Hey guys, I've been involved in circle track racing most of my life and more recently drag racing a mild '72 Buick street/strip car I've had for awhile now. I've gotten bitten by the racing bug pretty bad again and want to get rid of the muscle car and get in to road racing. I know nothing about SCCA but figured it would be the only organization around that turned left and right. I'm not interested in autocross or solo events, and I know to race SCCA you need to be licensed.... other than that I need schooled pretty badly. Anyone willing to take in a quick learner under their wings?
Actually there are a lot more then just the SCCA out there that go right and left in the local area. Not sure how fast you are planning to get into road racing and whether or not you already have a car but there are two ways to get an SCCA license. First way is to take a school sponsored by a region (actually two schools but most of the times they are done on the same weekend), unfortunately the next school locally will not be until spring at Nelson Ledges, at least not that I have heard. The second way to get a SCCA license is take a private road race school (Skip Barber, Mid-Ohio, ect.), again you need to take two schools. I believe that the SCCA will also accept a road racing license from other organizations as proof you have the training.
Another way to get some track time and some schooling is try an open track or PDX. See if you like turning right and left, it is quite a bit different from circle track and drag racing. Beyond the SCCA there are several local groups that sponser open tracks to include NASA, Porsche Club, the BMW CCA (all three also have road racing programs), Track Daze, 3-Balls Racing, 10/10ths Motorsports, and more that I can't remember. All of these organizations provide experienced instructors. Waterford Hills, Gingerman, and Nelson Ledges also have track sponsored Open Track days at their facilities but all of them except Waterford Hills do not supply instructors. The important thing to remember about Open Tracks, it is not racing and most groups have strick passing rules (only pass in certain areas of track and only if the person you are passing points you by).
Best way to learn what is need to go racing is to download the GCR off the SCCA website and start there.