This is probably going to come across as negative, but this game... Ohh, this game, where do I begin...
This is the epitome of "make one mistake, lose" racing. You race clunkers, and they handle like clunkers. The AI races clunkers too, but theirs handle like exoticas.
My biggest gripe, I think, is with the turbo system. The game doesn't reward you for driving well at all. In the contrary, it rewards you for driving like a raving lunatic and boosting your turbo meter by ramming through boards, scaffolding, tire stacks, what have you. These obstacles slow you down when you hit them, sometimes dramatically, and have a knack for sending you anywhere but forward. Which brings me to my smaller gripe.
The Reset Button. This thing is your best friend, because between the crazy AI slamming you around and the track having really ambiguous destructibles (Can you run through a fence? Sure! Can you run through a wooden pole? Nope!) you'll have one finger above the R key at all times. But this thing loves to set you back about 100 meters from where you were, easily shoving you from 1st-4th to 8th in a second. The game also thinks you'll get a kick out of watching your driver fly out through the windshield and so you're stuck waiting 2-3 precious seconds to be allowed to Reset your car, which just further guarantees your being set back behind every other driver.
I find myself hard pressed to finish first, ever. I'll get second if I'm lucky, usually third. If I can't be sure I get third I just restart the race because the career doesn't award you prize money below 3rd. Which is upsetting because you can drive like an ace for the first 2 laps and then one bump sends you barreling through junk and ruins any high you were having about doing well in the race. This is not the type of racing game where you can secure a considerable advance and keep it for a while. If the clunky driving with its heavily delayed turns and slow acceleration doesn't do you in, the obstacles on the track, those which choose to not be destructible though they look like they could be, will do you in.