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Old 10-03-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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Beginner at the track

What advice do you have for someone who is going tithe track for the first time?
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Old 10-03-2012, 11:39 PM   #3
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+1 I forgot that when I went for my first time. Lol.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:31 AM   #4
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What rpm do you launch at? And I hear you should slip the clutch then i hear you should dump it whats your advice on that
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I am a modded six and when at the track I am on drag radials, so i bump it down pretty hard. When on the stock 225s though, I rev to about 2k rpms, pop the clutch, then as the car is leaving I am steady adding loud pedal, I am at full throttle by the 60ft mark, approximately 1.85 seconds later. I am +3 on the breathing. Also, don't tense up and clench your teeth(until you'e in third on the spray...wait, that's just me), reaction times will be slower, and don't over think it either. Just be sure to get third down, and you're home free.
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first time, watch how people line up, get an idea of the motions they go though, about where they pull up to, the lights etc. The first person to stage at the light has more time to prepare, the second inches up until he triggers the set light then has a couple seconds to get ready before the lights come down.

Reaction time does NOT modify your cars track time, thats just the amount of time the light was green BEFORE you started to move. The time you run is from when you move. Thats how it is at most tracks.

Its sticky out there if prepped right, go practice somewhere out of the public to get a feel for launching with a bit of wheel spin but not a ton. At the track a tiny bit more than that will work good.

Dont shift the crap out of the car until you get the launch down, there is NO point in beating up on the car when you just ran a 3.5 60ft time (time from start to 60ft down the track) as your times WILL SUCK regardless.

Once your 60ft is 2.0-2.1 or better THEN start shifting right and quicker, no point in blowing the trans, missing a shift, etc when you are gonna get a crappy time regardless.

street tires = avoid the water box. Spin them over to clean them off a bit but nothing else is needed, dont do a burnout.
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first time, watch how people line up, get an idea of the motions they go though, about where they pull up to, the lights etc. The first person to stage at the light has more time to prepare, the second inches up until he triggers the set light then has a couple seconds to get ready before the lights come down.

Reaction time does NOT modify your cars track time, thats just the amount of time the light was green BEFORE you started to move. The time you run is from when you move. Thats how it is at most tracks.

Its sticky out there if prepped right, go practice somewhere out of the public to get a feel for launching with a bit of wheel spin but not a ton. At the track a tiny bit more than that will work good.

Dont shift the crap out of the car until you get the launch down, there is NO point in beating up on the car when you just ran a 3.5 60ft time (time from start to 60ft down the track) as your times WILL SUCK regardless.

Once your 60ft is 2.0-2.1 or better THEN start shifting right and quicker, no point in blowing the trans, missing a shift, etc when you are gonna get a crappy time regardless.

street tires = avoid the water box. Spin them over to clean them off a bit but nothing else is needed, dont do a burnout.
^+1 Here's a general layout of the track launch area.
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When your in line waiting watch how fast the lights drop. It will help having the speed already in your head.
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I agree that you should not worry about the light so much at the beginning also forget about the car Nxt to you and work on your launch if you can't get out of the hole it doesn't matter how fast you reacted...I also wasn't joking when I said breathe the first time out your heart is going to want to jump out of your chest if you just breathe and relax you will minimize mental mistakes...my first run in my gt500 was a 9.6 on an 1/8 th mile track....all because I was not relaxing and I was just pedal to the metal. With the same setup no different I went 8.0 because I relaxed and drove the car the way it was supposed to be driven in fact I have a few more tenths in it as my 60ft was 2.1 on that run....Don't get discouraged if your times really suck for the first couple of time to the track it will get better just keep practicing
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also if they try to line up up with someone that is SUPER loud or some form of crazy fast car just tell em you will pass and go the next round. If you cant hear your own motor thats bad lol
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also if they try to line up up with someone that is SUPER loud or some form of crazy fast car just tell em you will pass and go the next round. If you cant hear your own motor thats bad lol
+1 lol. Once you're used to it, no biggie, but this actually true.
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also if they try to line up up with someone that is SUPER loud or some form of crazy fast car just tell em you will pass and go the next round. If you cant hear your own motor thats bad lol
Agreed! If the car has a lopey sound to it and it smells alcohol when they have it running stay away from it. It probably runs like its *** is on fire.
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Agreed! If the car has a lopey sound to it and it smells alcohol when they have it running stay away from it. It probably runs like its *** is on fire.
Lmao luv it lol
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