As for him funding his own racing??? Not likely to happen. His weekly allowance is $50 - that is spent on admission fees. This financial strain has only started happening in the last couple of years - when he moved up from stock car (think 80's model year Monte Carlos) to Modified - smaller parts, break easier, more of them, higher level of competition, etc. I wish we had never left stock car... things were a lot less stressful then and we did very well with it (won 15 races one year). There was still financial strain, but it wasn't as bad as it is now. There was more sponsor money then to fix things as they broke. Our last year in stock car we had 20 sponsors! Now we only have 10 or so. The economy caused a lot of our business sponsors to back out. Most of our current sponsors donate materials instead of cash - for instance, Arnold Motor Supplies gives us oil and filters for the bi-weekly oil changes. Oil doesn't help when a ball joint breaks, ya know?
Anyway, I know that we're not the only ones paying out the nose for the car. MIL and FIL pay a lot too. They rack up a credit card in multiples of $1,000 every year and spend all winter paying it off... they've had their own fights about it, too. At one point, when we were our most competitive, MIL put a spending freeze on the credit card b/c we replaced the motor that year and the spending was getting out of control.
It's frustrating and you'd think I'd be used to it by now. In 3 years, when our debts are completely paid off, it won't be a problem. we'll have the "disposable" income... right now we don't so these little charges here and there drive me batty. I should be more flexible, but I have goals I want to achieve and flexibility will make that achievement very difficult.