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Old 07-25-2012, 10:30 AM   #1
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Dragstrip gurus, I ask for your knowledge!

Hey guys, going down to a dragstrip on August 1st for the first time ever.

I have a v6 manual with RS wheels and tires.

Hit me up with all suggestions/advice/tips please!
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Old 07-25-2012, 11:00 AM   #2
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Pretty much the same things I've advised newbies to autocross (which I'm way more familiar with)

1. Have fun.

2. Don't worry about car prep other than what's required for tech or tinkering between runs. Mostly, just run the car the way you're used to it. There will be plenty of time to tinker at future events. See #1.

3. Don't even worry about "slow" numbers on your slips. See #1.

4. See #1.


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Pretty much the same things I've advised newbies to autocross (which I'm way more familiar with)

1. Have fun.

2. Don't worry about car prep other than what's required for tech or tinkering between runs. Mostly, just run the car the way you're used to it. There will be plenty of time to tinker at future events. See #1.

3. Don't even worry about "slow" numbers on your slips. See #1.

4. See #1.


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Thanks Norm, I will definitely make sure to have a blast!
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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Everytime you enter the staging area you will become more and more comfortable with
the whole process. Take your time and enjoy yourself.Its all about the fun factor.Plenty of time to get serious later on.Once you get used to the process
then start trying to get better with your reaction times,launching your car and
hitting those shift points.Stay in the groove and let er rip.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:23 PM   #5
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Thanks quick!

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The first few times you race, get accustomed to staging and the tree. When you get comfortable, put a little heat into your tires. Burn them out a little. The pirellis do great with a decent burnout
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Old 07-27-2012, 01:59 PM   #7
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The first few times you race, get accustomed to staging and the tree. When you get comfortable, put a little heat into your tires. Burn them out a little. The pirellis do great with a decent burnout
I've heard that burnouts are totally unnecessary on the stock Pirellis? A couple people have told me it's just a waste of thread
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:37 PM   #8
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i think they do better with a light burnout like a 5 sec one the first time of the day and after that like a hard launch to spin them for a sec or 2
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No, the pirellis for some reason act like a drag radial and do better under a little heat.

If you don't want to kill to much tread, take dekans advice. At least spin them once or twice to clean them off
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spin them once or twice to clean them off
I would guess that's all that a first-timer at the strip needs to do. The entire experience is going to be new, and it's easy to forget new stuff when there's too much of it to try to remember.


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P-Zeros like to be heated. So do a little burnout to heat them up and clean them off.
With your power level, they should stick pretty well with a conservative launch.

Try to get off the line with very little wheel spin. It's better to roll off the line gently/smoothly than to roast the tires with an aggressive launch.

Good luck and have fun.
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ok guys, sorry I should know this, but what's a good way to burnout? Never really had reason to until now....
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ok guys, sorry I should know this, but what's a good way to burnout? Never really had reason to until now....
I usually go around the water pit and then back up and then burnout a bit rolling. I don't dump the clutch. If you can understand what I'm saying
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remove drivers floormat and all loose objects in the car, buckle up..cut off radio and air, tie your shoes tight, no, seriously! have fun! and dont have a full tank of gas! make sure your engine is full of oil, check all fluid levels
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If you get into the 13s you'll be required to wear a helmet - some tracks rent them. I think you may be required to wear pants rather than shorts.

Don't drive through the water box - that's what the drivers with slicks do and it's ok. Like Frid says you should back up into it. You don't want to bring water to the line with your front tires. The track employees will help you at the line.

Roll up your windows.

Watch the staging lights (white ones as the top) as you approach the line slowly and light up both sets. If you see them blink on and off you've just rolled through and need to back up.

Release the clutch on the 3rd amber light, not on the green.

If there is a long line in the staging lanes you can open your hood to let things cool down and push the car along.

You may want to take a walk to the find the finish line. Sometimes they are after the timing displays which would lead you to lift before you're really finished.

You'll probably make new friends in the pits and staging lanes. Most racers are are friendly willing to help when you need it.

I hope this helps.
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If you get into the 13s you'll be required to wear a helmet - some tracks rent them. I think you may be required to wear pants rather than shorts.

Don't drive through the water box - that's what the drivers with slicks do and it's ok. Like Frid says you should back up into it. You don't want to bring water to the line with your front tires. The track employees will help you at the line.

Roll up your windows.

Watch the staging lights (white ones as the top) as you approach the line slowly and light up both sets. If you see them blink on and off you've just rolled through and need to back up.

Release the clutch on the 3rd amber light, not on the green.

If there is a long line in the staging lanes you can open your hood to let things cool down and push the car along.

You may want to take a walk to the find the finish line. Sometimes they are after the timing displays which would lead you to lift before you're really finished.

You'll probably make new friends in the pits and staging lanes. Most racers are are friendly willing to help when you need it.

I hope this helps.
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Agreed, try not to make back to back runs over and over. The cooler the motor the better it will respond (my experience). Important too is like mentioned, don't let off when you think you've passed the 1/4mi mark, keep it floored through
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:13 PM   #17
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Also if you go on "test & tune" night you may not have to wait as long to run. However the track my not be prepped as well as a race night. This means that you may spin more on your launch.

If you show up on a bracket night - which I highly recommend trying out sometime - you could have to wait longer. BUT the track will be prepped better and the stakes become higher since you have to usually buy back your runs if you lose.

So to recap - test and tune go nuts and have fun! Probably best for beginners.
Bracket racing - could cost more $$ and take more time. Consistent driving technique is key.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:22 PM   #18
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Also and easy thing to do that cane make a bit of difference is your tire pressure. Drop the rear tirest to around 28 psi, and inflate the front tires to around 40-45 psi.
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Old 07-30-2012, 03:56 PM   #19
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Turn off traction control so this doesn't happen during burnout time.

Tivo a few recordings of Pass Time on Speed if you want to study. There's one show where a driver left traction control on while burning out in her Porsche 911. No smoke - just slow motion.

Here's one some drivers forget bc they're getting in and out a lot - seatbelts! Sometimes the techs see it sometimes they don't. I finished a run once only to look down and notice that I was driving commando!
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