If anyone can help me out, I just started playing this, but I can't beat an thing, and tips or pointers on how to beat the computer?
Yeah I had some troubles when I got started too... the game is really "cold" from the get-go. You need to work at it for a bit until you get used to how things work. Then it warms up and gets a lot more fun.
Everyone has their own stragedy. I'll tell you mine, it seems to work for me, but I'm sure others do things differently.
When I'm staging, I roll forward and park the front tires (Black Line) Right on or just a tiny bit before the white line seperating the two green blocks in the staging area meter on the left of the screen. This next part kinda depends on how tuned your car is and how fast it gets off the line. From here on, reaction time is completely dependant on good timing. I'm guessing you have a Civic and that it's mostly stock. It's a dog off the line stock. What I do is when the second yellow light, is lit... just before it's going to go off I shift into first. Then when the third light lits, I wait a split second and then drag the accelerator up. What happens is this... When I shift into first, the car starts to roll forward really slow. By the time the third light, lights... you have creeped closer to the edge of the staging zone. So... if you timed it right and hit the accelerator sometime during the third light, by the time you roll over the edge of the staging area there will be a green light and you will get .550 or better or worse (hey, redlights happen).. All of this depends on your car though. You will have to test it out whenever you make your car faster because it will hopefully be leaving the line faster with improvements so your timing will change.
What I do for bracket time is use the time I run. Say in a stock civic your average run is like 15.65. Set your bracket time just slightly faster than that, like 15.63. If you set it too low you'll always lose, and the .63 is really important. Makes the race much closer and gives you a better chance than just putting 15.0. So you might do a couple runs to get a good average number to use as your bracket time.
The last thing I learned quick is that winning money from the computer racers really isn't too hard if you race the Cup Tournaments. The Amatuer one pays 100$ per win against the 3 racers and 500$ Completion. The Sports Division cup pays 1000$ completion bonus. During the competition you can run as many times as you want until you win, so you've got nothing to lose. When I had my bracket time and launch perfected I could finish the amateur Cup in like 5 minutes. There's 800$ in no time. When I got faster I did the Sport Division with the same time, like 5 minutes to complete the whole tournament.
Eh, thats a lot to read but I hope it helps some... Just remember when you take off the line you want to be in gear before you crank up the accelerator... it's amazing even a 160hp stock civic will spin it's tires all the way up the strip.