I gave it a try last night. And it was a blast. Houston Motorsports Park is a 3/8 mile paved oval. They run a fwd class called Eco Stock. I decided to take the plunge this year and see what it's like.
I picked up a 2001 Saturn SL2, had it caged, slotted the right front strut for camber, changed the oil, mounted new tires, and went racing. Tires were Direzza III's; they cost more than the car.
I was third fastest in practice and 4th in the heat race. They inverted the top five, so I started outside first row for the feature. I can't manually select first gear in the Saturn, and I got jumped bad on the start. I need to learn the timing to get a downshift to first. I was in 5th by the back straight.
My strategy now was to stick with the guy in front of me and let him do the hard work and then follow him through on passes. About 10 laps in, we got by the 3rd place car. With 4 laps left, he made it to second, but I wasn't able to follow. But 2 laps later, I was able to make the pass into 3rd when the other driver over drove a corner and slid up a little. I finished in 3rd, within sight of the leader.
I'm not giving up on WRL and road racing at all. But this circle track stuff is actually fun. It was my first time racing a fwd car, my first time on an oval, and the car's first time on a track, and I got a podium finish, a cheap trophy, and some money will be coming in the mail. $60 to enter the race, and I'm into the car for under $3k, including new tires and a tran$ponder.
Circle track, don't knock it until you try it.