As the video shows, maintenance of the cars is simple, setups are straightforward, motors are durable, and components are manageable. The learning curve for race preparation on the car is minimal, leaving you more time to concentrate on the driving.
Transportation: The Formula Vee is a small racecar, requiring only a small tow vehicle and trailer. It’s also easy to move around at the track and service by yourself.
Cost Per Race: Formula Vee is the lowest cost racing class in the SCCA. With tough competition and large fields, on-track incidents, though rare, do happen. Repairs are easy and parts are relatively inexpensive.
Competition: Driving around a racetrack is fun but the real thrill comes from wheel-to-wheel racing. Formula Vee, as one of the largest classes, means you always have someone to race with. The competition keeps you coming back for more.
Camaraderie: Driving a formula means you are never on your own. The racers form a closely-knit group, with a focus of making sure every car and driver is ready to race by lending a helping hand, offering setup recommendations, and parts if necessary. That being said, the competition between the drivers on the track is fierce, and second to no other class.
For more information on formula Vee, please visit the following web sites:
http://Formulavee.us/ US Formula Vee Racing
http://NEFV.org/ New England Region Formula Vee
http://formulaveeracing.org/ Mid Atlantic Region Formula Vee
http://scca.com Sports Car Club of America
The following is just an overview of what is involved with getting on the track!
1. Join the SCCA
The Sports Car Club of America is a club dedicated putting on amateur races at the premier road racing circuits all across United States. Their goal is to make it fun, safe and easy. Here in the northeast, we are part of the North East Region SCCA or NER. The NER races the road courses at NHMS, Lime Rock, Watkins Glen, Pocono Speedway, Thompson Motor Speedway, and the new Palmer Motorsports Park
2. Buy a race car!
You can also rent a race car and it may be a good idea to do so until you get your competition license. Formula Vees can cost anywhere from $3000.00 to $20,000.00. You can get a race ready, competitive car with spares for $6000.00 to $12,000. If you’re handy you can save money by doing much by yourself. A common and smart suggestion is to try and get a "well sorted" car that has been recently raced and has a known history. It will save you money in the long run. Make sure to talk to a handful of racers before you make a purchase. We are all here together and we'll be racing each other. It is in our best interest to see that you get into a good car at the right price. We don't like to see anybody go home with mechanical problems so you can count on the fact that you'll get honest advice. If renting a car, you can count on the fact that you will get track support so all you need to think about is driving.
3. Get a competition license.
To get an SCCA competition license you need to complete an SCCA or accredited driver school where you will learn the rules of the racing circuit and become a capable driver in competition. The current requirement is 6 hours of track time, which is usually done over two days. Once you complete the school you will get a novice permit which will allow you enter regional races. You can do the schools in your own race-prepped car, or rent a car from a convenient source. In addition you will need to acquire a driver suit, helmet, race shoes and some other safety items.
If taken step by step, it's a simple process. When you have your competition license, you can do as many races as you wish.
Don’t forget you can always contact one of our representatives at the Formula Vee sites above, and they will gladly help you get started.
Getting Started in Formula Vee
In 1963 a class of road racing was formed in an effort to emphasize driver ability over technological development of the car. It was meant to be the “common man” class where a racer on a budget could be just as competitive as the racer with seemingly unlimited funds. Today, 50 years later, Formula Vee continues to be the most popular open wheel class in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and offers some of the best racing excitement available to road racers across the country and throughout the world.
Our video highlights Formula Vee racing and showcases Formula Vee racer Kim Madrid from California. The film was shot during the SCCA US Majors Tour at Buttonwillow Raceway in California on May 1-3, 2015.