I agree that learning to drive is the most important thing. With my very limited experience, I really hope to get out there and learn all I can. I hear about all these guys that have been able to solo at their first DE's, to me that sounds like a really bad idea. Honestly I think it makes more sense to want to have an instructor for as long as possible. That way you can take advantage of their knowledge and use it to improve alot faster than if you were to run solo and basically be teaching yourself as you go.
And right there, you have shown the PERFECT attitude. Too many guys (girls too!) get the testosterone flowing, and make being first to solo in their group a priority. I've been instructing for more than a few years now, and I STILL grab fellow instructors for a ride-along every chance I get! It simply pays dividends.
RWD is the plan at this point. My Audi is AWD, which I admit is nice, but I really think it would hurt me in the long run. I've heard alot of people say that it can mask your mistakes and really doesn't help to make you a better driver. I would much rather be in a car that will help push me to be a better drive than something that will get me around the track faster right out the gate.
Momentum car. Miata.
As far as cost for consumables, maintenance, and track time, I think I'm like everyone else in regards to the fact that no one wants to spend more then they have to. Only difference to me is that if I am going to buy a specific car then the cost of consumables isn't anything that I'm not going to be prepared to pay since this is something that I really want to get out there and do. I'm not the richest guy around but I really dont want to buy a vehicle, strictly based on the price of consumables.
I hear where you're coming from, but consumables can really
add up, if you track the car a lot. For example, for the 2013 season, I'm staring at a tire budget of six SETS of R-compound tires. If I was driving a 944 or a Miata instead of a Mustang, I would use half (or less) the number of tires, AND the tires would cost half (or less) each.... Add in brakes and fuel, and that can be substantial. Granted, I'm not running TT anymore, but the principle still applies.
I know they have a classifieds section on this forum, but where else does eveyone go to look for good track cars?[/quote] Buy a used race car from somebody that's upgrading or getting out. They're usually 90+% of the way there, have the RIGHT mods, and you'll pay $.50 on the dollar for what you get, as opposed to building. If you're the tinkering/engineering type, and get off on the build itself, great, otherwise buy a used race car.
Best bet, go to the next NASA event and watch the races. Miatas may be relatively slow, but there's plenty of action in the pack, and making them go fast takes skill. Failing that, think 944SPEC, maybe SpecE30 (BMW), or look at TTD-TTE cars in the paddock. Don't be afraid to chat with the owners, either, most of us will chat for hours at the drop of a hat...