Hey guys, Just looking for some guidance and direction. I've finally graduated and I'm ready to start racing. I have aspirations to get to star mazda or into GT2. I know I need to start low so that's why I'm here. I'm not 100% sure what the path is to get there for either (i know they are a little different). I have a reasonable racing background for someone who's only 23 and has been going to school full time. I've raced 125 shifters for a few year, motocross for 20, have been involved with off road baja racing and even on a land speed record team. Now that I can afford it I'm ready to get serious about reaching my dream of star mazda.
I am hoping that someone on here can give me the correct progression there? or a basic progression since there is no one true path. This is what I'm thinking:
This year 2013: Go to a racing school and get a couple track days in/autocross sessions (going to keep it low key because my gf and I are buying a house around june/july time). And acquire the basics of the racing gear.
2014: Go to Portland raceway and take their 3 day racing school and get my competition license. Start getting into spec miata racing just by renting. go to ~4 miata races and get some private lessons (uncle is a racing instructor) a couple times. During this year I will also acquire a race car trailer too and the rest of my gear, Hans, suit, etc.
2015: I was thinking about either going and buying a formula ford or a T1/ST2 corvette or something of the like to get going faster. again, continuing the lessons on open track days and then also racing in the PNW as much as possible.
2016: Continue above.
Is this the correct start to the progression? should I even consider spec miata or just right to formula ford or ST2/T1 'vette?? Just feeling lost. I was thinking spec miata because it will teach to go fast with little power and how to best carry momentum.
Also in how do you get sponsorships in the auto racing world. I know the motocross world in and out but this is new to me? What are the driver incentives typically??
Can you guys kinda help me with how this works please and what the progression is for either type of racing???
And lastly what form is easier to get into/has more available races in the PNW?