Originally Posted by ridethecliche
There's an autocross here in about 2 or so weeks that puts me just beyond exams!
TV is going to be disappointed in me. I can hear him now... "your lack of faith disturbs me..."
Autocross is a great way to learn. You don't need to hit up a track right away. Autocross teaches you the fundamentals and will get you off to a great start. The Miata me thinks would be perfect for it.
I remember my first time I was at Barber, there was this guy in a 458 and this old dude in a Miata lapped him - this is in a typical session which last 15-20 minutes.
The 458 guy was super nice and said to me afterwards 'I just had to justify this to my wife'. The couple were great, but having just gotten it, he was afraid to damage it.
Autocross is awesome because of cost, relatively little risk of damage, and you won't be going batshit fast so you can find a comfort zone to learn in.