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02/08/2017
If you have ever watched car racing of any kind and thought that you could do a better job, then this is the article for you. This post provides information on how you can become a racing car driver, and what it takes.

What It Takes to Become a Racing Car Driver

If you have ever watched a car race, whether it's a local circuit or a championship league and thought, 'I could do that!', then this article is either going to reaffirm your belief or make you think twice about how you look at race car driver. With experience providing high-quality motor oil for all types of race cars, Ace Hi Oil has some information to share on what it takes to be a race car driver, and just what the driver you’re yelling at went through.

Start Driving Yesterday

The first and obvious step is to practice anytime and any place you safely can. Race car drivers often start driving on a racing circuit as soon as they can get their applicable licenses. But their training isn’t just limited to racing cars. To gain as much driving experience as possible, drivers can practice in all types of vehicles, even light trucks. When it comes to racing, any experience behind the wheel of a vehicle is a valuable experience.

Be Your Own Mechanic

When it comes to the early stages of their driving, being ‘just a driver’ isn’t enough to cut it. A professional driver likely undertook extensive mechanical training and worked on their own car of an evening just to get it ready for a weekend race. Apart from an excellent way to keep their costs down, it’s important for all drivers to feel connected to their vehicles, and the best way is to get hands on. One of the first aspects of race car driving that every driver likely learned was that race cars require different levels and types of maintenance than their everyday drive. This extends to products designed for the very purpose of ensuring a race car performs at its best. Products like AMSOIL's DOMINATOR® 5W-20 Racing Oil are an excellent example of racing oil which is designed to support racing engines. To learn more about the types of products race cars need, check out Ace Hi Oil’s online store for more information, or give them a call at (888) 459-9958 to place an order.

Fitness Is Crucial

Just because you can manage an eight-hour road trip on the highway, doesn't mean that you can handle 30 minutes around a race track. Despite how it looks, driving a race car can take a serious toll on your body. For this reason, drivers need to be in top physical shape to be at their best on race day. This means that a race car driver will spend a large amount of their off-track time maintaining their personal fitness and stamina.

Don't Forget Your Mind

Not their brain, but their mind. On top of physical exhaustion, racing around a track making fast decisions and acting on them even faster can take a lot out of a professional driver’s mind. Remember that, on the track, even the slightest lapse in judgment can be the difference between taking the lead and watching their car get towed off the track.

Start Small and Build a Following

Social media is everywhere, and racing is no exception. And while a team’s publicity manager likely handles professional team’s accounts, when they started, your favorite driver likely had to build their own following to get noticed by talent scouts and existing team managers. On the surface, this can seem fun, given how easy and rewarding it is to post your own updates and photos online. However, when it comes to getting noticed by a team’s manager, it has to be in a positive way. This means monitoring their public behavior during their adolescent years where all they want to do is have fun. This means that while you were out having fun at bars and clubs, they were likely staying in for the night or getting in more driving practice.

Speaking of Money

Getting started in racing can be an expensive task, especially if your favorite driver started out without any sponsors, as is the most likely case. Buying their car, keeping it maintained, safety gear, entrance fees, and license requirements can all add up - and quickly. The next time that you balk at the prize money a driver wins, consider that they likely did it financially tough for a long time before they received that big novelty check.

Every Race Car Will Need Constant Synthetic Oil Changes

Gone are the days of basic mechanics, where a conventional engine lubricant was enough to do the job. With the high-tech and advanced nature of modern racing engines, only the best will do. Before you perform maintenance on a racing car or even your everyday drive, speak with Ace Hi Oil first by calling (888) 459-9958 or check out the online store. With expert knowledge in the field of engines and how to keep them running for longer, Ace Hi Oil will make sure that you get the best-suited motor oil for your racer.
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