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Old 07-10-2012, 09:47 AM   #1
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Headed to the track for the first time with a 5.0. Tips needed.

So i'm going to the track this friday for the first time with a buddy of mine. He has a M6 5.0 that is bone stock and it will be his first time at a track as well. I've rode with him in the past and his shifts seem a little flakey from time to time. I have an L99 w/ axel back and a x pipe, nothing more, so i know i'm not putting any extra HP down with just that.

My questions are is there anything I should do to prep? Take some air out of the tires? I'll have fresh oil and all my fluids will be refiled.

As far as on the track goes, is there any trick to staging? I plan on turning off TC and leaving the stabilitrack on. Won't do a burn out before and will go around the water. Will probly launch between 1000-1500 RPM. Anything else y'all can give me a heads up on? Like i said, it's my first time. Just want to be ready.

Losing to him wouldn't be the worst thing ever, it would probly get the wife to give me the go ahead on some mods i have been talking about. I'm still very competitive though and don't want to get walked all night.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:51 AM   #2
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You've got pretty much everything down.

I would suggest that you do a little burnout. The P-Zeros like to be warmed up.
I would brake stall around 1000 rpms and roll into the gas to launch. Most guys don't realize that rolling into the gas usually produces better 60' times than just slamming the gas pedal to the floor. And your chance of spinning the tires goes down dramatically with a rolling into the gas launch.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:15 AM   #3
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thanks. I didn't know that. Guess I'll have to give that a shot
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:47 AM   #4
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completely agree with SGO! you really need to put some heat into those tires! I would lower the rears to 28 or so PSI... that way if the track doesn't have an air hose you can still drive to the nearest gas station to reinflate... Also, run your front tires up to about 45 PSI... then remember to let some air out when your done!

As for the 5.0... I have some friends that are track regulars and they still miss 3rd in their 5.0s!

Good luck!
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Old 07-10-2012, 01:50 PM   #5
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thanks!

I'll post slips next week.
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Old 07-10-2012, 02:45 PM   #6
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:15 PM   #8
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So what's the deal with staging? I've seen where there are some classes around here about staging. What would one learn in there?
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Old 07-11-2012, 12:05 PM   #9
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These P zeros love a good burnout, turn traction and tabilitrack off. Trust me your not going to lose control with a auto camaro and stock power. Watch only the 3rd yellow light after you stage, the other lights are not important. Once the 3rd yellow lights, hit the gas. Watching only the 3rd yellow light will help you concentrate and cut a consistent solid light. If you red light stage deeper, if your late, stage shallow... I use this because my reaction on the light it self never really changes! I am pretty solid on the tree this way, it takes practice but a hole shot win is sweet!
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I shouldn't give away my secrects :( lol
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:12 AM   #11
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These P zeros love a good burnout, turn traction and tabilitrack off. Trust me your not going to lose control with a auto camaro and stock power. Watch only the 3rd yellow light after you stage, the other lights are not important. Once the 3rd yellow lights, hit the gas. Watching only the 3rd yellow light will help you concentrate and cut a consistent solid light. If you red light stage deeper, if your late, stage shallow... I use this because my reaction on the light it self never really changes! I am pretty solid on the tree this way, it takes practice but a hole shot win is sweet!
sounds like some sound advice. I appreciate it. I'm hoping they will be running tomorrow. It's been raining its butt off the entire week. It's supposed to let up finally tomorrow.
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Any update on the race?
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Rained out. Hoping to get up there next week.
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