Kill the men in the all black suits with the black hat (gangsters) to earn $500 each. Blow up cars for $100 each. Also, go into the country and speed in a fast car. Drive taxis to earn money.
Successfully complete the game to unlock free ride extreme mode, which includes new cars and no police.
Walk behind them and shoot them. This works best with the sawed off shotgun.
Get to a rail station, elevated rail station, or trolley. Get in and wait until your wanted level goes down.
Aiming at tires and shooting where the bolts are, in the middle. This works best with the Tommy gun.
Go into free ride mode and choose City-Small and any car. Drive around in the "working quarters" (the industrial district) until you find a two story car park (garage) next to a building with a sign that reads "Lost Heaven Hardware Co.". Drive up the ramp to the second level. In the corner, there should be a large green car. Walk over and get in. It is unlocked and you do not need to know how to steal it in order to so. This car is fast and is very rare. You will receive money for driving it dangerously fast without crashing. If you do crash, it is very durable and will be able to withstand a lot of damage. If you have trouble finding it, it is the cement two level car-park in the work quarters next to a main road with trolley tracks running on it. This is also the main road that goes under the train tracks and runs past the grain silos.
You can save some effort by shooting the tires on the getaway car before you try to enter the hotel. It is much easier than trying to shoot them while driving at the same time.
Drive up to the first checkpoint and slow down. Behind the boulders is a short patch of sand where you can drive onto the closed road. This of course is the "wrong way" and if you plan to go through it, you will be faster but not complete the lap. You will not win unless you do the following. Drive up to the end of the road, just past the "Dunniel" (or something similar) sign, where you get your checkpoint information and select "Replace Car" (default is [Keypad 0]). The goal is now just a few inches away. You must to do this five times. By doing so, you can finish the race in a little less than six minutes. Note: Make sure you do not crash on the closed road as the "Replace Car" might not work there, or will place you back to the first checkpoint.
If you have a steering wheel, map it quick. Gun it all the way on the first lap. Just get in the first place position by the finishing straight. You can now go safely to the finish line. On the large banked corner at the end, go very close to the wall as you will lose less speed.
Switch to manual gear (default is M) just after you get past the stuck car. Tthe gear then should switch to second , You would see the number "2" in the square in the middle of your speedometer. Remain in second gear until the end of the race. Slow down before turns (either release the key or brake before sharp turns). You still need a lot of practice and must know the track in order to finish first. Also, if you are not at least fifth place after the first lap and at least third place after the second lap, start over. This will save a lot of time.