Mark Tveten (mtveten on this forum, I think) is usually the benchmark for F1 up here in the northwest, and he's a very nice and helpful guy. I'm sure he could steer you in the right direction. Also, Korey Harbke (that's his username, too) knows his way around an F1 car and is usually quite helpful.
Also, check out the Northwest Racers forum, there are threads for all the local clubs. Seattle RC Racers, FastTrax NW, "tcs in Washington" is Galaxy Hobbies, "FWR Racing Season" is Fantasy World, there's a BRCR (Bremerton RC Raceway) thread. Four Seasons in Olympia probably has a thread, but I don't remember the title off the top of my head.
Anyway, we love to see new / returning racers getting into the hobby, and there's never a shortage of people at the track to help get you (back) up to speed.