J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
6/22/22 10:59 a.m.
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The application process for the second-annual IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship has opened, with the program looking to “promote and empower drivers from a variety of backgrounds.” The benefits exceed $250,000 in value.

The Diverse Driver Development Scholarship includes a prepaid full-season entry fee for the recipient into either the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge or IMSA …

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Sk1dmark (Forum Supporter)
Sk1dmark (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Reader
6/22/22 12:05 p.m.

Shame to hear this brought about any real controversy. That level of racing has always been a sport for those with deep pockets, and natural talent around the world has necessarily been looked past because of an inability to bring in sponsorship dollars. A scholarship to bring in racers and thereby fans from demographics not typically associated with the sport only seems like good business sense at the least, and the track record of the program proves its efficacy in finding damn good drivers.

trigun7469
trigun7469 UltraDork
6/22/22 1:10 p.m.

I appreciate that this exists, however as I am doing research to get my daughters involved. If one of them does have the talent the road there is not being done with out serious funds. Right now I bought one of my daughters a kart, and have looked for sponsorship. SCCA offered one for females, I filled it out asking for just entry fee money (for a couple events)…no response. I looked at the other female oriented scholarships and unfortunately experience and age do not qualify them.  While karting is the cheaper option, other sports are cheaper if not for free. If you have ever been to national event you compete against kids who started at 4 year old’s with top of the line equipment and several chassis/engines/driver development ect… I have heard some competitive people spend $10k in a weekend, yes there are those that spend less, but how much is due to time/experience/talent. I will continue to look for sponsorship opportunities if any of my daughters enjoy it, I will find a way or have them volunteer on a team, but nobody is getting the IMSA scholarship without some serious funds being spent along the way.

hybridmomentspass
hybridmomentspass HalfDork
6/22/22 2:17 p.m.
trigun7469 said:

I appreciate that this exists, however as I am doing research to get my daughters involved. If one of them does have the talent the road there is not being done with out serious funds. Right now I bought one of my daughters a kart, and have looked for sponsorship. SCCA offered one for females, I filled it out asking for just entry fee money (for a couple events)…no response. I looked at the other female oriented scholarships and unfortunately experience and age do not qualify them.  While karting is the cheaper option, other sports are cheaper if not for free. If you have ever been to national event you compete against kids who started at 4 year old’s with top of the line equipment and several chassis/engines/driver development ect… I have heard some competitive people spend $10k in a weekend, yes there are those that spend less, but how much is due to time/experience/talent. I will continue to look for sponsorship opportunities if any of my daughters enjoy it, I will find a way or have them volunteer on a team, but nobody is getting the IMSA scholarship without some serious funds being spent along the way.

As it states, you have to have a good record on the track...and, well, racing isnt cheap. Hearing from folks on here for events like ChumpCar and LeMons - it's still several thousand dollars a weekend. Not 'chump' change, even if the car, itself, is cheap.

Im not going to say it's a rich man's hobby, but you better be well comfortable to do it, it seems.

As for the kids you speak of - yeah, some have had some immense opportunities due to wealthy family, but there are still a lot that came from almost nothing and made it big.

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