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Old 10-19-2008, 04:53 PM   #1
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Just curious if any of you run the 1/4 with your daily drivers. I know insurance is an issue, but it seems far more tame than actually sharing a track course at high speed with other cars.
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:57 PM   #2
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it's just so boring imo and does nothing to improve your actual driving skills... and hpde days are very safe. i've never had a close encounter with another car in 3 years of hpde events. i've had one close call in tt in the last 2 years with an overly aggressive vette driver.
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Old 10-19-2008, 06:40 PM   #3
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1/4 is bring as wgnwheel said. Plus launching hard is one of the worst things you can do to an awd car. Track days are so much better, and actually help you become a better driver. plus you get more than a minute of run time for your days efforts instead of a few 13 second passes
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Old 10-19-2008, 07:24 PM   #4
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No question the road course sounds more fun. Still, I'd think one would like 1/4 mile results, even once, to see how a car is making its power. A real-world dyno test.
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Old 10-19-2008, 07:33 PM   #5
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nothing wrong with going to a drag strip aslong as its prepped right, you dont launch the piss outta your car and most importantly LET OFF if you get wheel hop and you'll be just fine. i drive my car to and from the track every friday with no issues
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Old 10-19-2008, 07:34 PM   #6
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I have run my last 3 cars just for fun.
I would love to run on a road course but there are none close to me. 1/4 mile tracks used to be 2 miles away be for I moved.

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Old 10-19-2008, 08:04 PM   #7
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nothing wrong with going to a drag strip aslong as its prepped right, you dont launch the piss outta your car and most importantly LET OFF if you get wheel hop and you'll be just fine. i drive my car to and from the track every friday with no issues
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:12 PM   #8
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i drag race and road course my daily driver
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Old 10-19-2008, 08:20 PM   #9
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thank you! i love my set up.. perfect street set up and shes my daily driver. now im trying to get a 6 speed before my 5 speed doesnt have any life left in it... or teeth on the gears rather
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:24 PM   #10
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Old 10-21-2008, 12:13 AM   #11
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it's just so boring imo and does nothing to improve your actual driving skills... and hpde days are very safe. i've never had a close encounter with another car in 3 years of hpde events. i've had one close call in tt in the last 2 years with an overly aggressive vette driver.
It helps your reaction time, car control, shifting and throttle modulation.

It helps you learn how to set up a car in traction limited scenarios (yes even AWD) and dial your car in ECU wise and suspension wise.

It teaches you how to optimize your powerband and power output in general via parts selection and tuneup. It helps you understand the relation between gearing, tire size, tire construction and everything driveline related.

Some people think NASCAR is boring but the level of engineering cannot be ignored and should be respected.

That's akin to someone saying you like road racing because your car is slow in a straight line. What was your (and the person below you) interest in clicking on the thread?

In response to the person below - racing in general is the worst thing you can do to your car aside from setting it on fire, parking it in the ocean or sending it off a cliff. Racing puts stress on parts, I don't understand what your comment is trying to imply.
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Old 10-21-2008, 01:17 AM   #12
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I regularly drag raced my WRX for several years. It is typically much cheaper to go drag racing than to run track days. Both can tear up the car if you are not paying attention or just make a mistake. Blowouts, fried brakes offs on the road course can be very expensive, and cost you far more than a transmission. If you learn to do it properly you can launch the WRX with minimal risk of hurting the transmission.

The adrenaline rush from trying to tree your opponent or running down another competitor in the traps can be just as intense as a track session.

Pay your money take your choice. They both can teach you things about driving and your car. Both are fun if you get into them, both can cost you a butt load of money if you screw up.

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Old 10-21-2008, 11:57 AM   #13
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I have done a season of Street legals and I have done a couple Road course track days. They are very different and fun in there own respects. Personally, I would rather go Go-Kart racing than do a Track day. You are able to be more aggressive and you are around people more in Go Karts.

