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Old 04-01-2006, 01:15 AM   #9
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Join Date: Feb 2000
Chapter/Region: RMIC
Location: Colorado Mountains
2004 STi
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Originally Posted by Foxy
4. I've never been on a road course before, and I have only powerslots/ss lines/hawk HPS for brakes, and Falken Ziex 512's (all seasons) for tires.

I have the 512s on my Evo. They're not the greatest, but you should be OK. I've noticed that running higher tire pressure helps. Try 40 psi cold.

Stuff I bring to the track:

* Tools (socket set, assorted screwdrivers, jack, torque wrench, tire pressure guage)

* extra set of front pads if you got 'em. Ideally, you should run a different pad at the track than on the street. No worries if you can't. Just adjust your driving style accordingly.

* Bring plenty of water & food to munch on.

* Sunscreen

* Helmet

What I leave at home:

* My ego. I let my wife hang onto it for the day. It's a good idea to score a ride-along with someone who's driven the track & knows the line. Go slow your first couple times out and get a feel for the line. Being smooth in your transitions counts for more than you would realize. I've been in cars with drivers that felt slow, but were actually turning good lap times. Take the time to warm up and cool down between hot laps. The warmup is for you to get the feel of the track again and bring your brakes back up to an effective temp (if you're running more aggressive pads). The cool down helps cool down the car (motor, rotors, pads) before you pit. Refrain from using your e-brake when you pit.

Overall, it's a total blast & the most fun I've had with my cars. GhostRider hit it on the head when he said that it's up to the driver to know his/her limits & the limits of the car. I had some of my best days (most fun) at the track driving at 8/10 & just enjoying the experience. Go for it, you won't regret it.
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