Understanding (And Crashing) The Best Cheap Serious Racing Series There Is NowRaphael Orlove2/02/16 2:58pmFiled to: AERBudget RacingJalopnik VideoCar Crashes8725EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink“If you’ve ever been in a race car,” racer Fabian Berger says, elbow-deep in the guts of a BMW E30, “then you know it’s worth wrenching the whole night.” This is the world of AER, American Endurance Racing, a budget racing series that’s not for amateurs. I, an amateur, found that out the hard way.AdvertisementBy that, I mean I stared down another race car as it plowed directly into my door at highway speeds.GIF Last fall the AER organizers invited Team Jalopnik out to compete against Team Road & Track in the season closer at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. They hooked us up with BMW E30 race cars built by the wonderful folks at DriveGear Racing. Our team, with varying levels of racing experience, was actually doing decent during qualifying and practice and feeling good about the weekend.AdvertisementThen it started raining.In one of my first laps of wheel-to-wheel racing, I looped the BMW on a particularly slick corner. Just as I was about to get the car going again, I looked up to see an Acura Integra bearing down upon me.A set of very thick NASCAR bars in the BMW’s roll cage kept the Acura’s front bumper out of the area that my hip bone was occupying.