Quoting RobL, with caveats
Car - $500 (or less)
6 wheels - $600 (-4 already on the car, plus two because tire irons are work = $100 https://www.summitracing.com/parts/clm- … overview/)
6 tires - $1200 (prices start at half this for a wide variety of 16 inch tires*, so really $600.)
Good seat - $600 (I'll leave this, but you can pass tech for ~$100)
Good Harness - $500 (I can see the value in buying the fancy harness, even if I don't do it... we'll call it $150)
Cage (we build ourselves but if we can't) - $2000 (weld-together $650 plus welder... This depends on time and workspace. Minimum $400 +welder ($500+) and bender ($800)
2 sets of good Brake pads - $600 (I don't know what car this is... this number is highly variable)
SFI Fire system - $600 (For next year, but fair enough)
Cool shirt - $450 (It's your first time, you can't run longer than an hour whether you have a cool shirt or not. $0)
Cutoff switch - $100 (or $25 for a metal two-post from Summit, which is only $10 more than the tech-passing jobby from Walmart)
general maint (oil, brake fluid, wiper blades, wire, wink mirror, etc.) - $200 (Oil comes from tractor supply in 5 gallon jugs @ $45 a jug. But I'll give you $200 in general)
How that works out in a spreadsheet-ish format:
Just remember, you still have to add entry fees...
This is really a game of expectation management. For noobs, one hour stints are totally reasonable. As most of these noob-advice posts point out, "U will not win the first time!"
*Wheels and tires on the 924 were laying around for the first race, and I only run 4 wheels. I actually only bring 4 tires.
**Difference is buying the brakes from Pelican, solid rotors and Porterfield R4-S pads.
***Fishah's fancy shit doesn't count fancy axles.
****My fancy shit includes a clutch disc before hitting the track... I've watched the wrap-up videos.
Because let's face it, even if you (as the captain and financier of this team) are Mr. Gofasty McFastypants, you probably aren't being held back by the tires (maybe if you are a professional race driver and track day instructor). And changing tires at the track sucks, even if you have a fancypants machine.
Don't buy fancy oil unless you have a fancy engine... why did you bring a fancy engine to Lemons?! You're changing it every weekend anyway, right? Unless you are boiling your brake fluid, same with that. If you are, you need to fix the actual problem...
Some significant percent of Lemons problems seem related to the loose nut behind the wheel anyway. Fix things that need fixing, bring spare wheel bearings and a spare head gasket. It'll be fine.