Wow you guys spend just that?
Try living on an island with high import duties and a different currency to boot.
I'm not complaining but I think down here a race weekend will easily cost 3 to 4 times whatever you guys are spending up North. When we race abroad the cost of a race weekend quickly grows also.
I think at the end of the day if you really enjoy what you're doing you should be willing to pay to play. I have been involved in full scale drag racing before and the amount of money that goes into that specific sport just blows your mind, both from the driver/team perspective as from the sponsors perspective.
Good thing the wife doesnt see the credit card receipts whew!