You keep mentioning Class C, but unless you are running something like a nissan juke motor with a CVT transmission in that thing, the pictures alone make it look like a race prepped A class car. To be clear, you don't start in C class just because you're new to Lemons. You start where the judges think your car should be classed.
Case in point:
- hoosier slicks (illegal in Lemons)
- "real" sponsor decals, not parody funny ones.
- Koni Challenge decals (puts the car in grand-am club racing or better arena)
- No theme on your car, just looks like a race car.
There was a 350Z (donut media) car at NCM this past weekend, it was definitely A class. To get C class you would need to do something so sacrilegious or terrible to that car that the judges would think you had no chance of breaking into the top half of the field as a result.
This is also the reason people were commenting that they wanted to see your first Lemons tech inspection. Because if you think you're going to get a car that looks like that into Class C, or even into Class A without any penalty laps, you may be in for a tough ride. Your average Class C car looks something like this:
https://24hoursoflemons.com/wp-content/ … Benz-1.jpg
You don't need to race in your home state. I live in Columbus and Lemons doesn't do Nelson Ledges or Mid Ohio. People were just mentioning that there aren't any races in Kansas, so you're going to have to tow a bit further to reach anywhere in the schedule. That will drive up your fuel and travel costs, and the amount you'll need to charge drivers just to break even.
As for your initial question of "arrive and drive" costs, it's Lemons, keep that in mind. It's not like Helio Castroneves is going to be looking to pay to drive your car. I've observed arrive & drive pricing over the past three years from anywhere between $800-$1500 per race average. If you're thinking about charging more than that and you haven't raced in Lemons before, then you may just want to try and find a few other local guys to join your team as full time drivers rather than trying to find unknown drivers.
If you're thinking about selling seat time for profit, Lemons is probably not for you, and something like WRL, NASA, SCCA or AER might be a better fit. Lemons registration is ~$1600 per race, all other costs are specific to your team. Make a budget, or just do a race and see how much you've spent. That would give you a much better idea than just speculating.
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