people try, but few actually make it to the very top levels of motorsports. on YouTube put together a great video interviewing some young up-and-coming racers to explain how to make your way up the racing ladder.

The most important thing you have to do, obviously, is win races. You can have all the sponsorship money or private funding you want, but if you don't produce results, you'll never get anywhere in your career. That's not to say sponsorship isn't important—Indy Pro 2000 driver Parker Thompson says 10 percent of his job is driving, and the other 90 percent is securing sponsorship funding.

And while young drivers may be quick, they have a tendency to generate a lack of patience during races. Managing track position over the course of a race means you have to be quick and consistent, a that skill comes with experience. You might be able to secure pole in qualifying, but maintaining that lead until the finish is an entirely different ballgame.

The SafeIsFast video also goes over developing a balanced racecraft, taking lessons from karting, and how to work with your team to make the car as quick as possible. Check it out here.

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