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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May 26, 2017

In this episode, Jake talks about karting with two experts, Davin Sturdivant and James McMahon of

Davin and James have both been karting for years now. They found a missing segment online for people wanting to get their start and those who have a true passion for kart racing. KartPulse came soon after, and they want to help you fall in love with the sport.

Whether you're a hardcore F1 fan, into circle track racing, a sports car enthusiast or an experienced racer already, karting has a place for you. If there's a better way to learn technique, we don't know about it yet. Look at most of the top sports car/open wheel racers from around the world, and karting is where they started!

You can find Davin and James at They are also on Facebook at Tweet them @kartpulse or find them on Instagram @kartpulse

You can find us on Facebook at Tweet us @ragstoraces We're on Instagram @rags2races and you can email us at

Until next time, Keep the shiny side up!

May 19, 2017

This is the episode Jake built this podcast around! Do you want to get deeper into motorsports than the average spectator and couch potato? How would you like to have an Indy Car come within inches from you at speed? Do you want to race, but don't have the budget for a car? This is the episode for you!

This week, Jake talks to Chris Buccola, a local SCCA Corner Marshall. Chris has been volunteering at events from the local club race all the way up to the 24 hours of Le Mans! To Jake's surprise, it isn't that hard to go from working at your local event to even getting behind the scenes at a Formula 1 race. Chris tells some great stories and shares just how easy it is to get YOUR start as a Corner Marshall.

If you're interested, you can get your start at and look up the F&C person in the contacts page (at least, that's where Jake found it in the Chicago Region page).

Check out the AMAZING pictures Chris shared with me on all my social media: @ragstoraces on Twitter and @rags2races on Instagram

If you need any help finding more information or just want to chat, don't hesitate to email me at

Keep the shiny side up!

May 12, 2017

In this episode, Jake goes over the good and bad from the past weekend's SCCA Majors race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Illinois. It wasn't the best weekend at the track, but it was a good time overall.

Jake also welcomes the newest member of the crew, Zack to the show. Jake and Zack have a candid conversation about getting started in motorsports, working on a race car, and first impressions of spending time both in the shop and at the race track.

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We're also on Twitter @ragstoraces

You can find us on Instagram @rags2races

Feel free to email me at with any questions, comments, or just to bench race.

Keep the shiny side up!

May 4, 2017


Jake has returned from his hiatus. In this mini-episode, he catches you up on what he's been doing since he stepped away from the mic.

From data logging devices and transmission changes to preparing for the upcoming race at Blackhawk Farms here in Illinois, he's been keeping plenty busy.

If you're in the area of South Beloit Illinois from May fifth through May seventh, you should come join us and spend some time at the track!

Please rate and review on iTunes, Follow me on Twitter @ragstoraces. I'm on Instagram @rags2races. You can also find me on Facebook at As always, don't hesitate to email me at

Keep the shiny side up!