How to get into this career

JacobChandler

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I am turning 15 soon and want to be an Off Road Race Driver. Since I am only almost 15 though, people just tell me know when I ask if they can help me start my career or if I can drive for them. I don't think they know though that I am really competitive, and always have the pedal to the medal on my Dirt Bike. Is there a way I could get sponsored to race Off Road Trucks, or how do I get into the career. Thanks, JC
 

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Go to school, make a lot of $ and spend your disposable income on your goal of becoming an Off Road Race Driver
 

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It's alot of blood, sweat, tears, girlfriends getting fed up, personal finances, missing out on weekends with friends to fab/prep vehicles, driving a beater to spend your money on the race car, not taking vacations.....ect. It's paying your dues and unfortunately it's what you have to do to get noticed. I'd be willing to bet 90% of the people on here dream of being an Off Road Race Driver, but companies that sponsor want their name on the podium/on TV/in magazines/online, and that takes more than just getting in a flooring it. You represent and work for that company. Outside of your McCachrens, Raglands, Stewarts,ect. there are a very few guys that can make a carrer out of racing off road. By all means, I suggest you chase your dreams with 110% of your being, but I guess the point I am trying to make, is it is something you earn, not something that is just handed over. Be ready to work and sacrifice for it.
 

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If I start out on my 4 Stroke Honda CRF 230F Dirt Bike, do you think I could get noticed that way? There is a 100 Mile Dirt Bike race I want to do, it is the Odessa 100 in Odessa, Washington. I think if I kept doing things like this, I could possibly get noticed. I want to race a Polaris Rzr XP 900 to start out though, and that is about 2 years work to get it for me. I can drive Combine when I am 16 and will make about $10,000 a year. Would it work though starting out on my Dirt Bike?
 

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Finish highschool with good grades, go to college and get all A's, get a good job and work yourself to the bone...when you're too old to race anymore you will have enough money to buy a TT, or not.

SERIOUSLY, get good grades and volunteer with a few teams helping prep their cars and help pitting...then you can get in as a co-driver and who knows where it goes from there. Hard work is recognized and rewarded with team of all levels, but nothing comes overnight. Goodluck kid.

P.S. Though it has been done successfully by a few, going the dirt bike route is more likely to land you in the hospital than behind the wheel of a race car...
 

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I wish I did!!! But my family only has the money for things that we absolutely need. I buy almost everything that I want, like a Mountain Bike and an Short Course RC Truck I bought 2 Years ago. I seems like RC Racing was the only thing I could do to get into a Racing Hobby, but it still wasn't the in truck experience I want. Still fun though! Right now I only make about $1000 each summer, and that is at my best. When I turn 16 I figure I can make maybe $15,000 each year if I work full time in the Summer and every day after school.
 

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What they are saying, ever so delicately kid, is that if you want to race, you need lots of money. No one in this sport is gonna give you a steering wheel to sit behind. These guys work hard and have businesses like construction companys, and farmers, and air conditioning companies. The big guys own casinos, and multiple gas stations, and have huge inheritences. If you wanna race, YOU have to make a lot of money. You have to make it happen. Finding a team and working hard, hoping you get a co-driver spot can happen, but usually is reserved for best friends or someone throwing in money for your team. I'm not saying you shouldn't find a team to work with, you can learn a lot. But this won't help you time wise in building your own business. Get out there and drive that combine. Save every penny you earn. Learn a trade, and start your own business. If you are lucky, you will build it into something. Then you can start to think about racing. Other than that, marry a girl with tons of money.
 

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Well, I know I will have to work hard and save every penny. If I race a Polaris Rzr, that should only take me around 3 years to get the money to if I want to ditch the Idea of getting a Jeep. Maybe I wasn't made to be a race driver, but I am sure as heck gonna try and be one.
 

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Well, I know I will have to work hard and save every penny. If I race a Polaris Rzr, that should only take me around 3 years to get the money to if I want to ditch the Idea of getting a Jeep. Maybe I wasn't made to be a race driver, but I am sure as heck gonna try and be one.

good luck to ya and i mean that. i am 43 years old and have the dream also.i have an xp and decided to get my foot in the dirt to have some fun. even in a sxs it is very expensive,but a ton of fun. my advice is get good grades ,a killer job and dont get married and have kids as they will suck the desert money out of you lol.search your local desert racing (low end) and start there.and try to work your way up.good luck my friend and enjoy all that the offroad life can offer you.
 

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Way simpler than some of these jokers make it out to be.

Step 1: Marry a VERY rich and VERY old lady.
Step 2: Be patient.
Step 3: Call Geiser.

But seriously, worry about landing a solid job after a degree first. Whatever you THINK it will cost to race a car, triple that number. Get your feet wet by helping out a team, you'll figure out real quick who has their act together and who doesn't. Get familiar with the sport on the coattails of someone else, then you can pursue your own endeavor. At least that's the way I got started. Good luck!
 

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hey Jacob: Great that you possess such enthusiasm for off road racing. In short, professional off road racer is NOT a viable career choice. It is a great hobby and like others mentioned, you should get associated with racing teams in your region and hang out with them. I see a bright future for you with your #1 class ranking.... keep that up for three more years and you will get a full ride scholarship to a top university... land yourself a nice high paid career, and then you can afford to keep off road racing as a hobby... maybe even get enough $$$ to become a trophy truck driver! Why don't you come down and hang out at a desert race in the SW USA. I would be happy to show you around a race weekend if you flew in to Las Vegas. If you drive down, bring your moto and I will show you some fun single track trails before and after the races. Best of luck!
 

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I am turning 15 soon and want to be an Off Road Race Driver. Since I am only almost 15 though, people just tell me know when I ask if they can help me start my career or if I can drive for them. I don't think they know though that I am really competitive, and always have the pedal to the medal on my Dirt Bike. Is there a way I could get sponsored to race Off Road Trucks, or how do I get into the career. Thanks, JC

Take up golf...you'll thank me later.
 

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I race a class 5 car and work at a high end off road fab/prep shop, and you would probably crap yourself if you knew the money it takes to just prep a car right.. I make an ok amount of money and there is still no way in hell I could afford racing without my dads help.

Just keep in mind buying a race car is the cheapest part of racing by far. Im not trying to discourage you at all, you just have to understand what it takes to get out there and do what we all love
 

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I am turning 15 soon and want to be an Off Road Race Driver. Since I am only almost 15 though, people just tell me know when I ask if they can help me start my career or if I can drive for them. I don't think they know though that I am really competitive, and always have the pedal to the medal on my Dirt Bike. Is there a way I could get sponsored to race Off Road Trucks, or how do I get into the career. Thanks, JC

Step 1. Learn proper spelling and grammar. By 8th or 9th grade you should be able to use words like now and metal. Sponsored drivers are polished, this is one part of it.
 
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