two player on local network? split screen?

I was so frustrated as a casual gamer and trying to select a race versus a friend I had over. I could never find out how this works or steps involved?

I googled and followed some suggestions but got to a point where the second player couldn’t select any cars and proceed? I hit a button to proceed but it bounced me back to the menu.

Can someone please explain if I can play two players/splitscreen or not splitscreen and how do I do this?

Thanks very much in advance.