1/4 mile is cool. It is adrenaline from the moment you pull up to the burn out boxes until you pass the last sensor. It can be frustrating with your launches and nailing those 60' foot times. Whoever says that you don't become a better driver from the 1/4 mile is ignorant. When a stage 2 2003 wrx is pulling better times than STi's with a 20G then you know it is skill. This happens at my local strip all of the time. This stage 2 wrx guy started out with crap times but through racing every week he was able to dial his time down to where he beats 85% of STi's with bigger turbo's and all.

Try it out and see what you think. I have done a whole season as well with no issues. Just don't redline launch it and drop the clutch.
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Old 10-21-2008, 06:14 PM   #14
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:15 PM   #15
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I drag, track and autox my car.


just be prepared to break **** and you'll be OK.

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Old 10-21-2008, 07:32 PM   #16
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I have done a season of Street legals and I have done a couple Road course track days. They are very different and fun in there own respects. Personally, I would rather go Go-Kart racing than do a Track day. You are able to be more aggressive and you are around people more in Go Karts.

1/4 mile is cool. It is adrenaline from the moment you pull up to the burn out boxes until you pass the last sensor. It can be frustrating with your launches and nailing those 60' foot times. Whoever says that you don't become a better driver from the 1/4 mile is ignorant. When a stage 2 2003 wrx is pulling better times than STi's with a 20G then you know it is skill. This happens at my local strip all of the time. This stage 2 wrx guy started out with crap times but through racing every week he was able to dial his time down to where he beats 85% of STi's with bigger turbo's and all.

Try it out and see what you think. I have done a whole season as well with no issues. Just don't redline launch it and drop the clutch.
i agree with him... i love going to the drag strip but theres some of the really fast gas go karts about 20min from me... i go every friday night and love it!
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:34 PM   #17
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I drag my daily with no probs!! Just learn to drive and you will break a lot less stuff.
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both my wife and I drag race our 07 and 08 STi as well as autocross them. They are also our daily drivers and she uses hers for work.
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I drag my daily with no probs!! Just learn to drive and you will break a lot less stuff.


you managed a 10.85 without ever breaking anything.....lucky you
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:49 PM   #20
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I drag, track and autox my car.


just be prepared to break **** and you'll be OK.

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on my 2nd motor
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ya I'm a bit rough
Haha im right there with ya!

on my 2nd 6mt
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I have done a season of Street legals and I have done a couple Road course track days. They are very different and fun in there own respects. Personally, I would rather go Go-Kart racing than do a Track day. You are able to be more aggressive and you are around people more in Go Karts.

1/4 mile is cool. It is adrenaline from the moment you pull up to the burn out boxes until you pass the last sensor. It can be frustrating with your launches and nailing those 60' foot times. Whoever says that you don't become a better driver from the 1/4 mile is ignorant. When a stage 2 2003 wrx is pulling better times than STi's with a 20G then you know it is skill. This happens at my local strip all of the time. This stage 2 wrx guy started out with crap times but through racing every week he was able to dial his time down to where he beats 85% of STi's with bigger turbo's and all.

Try it out and see what you think. I have done a whole season as well with no issues. Just don't redline launch it and drop the clutch.
Hehe,... this sounds familar. This last weekend I ran a 12.28 in my 2002 18G powered 2.0L . Saw a 20G powered STI there running 13.70s,....
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Old 10-21-2008, 07:55 PM   #22
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Haha im right there with ya!

on my 2nd 6mt
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on my 4th clutch
LOL trade ya timeslips

what went on your 6mt, I lost all of 4th gear into the pan (fluke Ive been told)

Ive never broke an axle yet and cant figure that one out at all.
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LOL trade ya timeslips

what went on your 6mt, I lost all of 4th gear into the pan (fluke Ive been told)

Ive never broke an axle yet and cant figure that one out at all.
Mine broke 2nd gear.

I broke one stock axle then i just went ahead and put DSS axles on the car.
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ok ok i lied, i broke an axle.
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I've gone to the strip once and got in three runs. It's a blast, and I plan on going back after future mods. And yes it does take quite a bit of skill to get out of the hole smoothly and quickly... very rewarding IMO, and so is beating gt500's on drag radials with a car that cost half as much.
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