Jobs in Auto Racing – Interesting Auto Jobs

Jobs in auto racing are plentiful or scarce, depending on which end of racing you are looking at, so if you want one, start thinking “out of the car”. Actual driving jobs are very scarce. The competition is heavy, you need skill, connections, and experience just to begin to think you have a chance at driving. However, there are some other paths to try within this huge industry.

If you want to be the star, the driver, start where you can. There are amateur races as well as professional races. Local tracks, small towns, fairs and carnivals can all have race driving opportunities. Race car owners need drivers, but they also need the team that keeps that car working. Pit crew, managers, media and public relations people, and an office team for scheduling, payroll, advertising, and travel arrangements.

There are racing schools and programs in Motorsports Management. There are hands on courses and online courses for students, professional and amateur drivers. Team members can also benefit from training courses. Managers, owners, agents and promoters need to know how to do their jobs better. Students can take this opportunity to build relationships for the future, network, and keep up to date with their skills.

Beyond the actual drivers and their pit crews, jobs in auto racing are available at the tracks, in broadcasting, and in promotion. Every track has its team of specialists. There are jobs for directors, marketers, media and communications, business development, sales, office administration, hospitality, security, and special event coordinators.

Some tracks need coordinators to handle large events, such as car shows and corporate sponsored events. In sales, both tracks and owners look for paid sponsors. This would be mostly an off track job, and there would be travel and public relations involved. Driver agents help expand the ability of drivers to build public relations, make special appearances possible, and keep things running smoothly on that level.

There are jobs in auto racing with related associations, such as NASCAR, the United State Auto Club, National Hot Rod Association, International Motor Sports Association, and other groups. Volunteering is another way to work into an auto racing related job. It is perfect for networking and meeting influential people who might later be helpful in your career.

A newer opportunity for those who want to improve their driving talents are the many racing schools and racing experience commercial operations, like Mario Andretti and Jeff Gordon have begun for the public to enjoy. Here, you can get a hands on racing school driving experience. Drive NASCAR, Indy or Formula style cars, or BMW on real tracks for an affordable $99 up to $1149 for multiple style cars and more time, up to 45 minutes. You never know who might be watching!

Driving a race car is like the frosting on a cake! Sweet, but it is the topping on the cake. Driving is the topping for a very large, exciting industry. There are plenty of jobs in auto racing “outside the car”.

Los Angeles Auto Show 2009 Concept Cars Capture Attention

The Los Angeles Auto Show 2009 is featuring 11 concept cars which either have a space age design, a green theme or both. Concept cars from Audi, BMW, Honda, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo offer a glimpse at what the vehicles of tomorrow may look like.

This group of concept cars include:

o Audi e-tron
o BMW Vision EfficientDynamics
o Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport
o Lexus LF-Ch Premium Compact Hybrid
o BMW MINI Coupe
o BMW MINI Roadster
o Mitsubishi PX-MiEV
o Subaru Hybrid Tourer
o Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid
o Volkswagen Up! Lite
o Volvo S60 Concept

In regard to space age design, the Audi e-tron, BMW Vision EfficientDynamics and Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport blow away their respective competition. And of this group, the Honda Personal-Neo Urban Transport (or P-NUT as they are calling it) has the most futuristic design.

The P-NUT is a small urban vehicle meant to tool around big cities and fit into tight spaces. It has a small internal combustion engine coupled with a hybrid battery pack that makes it a green vehicle.

On the P-NUT, the windshield and sunroof merge into one as the swoop of the overhead design lends itself to this feature. Now, let’s face it, next to the space age vehicle, the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) isn’t very sexy.

It looks basically like a Prius. But what is sexy is that unlike many other concept vehicles, this one is expected to make it to market next year. Not only that, the Prius PHEV will compete head-on with the GM Volt PHEV.

While GM is making grandiose claims about the performance of the Volt (which is still a work in progress) setting up extreme expectations, Toyota is downplaying expectations of the Prius PHEV – for now.

One can look forward to next year and the years beyond and see the Toyota concept car of today, being one of the highest selling vehicles in tomorrow’s marketplace. And, that’s a pretty good concept, now isn’t it?

Auto Alliance on Alternative Fuel Autos

Member companies of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (Auto Alliance) started the celebration of the nationwide National Alternative Fuel Autos Week by announcing to the public that there are currently about 10.5 million vehicles with alternative fuel drivetrain traveling in the millions of roads across the US. Auto Alliance obtained the information based from the 2006 sales results provided by R. L. Polk & Co., the premier provider of automotive information and marketing solutions to the automotive world.

Dave McCurdy, president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
“There are 10.5 million Alternative Fuel Autos on the roads and highways of every state across the country. We are happy to see that consumers are, in fact, discovering the alternatives that are available to them on dealership lots nationwide.”

“We believe that the numbers of Alternative Fuel Autos on the roads continue to rise because consumers can choose from a variety of autos that reduce fuel use while still providing the utility, safety, performance and comfort they seek.” he added.

McCurdy continued and said: “Having exceeded our sales expectations in 2006, we hope that 2007 will be another banner year for sales of Alternative Fuel Autos. This year marks the first-ever National Alternative Fuel Autos Week and automakers hope to draw more attention to the availability of these autos currently for sale.”

To date, there are 60 vehicle models from domestic and international car manufacturers with alternative fuel capability are currently offered in the US market. These include hybrid electric, E85 ethanol capable, and vehicles with clean diesel engines. These alternative fuel drivetrain are available in different vehicle classes like sedans, SUVs, pick up trucks, and vans. Moreover, automakers are expanding the range of alternative fuel vehicles, and include new powertrain technologies for different segments. Probably, someday people can see an E85 ethanol capable convertible coupe model with VW cabrio parts from Volkswagen, which is an active member of Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

Along with the increasing development of alternative fuel vehicles, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers is also working in conjunction with the alternative fuel industry and the US government to expand the development of energy infrastructures in the country. Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and their partners will conduct research and development projects for other energy sources like ethanol, biomass and hydrogen fuel.

Talking about the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, active member automakers of the alliance include BMW Group, DaimlerChrysler AG, Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corp., Mazda Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Porsche, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Volkswagen of America, Inc.