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Last Post 20 Oct 2015 01:18 AM by  zookie
New guy, any advice on F600?
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zookie
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24 Sep 2014 01:41 AM

    Just saying hi.  Hope to start meeting some people at events, etc.  Not the best time of year to get started since things are winding down but still looking to learn as much as possible over the winter.

    I have been to a number of local (<4 hour drive from Cincinnati) events, attend Indy 500 pretty religiously (although we go on a charter bus with police escort, gambling, breakfast, driver auction and no shortage of beer...oh, and there is a race ), and did a DE weekend late last year at Mid Ohio.

    I've since sold my car and am looking for what will be next.  Was looking at various cars from Spec Miatas to very used Cayman S.  But I just recently found F600.  Have to tow the car instead of driving to the track.  

    Haven't had any exposure to these cars and that world yet but I'd really like any pointers or tips if anyone knows much about the F600 crowd in or around Cincinnati.  Like to meet some people, check out the cars, and start diving deeper to see if this is something I really want to get into.  Right now it's a resounding yes!

    Doesn't look like the Formula forum has much activity but I know there are people out there racing these things and I'd like to meet them.

    Thanks,

    Zak

     

     

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    29 Sep 2014 02:07 PM
    It sounds like you're looking for wheel-to-wheel racing on a road course based on your post.

    There may not be a lot of that here on sccaforums.com (mostly autocross discussion), but you might want to check out apexspeed.com or f500.org/f500.us (F500's are the predecessors to the F600's).
    I'd still recommend that you bring whatever you decide to race to an autocross event to help you shakedown the car and driver. Once you can get this under your belt, driving on a road course will be second nature and you can focus on the other drivers instead of trying to figure out the car.

    You could also sign up to volunteer to work as a corner marshall for some of these races until you get your car/license in order: http://lakeeriecommunications.com (It's way better than watching from the stands!)
    Looks like there's a upcoming event @ Mid-Ohio (Lexington, OH) in 2 weeks: https://www.motorsportreg.com/index...94F9F30875
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    20 Oct 2015 01:18 AM
    Just doing some searches and found my own post so figured I would post an update. First, thanks for the advice. I didn't reply but did take your advice and looked into the suggestions you made.

    I found a group called the Formula 600 Racing (F6R). They rented their F600 cars and also provided crew while I attended the SCCA drivers school which is a requirement for a competition license. I was completely hooked after this. I now have my competition license and have since run in two races this season (NCM and Mid-Ohio) and Road Atlanta is coming up.

    I'm buying one of these cars and absolutely intend to bring it to some autocross/solo events to get more seat time and learn better car control.

    In case anyone else finds this thread and is interested in the same, these cars are amazing. The sound is out of this world and the speed is ridiculous. The camaraderie among the competitors and all involved in the Formula 600 Challenge Series in unlike anything I've ever seen. And now, the Formula 600 Challenge Series is an unofficial ladder to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. This is the first step in the Mazda Road to Indy program. So basically you win the Formula 600 Challenge Series and you get a full scholarship (car, crew, tires, etc, everything except travel expenses) for one season in a USF2000 car. Prove yourself there and you never know where you might end up.

    While I'm not even remotely in contention for that, many guys looking for the next step might be and this is as cost effective as it comes to get into formula racing with prospects to win a spot in the Indy series if that's your goal. For guys like me, I just enjoy the people, the cars, the racing, and good fun.

    That's what I know for now but given that it's hardly been a year since my first post I'm still learning as much as possible. If I can answer any questions for anyone, just let me know.
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