im not sure where you are located but most tracks offer instruction when you first go. i went to pacific raceways on monday and did an entire day of driving skills including a whole afternoon of lapping at speed. i already sent in my returning drivers form and plan on going again in 2 weeks where i will get another hour of instruction before im turned loose on my own. not sure what you mean by holding your own but its like any other sport, say golf, you dont turn into tiger woods without a huge amount of work. that being said its about as much fun you can legally have. do it.
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