The Rags to Races Podcast: Motorsports and Racing for Everyone

For years, I've wanted to get involved in motorsports, Growing up, I never had anyone to help me learn how to get started. As a teenager, I thought you needed to have piles of money to even get started in racing. Now I'm all grown up, and over the years, I've found many ways to get my fix at the track, even when I had no money at all. The Rags to Races Podcast is here to show you how anyone can get involved in motorsports, no matter what the budget you're working with is. So, if you're the kind of person that lives for auto racing in any and all forms this podcast is for you. From SCCA to Drifting and Autocross to Rally, Jake is going to cover it all!
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Nov 13, 2016

In this episode, Jake goes over the current state of his Miata that is being built for Chumpcar Series Racing.

Jake covers just how much he's spent on the car, and how much still needs to be spent just to get the car on track. He also compares the cost of building a car from scratch to buying a used race car. (Hint- It's MUCH cheaper to buy a built car as opposed to building one yourself.)

Jake has said many times over that he's "a glutton for punishment" when it comes to building a car over buying one. It has nothing with the "Built over Bought" mantra. Jake just loves the build process and is willing to incorporate the losses incurred when comparing a built race car over buying an already proven race car.

If you're like Jake and love the build process, share your pictures on the Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter.

You can find us on Facebook at

I'm on Twitter @ragstoraces

My Instagram is @rags2races

Make sure to rate, subscribe and review on iTunes. You can also find the show on Stitcher. The blog is up at Opposite Lock, and the Youtube channel is up as well.

Keep the shiny side up!

Nov 6, 2016

Hey everybody! Jake here. I've got a bit of a sore throat, so I wasn't up to doing a full show this week. I did however want to reach out to all of you and let you know what's in the works.

I've been busy emailing people for upcoming episodes and also working on some solo episodes to give you some great info on what you can do to reach your motorsport goals.

If you haven't yet, please rate, review and susbscribe on iTunes. You can also find me on Stitcher. Follow me on Twitter @ragstoraces. I'm on Instagram @rags2races. You can find me on Facebook at and check out the blog on Opposite Lock. You can always email me your questions at As always, keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down. There are no strangers in motorsport, only friends you haven't met!

Nov 1, 2016

In this episode, Jake chats with Ian and Dave of Team Clearcoat. Jake gets their side of the big Chumpcar Race weekend, their aspirations for future motorsport goals, and starts to set up his race team for the Miata.

We have some laughs and talk about what it takes to run a successful endurance race with a car that has its share of poor engineering ideas. The biggest thing I learned from working with them during the race and talking about the weekend afterwards was just how true my saying is: There really are no strangers in motorsport, only friends you haven't met.

Before the Chumpcar weekend I had only met Ian once, and spoken to Dave via email and social media. I reached out to them when I found out they were coming out to my neck of the woods, and it turned into an exciting weekend that was full of ups and downs. You can do it too. Just starting a conversation with someone can open doors for you to this great pastime!

You can find Ian and Dave everywhere podcasts are found, on Instagram and Twitter at @TeamClearcoat. They're on Facebook as well.

Please subscribe, rate and review on iTunes. Find me on Facebook at I'm on Twitter @Ragstoraces Instagram @rags2races I blog at Opposite Lock and the YouTube Channel is up as well.


Keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down!