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First steps into car-racing in the East Coast - November 23, 2012, 09:22 AM

My cousin's husband wants to try racing a car. He started out with gran plans of buying a 350z and making it track only. I suggested he tries to rent something for some free runs to see if he likes it and if he's vaguely good at it before committing to something like that.

He's in NYC, anyone know of a team somewhat local to there that organizes test runs with their cars? Can't find any relevant info online, maybe searching for the wrong keywords.

Anything from a Miata SportCup and up would work, possibly rear wheel drive.


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November 23, 2012, 09:36 AM

Google Entropy racing. They run spec renault cars. I did an "arrive and drive" event at Summit Point last year. They are based out of PA.

I got 3-4 sessions on track, dinner, snacks, drinks (non-alcoholic of course), for about $300. It was nice. I had zero work on the car. Just show up, pay, eat, get sized for the car, go drive. It was a fun experience. I will probably do it again just for grins.


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My cousin's husband wants to try racing a car. He started out with gran plans of buying a 350z and making it track only. I suggested he tries to rent something for some free runs to see if he likes it and if he's vaguely good at it before committing to something like that.

He's in NYC, anyone know of a team somewhat local to there that organizes test runs with their cars? Can't find any relevant info online, maybe searching for the wrong keywords.

Anything from a Miata SportCup and up would work, possibly rear wheel drive.
Take him to a fast pace go-kart place and see how he does.
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November 23, 2012, 09:53 AM

Good point, but he can't: he's had muscle injury to his left arm so his strength there is not 100% and the direct steering and intensity of driving a go-kart would probably be too much. The guy rides a motorcycle quite well so I'm pretty sure he'd do good on lines: he is ready and willing to try a "real" race-car.


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Take him to a fast pace go-kart place and see how he does.
Define "fast paced go cart"? I've done AllSports (fun but not fast) and Summit Point Karts (Faster, but still not fast).

I'd peg 100mph carts as reasonably fast. If he's going to get into racing, might as well get an understanding of the actual speeds involved.


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A 125cc sequential gearbox kart accelerates close to how a F1 does, even the crappy 4 stroke, law-mower engine ones at AllSports will be pretty rough on your body: karts are not toys or a "lower grade" race cars: they are more manageable logistically and economically, but their performance is pretty incredible.

I believe they are not a good fit for him because of his handicap.

I looked into Entropy Racing, looks like a perfect fit! Thank you


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A 125cc sequential gearbox kart accelerates close to how a F1 does, even the crappy 4 stroke, law-mower engine ones at AllSports will be pretty rough on your body: karts are not toys or a "lower grade" race cars: they are more manageable logistically and economically, but their performance is pretty incredible.

I believe they are not a good fit for him because of his handicap.

I looked into Entropy Racing, looks like a perfect fit! Thank you

No problem. I did enjoy racing their cars around. Wasn't a fan of the transmissions in them, but you get used to it. Great torque on the cars, not particularly high top end speeds, great brakes, and great cornering ability. So basically the best of all worlds for a beginner racer.


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