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Old 03-15-2013, 09:10 PM   #29
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VIR is a great track to learn to drive. Have been going there for the past 7 years. I sense this would be the first track experience for most here. A few pointers I would offer are the ones I do for my vette:

1. Dot 4 brake fluid, I use Wilwood 600.
2. Dot 4 clutch fluid,I use Prestone synthetic
3. Tires, I still run street tires. Some can't wait to switch to a more agressive compound. This is good if you plan to do more than HPDE's.
4. I run an extra quart of oil as recommended in the owners manual.
5. Those with auto, you may want to see what is recommended for track time.

For those just beginning the best advise is to get all the seat time you can. Depending on the group you run with, you may get to 60% output. My first event, I was instructed to drive in 4th gear. No problem as the vette has the torque to do this. A major emphasis was learning the line around the track. I forgot to mention you will have to have an instructor to get on the track.
Let me know if any more info is needed.

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Old 03-19-2013, 11:20 AM   #30

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Old 03-19-2013, 12:21 PM   #31

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Old 03-19-2013, 07:25 PM   #32
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SSSoon that was me, and Synner, yes I remember your car. How could anyone forget that color? I think my retinas are still burning!

As for tires, I recommend staying with a street tire, and most major brands have decent performance tires. Right now I am using Continental Extreme Contact DW in the stock size for my car, 255/40 19 front and 285/35 19 rear. I think a novice driver should stay with a street tire for at least the first year. Street tires provide more audible feedback when nearing or at the limit and tend to break away more gradual than a R compound tire. Moving to a slick can be even trickier as they have great grip.... right up until they have NO grip!!

I was going to give the Pilot Sports a try, but thought I would save the $800 they cost over the Conti and spend it on a track dedicated tire later this year.

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Old 07-15-2013, 10:37 AM   #33
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My wife and I will be going to FATT on October 11th and I've been researching what brake fluid and pads I should be getting. So far I'm thinking Hawk HP Plus and Motul RBF600.

For the pads, should I get front and back pads, or just upgrade the front? I've got a stock automatic SS. I'll be switching back to my OEM pads after the event.

All advice is welcome!

Also, can anyone recommend a decent service shop to do the fluid and pad change somewhere between Sterling and Chantilly? Yes, I know I can do it myself, but I lack the tools, knowledge and patience.

"When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting."
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