^I've got that standard "rule" in my household too. Damn holidays. I, however, couldn't wait so I picked it up on release day. FM3 is a great game, it kept me entertained right up till FM4 was released. You can def learn the tracks on FM3, and then have that knowledge when its time to attack the new game. Don't bother with the New York track, as they didn't bring it back. (Thankfully, cuz I hated those chicanes!) Good luck with your FM4 "training" haha. Once you get the new one, and are all setup online, join the club. The rival challenge is great.
Speaking of the rival challenge, Loki, you've got some work to do!