A race is dangerous and racers know what they are up to, the moment that they participate. They have prepared for the worst, yet they are hoping for the best since none of them would want to end up in the cemetery or in the hospital. That is the sad truth about racing, but they keep on participating since the prize are high. They could use the money for a lot of things, but they would certainly include upgrading their car for the next race.
Drive your car as fast as you can till you reach the finish line. Try to limit the bumps in your car as much as possible because that will slow you down.