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Old 07-09-2015, 02:49 PM   #1
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Hitting Drag Strip Sunday -- First time!!

Taking her out. My first time at a track. My cat is an auto with JDP 850 package and still on OEM tires. Going to see how I do. Plan to keep all nannies on since I am new and not on a better tires. Any tips for me?

I also have the the Yank 2800 stall.

Assume since auto i just sit at idle and mash the pedal on green?
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Old 07-09-2015, 03:14 PM   #2
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Not sure because of your upgrades. My almost stock auto ran 13.1 @ 108 by throttle not mashed. Kept it just short of wheel spin for a short bit then mashed.


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Old 07-09-2015, 03:24 PM   #3
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If you are not on DRs you will have issues with the power you have. I have a Yank 2800 stall as well. I launch between 1500-2000 rpm but I run 17" DRs. I would still turn all the nannies off, although for your first time maybe try the nannies. I have never had any luck with leaving them on though.
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:49 PM   #4
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Go to the drag racing section and read the sticky for newbies. Make sure you have a SNELL 2010 helmet. Some tracks allow you to run with SNELL2005. Stay out of the water if you've got street tires. To stage, pull up until you light up the top yellow light, then wait on the other guy to light his, then creep up until the second yellow lights up.

Oh yeah, wear shoes, long pants and a shirt with sleeves. They won't let you run in shorts or flip flops.

Most of all, have fun!
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Old 07-09-2015, 05:58 PM   #5
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I find with an auto it works best to load the suspension with around 1500rpm and then gradually floor it by the time it shifts into second. Every track is different but I am able to cut 1.6-1.7 60' times with stock tires. You shouldn't spin much at all after 2nd gear. I would leave nannies off too. The second it breaks loose just let off. No need to get back into as the et and mph will be sub par and all you will do is heat up the engine.
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Old 07-09-2015, 06:17 PM   #6
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Honestly at your power level I wouldn't bother going with the stock tires at the track. It will be an exercise in futility especially with the stall converter and no track time. Get some DR's and do it right.
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Old 07-09-2015, 06:36 PM   #7
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I find that's the beauty of an auto. With the good track prep and proper throttle modulation you can trap mid to upper one 130s and high 10's pretty easy on factory tires.
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:24 PM   #8
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all that hp & stock tires is going to suck...especially with the stall. You better leave off idle and gently squeeze the throttle down as spinning is going to be the theme of day. Lower the air pressure to 22-24 psi and do a burnout which should help a little. Have fun and after about 300' your car may actually try to hook...��
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Old 07-09-2015, 07:28 PM   #9
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I gave up going to the track on stock tires, but it makes for a nice challenge.

Nice to see you have a TC already. Some DR's will be really nice coupled with the stall.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:24 PM   #10
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I find that's the beauty of an auto. With the good track prep and proper throttle modulation you can trap mid to upper one 130s and high 10's pretty easy on factory tires.

Have you ran your car yet? I loved the build and there are a few other hi HP ZL1s I would like to see numbers on.
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Old 07-09-2015, 08:32 PM   #11
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Have you ran your car yet? I loved the build and there are a few other hi HP ZL1s I would like to see numbers on.
Yes, best on pump and 15psi was 10.86 @ 136.8. Hot air, crazy long lines and poor track prep that day so I only made 2 passes. I have made a couple tweaks and hope to see mid 10's on street tires @ around 140 and then may try the race has tune with drag radials this winter.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:49 PM   #12
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Old 07-09-2015, 11:39 PM   #13
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Honestly at your power level I wouldn't bother going with the stock tires at the track. It will be an exercise in futility especially with the stall converter and no track time. Get some DR's and do it right.
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:44 AM   #14
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Leave on that last yellow not green and you will get awesome reaction times. Your gonna need to do a good burnout to get the best traction on street tires. Good luck and let us know how you did.
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Old 07-10-2015, 06:55 AM   #15
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just remember, your reaction time has nothing to do with your e.t./mph. The clock starts when you move and break the beam. Just don't leave before the tree starts the first amber...lol! Gently bump into the "staged" bulb as the deeper you stage into it, the less running start you get...which can vary only by a few inches but every little bit helps.
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:25 AM   #16
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Your first time, just have fun, don't over think it. Your going to get cap times being new and on stock tires with that much HP. Just have fun and enjoy it. Your going to learn more from the first experience than anyone can tell you here.

