don't race your 919!!! not enough classes for it. open-class bikes are just too limited in the classes they can run. i would say the same thing about any open classer.
however, you can do track days and learn a lot.
team promotion (www.teampromotion.com
) and nesba (www.nesba.com
) are both near you. both are similar in what they do. the major difference (to me) is the way they start you off and i think it's a probably a good place for you to figure out where you'll fit better.
team promotion start you off with a required school. if gs500rider or cbrbob picks up on this, they'll let you in on this a bit more.
but basically they describe the basic rules of riding on a race track. how to approach corners. i believe hydration is mentioned. the basics. the things people forget from time to time. because of this, their first day actually costs a little bit more.
with nesba you can start with a free day of two sessions where you ride around at 30 mph. personally, i wouldn't waste my time to head to a race track to do it (and i'm only 30-40 minutes from pocono). but a lot of people love it. so, maybe i'm nuts to not want to get up at 5am to trailer my bike to the track for 25 minutes or so of riding time.
as for costs:
you should have a good helmet already
you'll need a back protector:$65-$145 (fastlap to bohn) i don't think they are required, but YOU NEED ONE!!!
you'll need gloves (don't skimp). kangaroo hide is more valuable to me than carbon knuckles (imo)
leathers--two pieces are fine. agv sells a lot of inexpensive suits (check newenough and 1888fastlap.com for cheap prices on close-out suits)
boots--lots of choices. i bought two pairs of used boots. sounds kinda disgusting, but i paid $175 total for a pair of alpinestars 511 (the boot of the time, $50) and daytona winners (near new, $125).
tires--you make it a whole season on one set, maybe two. seriously. especially if you take them off after each trackday.