We reside in an period the place motorsport is not purely a “sport for kings.” Definitely, on the high ranges, there may be nonetheless a financial barrier to entry, as most of us don’t have the untold $Tens of millions to spend money on a racing profession. Nevertheless, that doesn’t imply we can’t exit on observe and have an exciting day feeling the boundaries of our automobiles.
Courtney Rivers is a racer and teacher who heads up the SCCA Monitor Night time in America program, which for five years has been offering a venue to get the informal driver on observe.
A number of years in the past, looking for to extend membership and participation
within the nationwide membership, the Sportscar Membership of America (SCCA), that sanctioning
physique that introduced us the mighty Can-Am and Trans-Am collection and greater than 60
years of thrilling membership racing, determined to get the layman on observe – and within the
course of acquire new curiosity and enthusiasm.
The experiment labored as some 40,000 individuals (many return prospects) have loved a weekday afternoon at lots of of those occasions at among the biggest tracks round North America.
Courtney Rivers, our visitor this week who heads up the
program for the SCCA, says, “We aren’t telling individuals what NOT to do. We give
primary instruction on passing and flags and search everybody to ENJOY themselves.”
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Having participated in a couple of of those occasions myself, I can
let you know that it’s a nice expertise. No strain. Simply drive and have a
blast, whereas engaged on my primary on-track expertise.
Rivers herself is an MA in medical psychology. Within the interview she stated the profession change not solely needed to do along with her love of automobiles and instructing however attending to get pleasure from an setting the place she is just not listening to different individuals’s woes, which took an empathetic toll on her. Contemplating she now hangs round with a bunch of motorheads, I feel the medical psychology expertise might come in useful…