This thread carries a fair amount of bad envy in it. Im sure we all wish we had someone to help us fund our racing dreams.
I think objective advise such as Gary's carries a lot of creditability, as I remember one of the drivers for the Subaru Team here in the US used nearly all of his inheretence to buy rides into the pro rally circuit.
Im sure im less than a mediocre driver but if I had the funds I'd be buying rides at every chance I get and spending the rest on coaching from guys like Gary and schools to improve.
Good Luck to the OP!