I've dealt with the "launching session", I've dealt with the missing trigger, and finally for the first time I got "waiting for other players" which it's been stuck at for about half an hour.
I know many people got past the race by playing against Lamar, but there's no option to start the tutorial as a solo game. Also, some people are warning against racing with other players, but some people are saying that you need to be connected to multiplayer to start the race.
Does anyone have any legit specific instructions to get past the damn tutorial at least? I'm not bitching about the servers or anything, just the glitchy first race.