Originally Posted by DJ9
Before you can drive out on a track, most of them require some sort of general inspection(prep); not sure how the site you visited is defining "race prepped" though.
BMW CCA holds mellow track days(which is what i do); that are geared more as driving courses, but they are a blast. For more race oriented events, you could always do Trackmasters or NASA.
As far as the painters tape, just get a clear bra and you wont have to deal with that.
+1, the first couple of bmwcca events you'll be in D-group and won't need (nor they recommend you use) R compound tires or expensive rims. After a few track days, I'd look into some high temp front brake pads to swap out for the school, and that's about all.