Who cares about the time. Ignore the guy in the other lane, focus on getting down the track shiny side up, and working on your technique. The ETs will come.
Originally Posted by GeorgeMilliken
Right on! Have fun.
these guys are right, for teh first time, just go out and have some fun on the track, and refine your driving technique. you also want to learn the track as well, since as macstang noted it can be addictive;
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Just be aware that it can be addictive. I was hooked after my very first run. One of the guys told me its the best fun you can have with your clothes on, LOL. The next stage of the addiction is in search of more power, speed and lower et's. That is addictive too and can also be a bit expensive.
so very true!!
You will have to find your hook. The track hooks up better than the street but even with the tires you have after reading what all you have you will probably have to ease it out of the hole just a bit.
also true. my advice is to get out to the track early, perhaps as much as two hours early, so you can walk the track, see where the groove is for each lane. also take the time to watch the track workers prepare the track for racing. i used to do this when i went out to the local dirt track here when i helped teams that ran on dirt. that way i could let the driver know where the groove was, and likely where it was going to end up late in the evening as the track dried out and got some laps down on it.
Last thing, don't forget to bring all the tools and whatever else you think you might need like an air tank, for example. I used to let my air down to run and then air the tires back up to drive home.
this is probably the best advice. also bring a fair amount of spare parts, fresh oil, a couple of oil filters, and some coolant. also scare up a coolant overflow bottle if you dont have one already, some tracks require you have it installed before you race.
one more thing, unless you plan on trailering your car to the track, make sure your AAA membership is paid up and your cell phone is fully charged up. that way you can get home after teh raec should anything untoward happen during the race.