I'm a little confused, but I don't think racing a Focus Midget is a bad idea. You say you want to run in California.
I tell you what I like about that. California is a little slow about getting started. What I mean is that there is not that many cars in California. Even less in Northern California than in southern California. But I do think the Series will grow. I certainly hope so, and I think "Ford" and possibly USAC will do everything in it's power to make it happen.
I tell you what I like about it. If you have less cars, that means at every race you will get valuable track time.
If the series was filled you might not get to race. With the low head count right now, you are proabably guaranteed racing in every main event. That's what a rookie needs is seat time and laps.
Cory Kruseman once told me, to pick the type of racing I wanted to do. Save your money and do that type of racing. If you want to go Focus racing, do it. Plain and simple.
I agree to go to Jimmy Sills and drive his Esslinger midget would be the ultimate. The funny thing is, I don't know if he would let you drive it. When I drove his 410 non-wing sprint car, I had to talk my way into the program. I told him I had taken one Beginner Program with Cory, One intermediate and one advanced. He allowed me to walk into his advance program at night and run the 410 non-wing Sprint car.
You will have to talk to him to see what is best for you. Jimmy will not lead you down the wrong path.
Also, I think you have two very valuable resources at your benefit.
www.ryanlittracing.com and www.travisberryhill.com I'm sure if you wrote either of these two racers they could help you get on the right path. And if they don't help you, at least you tried. Don't stop trying, but you have to have the inititative first. If you are persistant, I think good racers and good advice will come your way. It has come to me..
As for the cost of Focus Midget Racing. Well, I will say this. It seems in TQ racing or Ford Focus Midget racing,
people respect their machinery and crashing is less evident than what I see in normal 360 non-wing racing.
Also I feel in general the motors are cheaper. Ford Focus Motor with a few extras is about 8300 dollars.
A killer 360 motor even if you have a cast iron block could run as high as 30,000 dollars. I know some people do it cheaper, but even at Ventura Speedway in California, you might be amazed at how much money some of these people put into their engines. In any case about 13,000 dollars can buy you a good used 360 killer motor.
Anybody knows the fuel bill for a Ford Focus Motor is going to be a lot cheaper than a 360 V8 engine.
Also the tires are a lot cheaper for the Ford Focus series. Let's just say 125.00 dollars for a tire. And a 360 sprint car tire could cost you 200.00 dollars.
Don't forget the "Pull" bill. A bigger heavier car is going to cost more than a lighter Ford Focus Midget.
I would say it cost a lot less to pull a Ford Focus Midget to the track than a 360 sprinter.
The ony other thing I would add is this. Don't get caught up in trying to keep up with the "JONES". You don't need a brand new truck. You don't need a fancy trailer. You don't even need extra parts.
I ran a eight races with Cory Kruseman, School Cars. Here's the deal. Break this car you're done for the night.
I only broke the car one time. We recently ran a TQ for two races and one practice. We had zero parts/spares. We have not broke the car yet. If we break it, we go home. We will get the parts we need then continue racing.
I will admit, we do have spares for the Focus Midget, but we don't bring them. We haven't brung them for the last two races. Wantabes? Yes, maybe? But we just feel if we crash this car, let's bring it home and fix it. We don't want to hustle like crazy putting on new front ends or sorts only maybe to crash it again.
Luckily we have raced twice and broke nothing on both cars. But I do admit, with the Focus we brang a few extra tires and wheel, shocks and springs and torsion bars. But those are mainly for track tuning which we have never had to do yet. We got a 7th in one race and a 3rd in another.
Here's the point. Races are won in the shop. Do your homework and try to setup your car correctly at the shop.
Try to have a game plan for what you might do at the track. Here's are basic game plan. Set the car up loose then tighten the car as the night goes on.
We have never changed anything on the Focus Midget or TQ in four races. Now we are ready to tune the chassis.
We will go to a lighter torsion bar in the RR in th e Focus. In the TQ I made a suggestion. I would like to put a half a turn into the right front torsion bar and a full turn in the LR. Bobby said "Larry the car is already tight". If you do that we got to move the right RR tire out and increase the tire Pressure. To me that is winning in the shop. I'm trying to figure out what this car needs to go faster.
I feel this change will make the car tighter on a loose track and really hook me up in the main if I get a good track.
I know I will have to driver this car hard into the corners and the one time I spun out I felt I got on a off camber track and my left wheel lifted causing me to spin. I think the changes will make me faster.
Best of Luck and see you at the races.
Lead Foot Larry, goin' to the front!