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I'm heading out to HPR tomorrow for my first road track experience.

It is "Open Lapping Day" - non-competetive and structured.

I have done some auto-x, and have taken my car to the limit.

I will be running my daily driven 99 LX, lightly modded N/A and suspension, with decent track tires.

Just wondering if anyone with road racing experience has advice to share.
 

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Best of luck.

Remember, things that are fine on the street and even the autocross can be pushed beyond their limit on a real track.
Watch that ECT.
 

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Thanks, thers have said that and I take it to heart.

I plan to have fun and safety is top on my list - being my street car...

I am pretty stoked about it and can already feel the adrenaline of being on a hot track.

What about technical strategy, like checking and adjusting tire pressure, tire temp, brake temp, cooling time any helpful tips?

Wish I had time to change to good pads, currently running OEM type ceramic pads and ATE Super Blue.
 

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What about technical strategy, like checking and adjusting tire pressure, tire temp, brake temp, cooling time any helpful tips?

Wish I had time to change to good pads, currently running OEM type ceramic pads and ATE Super Blue.
Make individual small changes at a time, and record them for reference. Like go out at a little higher pressure, get them warm and make some laps, then slowly bring the pressure down by a couple psi at a time and find the sweet spot.

The same technique goes for everything with the alignment as well.

Its a very slow, tedious, and time consuming process, but its all part of the fun of trying to get the most from your car on a track.
 

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The same technique goes for everything with the alignment as well.

Its a very slow, tedious, and time consuming process, but its all part of the fun of trying to get the most from your car on a track.
Very good point. I have found the sweet spot with alignment and pressure for DD with street tires. There is probably room for improvement with different tires and toe adjustment (since that is all I have) when driving at the limit.
 

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Um, listen to your instructor.....keep it in 4th gear, yeah that simple.

Don't forget point-byes!
No instructor...although some folks out there could have used one. And I was good about being alert and pointing everyone who needed around.

I had a successful day today. Spun it twice the first time out, cold tires- duh. Was a bit excited and got over ambitious.

After a couple sessions I was really able to work on my lines and was catching some Mustangs through the corners in the back half.

More seat time and a few extra HP, I think I could surprise some people.

Thanks for the tips!
 

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no shots of me on track...

but there were some pretty cool cars out there today :yes:
 

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Nice!!! Then one feeling about going to the track especially if its your first time won't be something to forget for sure! Felt the same way when I went out to my first time attack nite at a track.
 
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