The One Thing You Don’t Need To Be a NASCAR Driver

Auto racing is a serious business, and no team owner would be irresponsible enough to let just anybody hop into the driver’s seat of their car. There’s a certain route a driver has to take in order to become a professional NASCAR driver. It all starts with attending racing events and getting their hands on a pit pass so they can grow in their knowledge of the sport. Many drivers often start racing go-karts before moving into small cars, late-model vehicles, and trucks. All of that practice helps NASCAR officials decide whether someone qualifies for a specific division of NASCAR. The next step, as with any job, is submitting a resume. Some drivers even go to racing school to learn how to operate on a track, including racing lines, bumping other cars, and safety procedures. Then there’s the matter of getting a car. Auto racing is an expensive sport, and most people find that it’s hard to fund themselves through the ranks. That’s why the majority rely on sponsorships to help pay for their vehicles and compensate their crew members. The one thing potential NASCAR drivers DON’T need is a state driver’s license. Instead, the governing body hands drivers an annual license at $2,420. Unfortunately, this does not translate into a valid state driver’s license. Of course, obtaining a license isn't as easy as taking a simple driving test. The racers need to prove that they have a strong background in the racing arena. Finally, drivers need insurance coverage that’s at least $1 million.