Originally posted by Dr. D
Thats $1200 a weekend! Very discouraging! Oh well, see you at the track anyway.
Bear in mind, that is pretty much an all-inclusive figure for a full season of participation. Some dissection:
License renewal fee: $110 per year (that's the cheap part)
NESBA membership fee: $75 per year
STT membership fee: $25 per year
2-day SuperCamp dirt track school: $500 +/-
Other schools/instruction: Varies
NESBA weekends: Estimate $150 per day
STT weekends: Estimate $75 per day plus $10 gate fees for myself and crew chief
CCS practice days: Estimate $75 per day
Race entry fees $190 for 3 classes per event (Add another $120 if it is a "twin sprint" weekend). Multiply by 12.
Gate fee for myself and my crew chief: $70 per race weekend. Multiply by 12.
Kennel fees: $30 per day (figure minimum of 3 days per event weekend). Our dog is not racetrack-friendly.
Minimum of 6 sets of race tires (this will only increase as I get faster).
"Consumable" parts - extra clip-ons, rearsets, brake/clutch/shift levers, windscreens... fiberglass repair... motor oil and filters (changed after every event weekend)... hydraulic fluid (change after every other event weekend)
Race fuel: $3.95 per gallon, we bring roughly 15 gallons to every event.
Food and beverages for myself and my crew chief... propane for the gas grill...
Gas for the van (avg. 10 mpg.). It's 80 miles to Blackhawk from my house.
Routine maintenance for the van and trailer.
Insurance for the van, trailer and racebike
2 pair of gloves and 2 helmets per season
Big-ticket item for this year will be a generator (not all tracks have electricity available... oh yeah, you pay for that, too). Some tracks (Road America) charge you for staying overnight.