Racing is all about speed and control. You need those two to be on top of the other racers. Sad to say, but the is the truth and no one can do better if they aren't going to upgrade their cars. Yes, you would need some awesome driving skills if you want to at least compete in a race. This takes time because there are a lot of things that you need to experience before you can truly be good at something. You would need to practice a lot if you want to excel at something and you can't have a fat forward button for it. It takes a lot of hard work to be able to get to where you want to be. Success can only be achieve by those , who work hard on their dreams.
In this racing game, you need to give your best to be on top. Of course, you would need to give your best to be the best and there are no substitute for that, but do remember that you would need the best car to do that in this racing game. You would earn money based on your position in the race and you can use the money to buy some upgrades.