What to look for in your first track car

The track is one of the only places on earth where you are completely unrestrained. It is liberating to experiment and find the limits of your vehicle.
The first time on the track can be as daunting as it is exciting. There are certain rules and etiquette, you don’t want to look like a noob and if you make a mistake you can destroy your car/someone else’s vehicle/get hurt. So, to make the experience as enjoyable as possible you need a car you are comfortable driving.
Comfort doesn’t just mean how the seat hugs your butt, it’s what losing the vehicle means for your life. Every time you set foot on a racetrack you need to be open to the possibility that you will not get your car back at the end, so if you’re using your daily driver make sure you have enough $$$ to buy a new car. Insurance doesn’t cover this, and even if someone else hits you and it’s 100% their fault, they will not pay for your car. Keep this in mind if a buddy lets you drive his car – most likely you will be expected to pay any resulting damages.
It’s also about how confident you are in driving the car. If you just got a Shelby GT500 and your previous car was a Honda Civic you’re gonna need time to get used to this. You don’t need a Ferrari to do a track day, as groups are generally split into “slow, medium, fast”. With that in mind, here is a list of what to look for:
Price in relation to your budget – don’t spend $50k and 2 years working your Subaru WRX if crashing it will send you into a deep depression. 
Pace (you want enough to have to practice throttle control, not enough to break the time/space continuum) 
Ease of fix
Availability of spare parts
As much as I hate myself for suggesting this because I am a Nissan fan – as your first track car, I would highly recommend a Honda Integra – yes it’s front wheel drive, but damn they are cheap, there’s a tonne of them around, reliable, handle well stock, self correct when spinning (just floor it) and they punch above their weight. Either that or a Miata. Miata’s are a cliché for a reason!

Shoutout to Ryan @odiryanj (Instagram) and his racing buddies for the sweet ground-roots racing pics!