Jobs in Auto Racing – Interesting Auto Jobs

Jobs in auto racing are plentiful or scarce, depending on which end of racing you are looking at, so if you want one, start thinking “out of the car”. Actual driving jobs are very scarce. The competition is heavy, you need skill, connections, and experience just to begin to think you have a chance at driving. However, there are some other paths to try within this huge industry.

If you want to be the star, the driver, start where you can. There are amateur races as well as professional races. Local tracks, small towns, fairs and carnivals can all have race driving opportunities. Race car owners need drivers, but they also need the team that keeps that car working. Pit crew, managers, media and public relations people, and an office team for scheduling, payroll, advertising, and travel arrangements.

There are racing schools and programs in Motorsports Management. There are hands on courses and online courses for students, professional and amateur drivers. Team members can also benefit from training courses. Managers, owners, agents and promoters need to know how to do their jobs better. Students can take this opportunity to build relationships for the future, network, and keep up to date with their skills.

Beyond the actual drivers and their pit crews, jobs in auto racing are available at the tracks, in broadcasting, and in promotion. Every track has its team of specialists. There are jobs for directors, marketers, media and communications, business development, sales, office administration, hospitality, security, and special event coordinators.

Some tracks need coordinators to handle large events, such as car shows and corporate sponsored events. In sales, both tracks and owners look for paid sponsors. This would be mostly an off track job, and there would be travel and public relations involved. Driver agents help expand the ability of drivers to build public relations, make special appearances possible, and keep things running smoothly on that level.

There are jobs in auto racing with related associations, such as NASCAR, the United State Auto Club, National Hot Rod Association, International Motor Sports Association, and other groups. Volunteering is another way to work into an auto racing related job. It is perfect for networking and meeting influential people who might later be helpful in your career.

A newer opportunity for those who want to improve their driving talents are the many racing schools and racing experience commercial operations, like Mario Andretti and Jeff Gordon have begun for the public to enjoy. Here, you can get a hands on racing school driving experience. Drive NASCAR, Indy or Formula style cars, or BMW on real tracks for an affordable $99 up to $1149 for multiple style cars and more time, up to 45 minutes. You never know who might be watching!

Driving a race car is like the frosting on a cake! Sweet, but it is the topping on the cake. Driving is the topping for a very large, exciting industry. There are plenty of jobs in auto racing “outside the car”.