With that said...my advice is to keep it off the wall...

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Old 07-10-2015, 08:46 AM   #17
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Taking her out. My first time at a track. My cat is an auto with JDP 850 package and still on OEM tires. Going to see how I do. Plan to keep all nannies on since I am new and not on a better tires. Any tips for me?

I also have the the Yank 2800 stall.

Assume since auto i just sit at idle and mash the pedal on green?
Right on , I just did my first run down the 1/8 mile strip at Sturgis a couple of weeks ago . Tonight I'm going to Pacific Raceways to see what it will do in the 1/4 with the JDP ZL 850 with an automatic on Mich. PSSS tires , Yanks 2800 stall on pump gas 92 oct.

I want to get a roll bar and drag radials soon .
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Old 07-10-2015, 08:56 AM   #18
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When I had my stock 2013 I had severe problems hooking up at the track. Mine was a stick and I had to slip the hell out of the clutch to get a decent run. I did manage a 12.1 at 120 if I'm not mistaken. Just roll into the gas slow and be smooth until you get it rolling then squeeze the go pedal to the floor
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:00 AM   #19
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^^^^ Very nice for a M6 and stock tires.

OP - What track are you going to?
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:20 AM   #20
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I remember going to the drag strip with a lot of power and stock tires..... I'm kind of agreeing with DrkPhx in that it is kind of an effort in futility. I don't know what your car actually dynos but it is a lot harder to put down a fast time when you have so much power and no traction. My car was burning tires at will through the first 3 gears and I couldn't get out of the 11's even though I was trapping well above 120 mph. I tried every PTM combo there was and even let a couple of other "pro" drivers try to run my car. When the pros got out with slower times than me they would say, "you need better tires". I had the fastest time on stock tires in PTM 3. Wheels spin is a total waste and when you are close to 800 at the tires the stock tires are worthless. The computer is better at modulating that spin than any driver I ever had in my car. The sad fact is on stock tires the car would be faster in a 1/4 mile with less power because you can't make it hook-up. I say go do it... have fun!...but start looking for a set of drag radials or slicks cause once you get the bug you will not be satisfied until you stab it off the line and run the strip with no wheel spin....and that will never happen on the stock tires.
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:26 AM   #21
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I would keep the traction control ON with that kind of power and street tires.

Roll out soft in D and slowly lay on the power until you break traction and then let the computer keep the car straight and off the wall.

Your times will suffer but you will have fun, stay safe and start learning the car.

You absolutely need DR's (and good ones) with that kind of power if you expect to use it all.

Make friends with other racers at the track and listen to their advice also. They likely know the track and are watching your car run and can be a great help to a new guy.

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Just have fun! Street tires just make it more interesting! I ran a 11.586 @125.67 on MPSS in may. Started at 13+ and worked it down to there. You have a bit more HP and an auto so you should be able to hit that easy. I did much better with the TC off. Didn't try with everything off, next time.
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Just have fun! Street tires just make it more interesting! I ran a 11.586 @125.67 on MPSS in may. Started at 13+ and worked it down to there. You have a bit more HP and an auto so you should be able to hit that easy. I did much better with the TC off. Didn't try with everything off, next time.
What hp does your car make?
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Old 07-10-2015, 07:14 PM   #24
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Don't worry about drag radials or anything else on your first trip. The first time is all about you, not super fast ETs, and not the car. Have fun, learn about the track, have more fun, learn what you are supposed to do, have fun! ... Did I say have fun?

It's the most fun you can have in under 14 seconds, I promise. I drove on a strip for my first time last week and I am hooked. Just get your butt out there and give it a try. You can worry about all this other stuff later.
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