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Old 06-27-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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First time Racing in Ten Years!!!!

Today i will be taking my car to the track to drag for the first time in ten years and also a first time with stick so im a little nervous because sometimes i miss going from 2nd to 3rdbut i have been practicing and so far so good Any tips from the peanut gallery and please be gentle
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:05 PM   #2
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:06 PM   #3
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if you have the stock PZeros, drop your psi in the back tires a little and do a short burnout. From what I've seen, they like a little heat to get sticky on the drag strip. There's a great thread on drag tips, but I can't search for the link right now...
Just practice practice practice on the strip and have fun!
I raced my v6 for the first time last week and got 10 passes in, slowly improving my time.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:06 PM   #4
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If you don't have trailing arms then plan on getting some wheel hop. Don't worry about getting the fastest time or best launch. Worry about getting done the track a few times first.

-Lower the rear tire pressure down to about 23 psi.
-Leave on the last yellow light.
-Try to bring up the RPM to around 2500 to launch.
-Don't pop the clutch.....just come out fast like you were leaving a stop light quickly.
-If it starts wheel hopping then let out. otherwise you take a chance on breaking something.

Have fun. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:27 PM   #5
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Haha. Just hold onto that shifter, and watch the rpm's! Shift fast, shift hard, and just enjoy it man!!
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:37 PM   #6
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If you don't have trailing arms then plan on getting some wheel hop. Don't worry about getting the fastest time or best launch. Worry about getting done the track a few times first.

-Lower the rear tire pressure down to about 23 psi.
-Leave on the last yellow light.
-Try to bring up the RPM to around 2500 to launch.
-Don't pop the clutch.....just come out fast like you were leaving a stop light quickly.
-If it starts wheel hopping then let out. otherwise you take a chance on breaking something.

Have fun. Let us know how it goes.
Nail on the head. I went last Friday for the first time and did all these things. Ran real well. Like he said if you get hop let out till it stops then get back in it.

Hold the shifter like a pistol with your thumb not around it but on top. That helped me with my miss shifting.

And as mentioned before just a quick spin of the tires no need to smoke em. And avoid the water box at all costs lol.

Also feel free to hot lap if you want. Without FI and nitrous you Wont get very hot. my temps never broke 200 and I was hot lapping in 87 degree heat here in Texas at night lol
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:44 PM   #7
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Good tips peoples thanks for the info i will try to do the best i can do and also make it down the track ill post times when i get home
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:49 PM   #8
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Don't forget to turn the AC off. Lol
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:53 PM   #9
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:11 PM   #10
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I SUCK!!!! so all the tips went out the window once i got to the line i forgot everything, i popped the clutch and spun like crazy and wheel hopped too:( then on my last pass after i finished i down shifted pretty high and smelt a nasty smell and had no clue what it was until someone said clutch, should i be worried??? it kinda went away but when i came home and pulled in the driveway which is on an incline the smell came back im bugging out
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:13 PM   #11
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P.S. i never did any burn outs since i dont know how so thats probably why i spun so much and my RT time sucked too but my last run was decent
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:17 PM   #12
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What was your fastest time? I wouldn't worry about the clutch too much you just burnt it a little. Burners are pretty easy I bring my rpms to about 3 and let out the clutch very quickly
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:19 PM   #13
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1ST run : RT,515 and 1/4, 13.4
2nd run, missed thirdrt:814 1/4 14.5
3rd run rt 214 1/4 13.8
all starts had wheel spinning and hopping. i was shooting for 12.9 with what i have done to the car, and didnt even come close, so im very upset with that and worried about the clutch. someone please say something positive to me so i can go to sleep a happy boy
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:25 PM   #14
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i did do the pistol hold for the last run and that actually helped a lot, so thanks for that tip, and also i should of asked before i raced but at what rpm should i shift at i was doing 6500 almost to seven i tried not to red line it i had to use the HUD, still new to this stick thing even though i've been driving one since 2005
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:30 PM   #15
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That you would have to talk to your tuner about. At some point in your rpm tree you plateau in power and need to shift for me its around 6-6 and a half. Also the HUD has a bit of lag in it. I always go off the actual tac itself.
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:33 PM   #16
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1ST run : RT,515 and 1/4, 13.4
2nd run, missed thirdrt:814 1/4 14.5
3rd run rt 214 1/4 13.8
all starts had wheel spinning and hopping. i was shooting for 12.9 with what i have done to the car, and didnt even come close, so im very upset with that and worried about the clutch. someone please say something positive to me so i can go to sleep a happy boy
Suspension / Brakes / Chassis

Your clutch should live.
I would be ecstatic with a 13.4 first time out
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:35 PM   #17
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k thinking back at it i feel like it was to high to shift, it felt like it was about to cut out right before i shifted im actually going to my guy tomorrow to let him know whats up and get any info for the track 4 next time, still though i need to learn to do atleast a lil burn so i can get better grip and also work on the tree with that third yellow
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:36 PM   #18
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Your clutch should live.
I would be ecstatic with a 13.4 first time out
thanks man that helps a lil
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:32 AM   #19
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O and one last thing, i was the only 5th gen. camaro there which i was really surprised but it didnt bother me, i got all the attention
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:59 AM   #20
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I would be ecstatic with a 13.4 first time out
Me too!


OP I know you're not stock but those are good numbers nonetheless in my book!


Traction is the big thing. You can have all the power in the world and just sit there on the line spinning the tires or bogging down. Get a good launch and you're good to go!
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:13 AM   #21
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Me too!


OP I know you're not stock but those are good numbers nonetheless in my book!


Traction is the big thing. You can have all the power in the world and just sit there on the line spinning the tires or bogging down. Get a good launch and you're good to go!
Thanks man, i figure if i can hook up i should shed a good amount of time off, i only let a few psi out of my tires too. i dropped it down 33 from 37, but i know the one member said drop it to 23, i actually forgot what he said when i got to the track, so i did a little but was still way off
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:18 AM   #22
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I didn't even air down my tires when I first went. Best I got was 13.9 all night. :( People tried to reassure me "oh this track is hard to hook up on, yada yada". I still firmly believe I just plain SUCK and need more experience, hahaha!

Oh and the one good launch I had all night I butchered by missing 2nd to 3rd.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:27 AM   #23
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lol i def. know how that is, did it last night, and it was embarrassing, especially when my cousin filmed it you can hear me miss it then when i went to put in third i put it in 5thim in dier need of a driver mod
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:34 AM   #24
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lol i def. know how that is, did it last night, and it was embarrassing, especially when my cousin filmed it you can hear me miss it then when i went to put in third i put it in 5thim in dier need of a driver mod
At least you went to 5th and didn't miss it all together.

And at least you went with the stick and have the LS3.

In my opinion, better to drive a manual and need a driver mod, than drive an auto and have a driver DELETE!


I better gtfo of here before the auto guys kill me!
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:43 AM   #25
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hopefully next time i post up times they will be a lot better, thanks again for the input o btw.. RUN!!!!!!
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