After several years of taking shots for my own pleasure and gradually improving my equipment & skills (sometimes it seems like for every two steps forward, I take one back), I am now the "official" track photographer for my local short track. Filled in some last year, and they were happy enough that I will be doing it full time next season.
It is a 1/4 mile paved oval and my role is to capture both on track and victory lane images for both the track management as well as selling directly to the racers/fans. No limitations on access other than my own common sense. Been trying to upgrade my equipment over time, but at this time still shooting with a T1i and a 70-200 f4l non is zoom.
I have been going there for a couple decades as a fan and also reported on the track for a regional weekly racing publication a few years ago. I am very active in the local racing scene & friends with quite a few of the drivers/officials etc., so excited to be an official part of the "family"
While I will be selling pictures for $$, that really isn't my primary motivation. This track has been my entertainment for many years and the track management has treated me very well, so this is more about giving back and supporting the track by being there every week.
This is only a hobby for me, so if I make enough to buy new equipment and cover expenses, I will be OK with that. Frankly, many of these drivers are racing on a shoestring, so if the price point is too high (in their opinion), they just won't buy anything. If the choice is buying pictures or a race tire, the tire is going to win out every time.