Getting Ready for Next Year--Part 1--Getting a Racing License

I have been giving it a lot of thought as to what to do next year. So I decided to do some investigating online, called my fav local racing shop RaceCo and came up with goals. This will be a 3 part series consisting of getting a racing license, branding, and funding.

Getting a Racing License

It is crucial I get a racing license in order to start racing in the big leagues. Although Autocross racing has given me a great foundation to start with it will not take me where I want to go. I think I want to go race in either wheel-to-wheel racing or time trial racing. I want to become a professional race car driver. I found a couple of ways to obtain a racing license.

NASA
In order to obtain a license through NASA you have to be a member first. Then attend their HPDE program.  On that page they have all the requirements to attend HPDE, but it doesn't say how to obtain the license after you are done with HPDE. Here is the site that tells you how to get the racing license and the medical form that needs to be filled out.

SCCA
Just like NASA it takes about half the season in order to get your racing license. Also like NASA you have to be a member to get your racing license. Here is the site with all the steps and forms to get the racing license. On the page it says you have to attend one of their driver schools plus three additional race weekends you are eligible to receive the racing license.

Accredited Racing School
The benefit of attending racing schools like Ford Racing School, Bob Bondurant,Skip Barber, etc. is that I get my license in a few days compared to months. But the downside is that it costs alot more, about $6-10K more.

Does anyone know if there are any other avenues for one to obtain a racing license? Please share! Next week I will talk about ideas I have about branding myself, setting myself apart from other race car drivers.

Ciao!