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What is the best budget track car for beginners?

What is the best budget track car for beginners?

A photo of a track-ready Mazda Miata in red.

Is the Miata the best budget track car for beginners?
Photo: Steve DaSilvac

We’ve all been there, you watch a race for a weekend and can’t help but think to yourself, “I could do that.” It is clear that you can’t jump directly into an IndyCar monster, you have to start small. So you start looking up track days near you and find one that looks nice. But you don’t want your precious car on the road, there are other cars that can damage the paint.

If that sounds like you, then you could start browse the local classifieds for a second car that could become your trackday toy. But if you’re on a budget, what kind of car is a great starting point for your track day adventures?

That’s exactly what we want to discover today, we want to know what you think is the best budget track car for beginners.

If you ask our Steve, he will tell you that it is best to buy a Miataput new seats on it, and then find out you’re too tall to fit in. But maybe don’t unless you’re absolutely sure you’ll fit in after you’ve put all that work into it.

If you know you can’t fit in a Miata with roll cage and racing seats, why not try something like the Nissan 350Z? You can pick a decent one for a non-insane amount, and it will come with a nice 3.5-liter V6 that kicked out 306 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque when it was new.

But what other options are there? Head over to the comments section and let us know your picks for the best budget track car for beginners. On Monday, we’ll wrap up some of the best suggestions in a slideshow.