From The GPRO Wiki
First Rule: Don't spend any!!!
The initial temptation is to go straight into “Update Car” or “Facilities” and spend all your money on making your car instantly faster. This is a huge no-no.
The Rookie league especially, is meant as an introduction to the game and to teach people how they will need to manage their finances if they wish to progress and be successful in this game.
If you overspend and are forced into debt, then you will not be able to sign a decent driver, replace any of your car parts (you can only downgrade), plus you will not be promoted if you are in debt – even if you trounce your league and win by 50 points.
Therefore it is strongly recommended you never spend any money unless you are forced to. Scrimp and save is the mark of a true champion.
ONLY ever replace/upgrade car parts when they are so worn they will not last the next race. This way you are getting the most use out of them and not throwing money down the drain. If you’re in contention for promotion, then you will need every penny you can save for you to mount a realistic survival effort next season in Amateur.
The Disadvantages of being in debt
If in debt, you will not be able to:
- Buy new parts for your car
- Train your driver
- Make any testing
- Train your staff
- Upgrade your facilities
- Make offers to good drivers depending on the class you are racing in:
- If you are in the Elite group you won't be able to offer contracts to drivers with overall higher than 110
- If you are in a Master group you won't be able to offer contracts to drivers with overall higher than 100
- If you are in a Pro group you won't be able to offer contracts to drivers with overall higher than 90
- If you are in an Amateur group you won't be able to offer contracts to drivers with overall higher than 80
- If you are in a Rookie group you won't be able to offer contracts to drivers with overall higher than 70
- Make offers to technical directors
- Offer bonuses to drivers
Already in a mess? Want a fresh start?
At the end of every season Rookie is completely reset (see Rookie Reset). Anyone who does not earn promotion has all upgrades, facilities, everything, wiped and everyone starts with a clean slate with $30mil to spend once again. This is upped to $35mil if you raced in all 17 races of the previous season. This can be very useful if you know you will not promote and want to sign a new driver as you can effectively write off your driver offer & signing fees as the money is reset and all you will be left with is the driver salary for the following season.
This page will show you your last 100 financial transactions (both expenditure and race income). In the case of a Rookie, your history is cleared and just starts with the 30Million startup money.
Frequently Asked Questions
A manager in my Rookie league has started with $31/32/33/35 million! How come?
If you competed in all 17 races from the previous season you will get the $5Mill bonus (even in Rookie). Most managers will start a rookie season (before Race 1) with either $30Mill or $35Mill.
The other figures are explained by the manager successfully passing the "Certification Test" prior to the start of the season. Depending on whether they successfully complete this test in their first 3 attempts, they will be awarded a prize of between $1-3 million.