-MD- Enforcer wrote:
Ok, my advise is as follows:
- Remove all lose junk from you car. Remove jack and spare is optional.
- Some like to remove the floor mats, and some tracks make you...
- Do not run A/C or any other electrical equipment while running down the track. This is robbing hp, and you do not want condensation dripping on the track. You can be asked to leave.
- If your on street tires DO NOT DO A BURN OUT!
- Drive around the water box if possible, unless on slicks.
- You want to do a VERY small one to two revolution burnout to remove any debris on your tires. NOT A FULL burn out.
- Ensure your windows are rolled up, the starting person will probably tell you to roll them up anyway if you forget.
- Try to keep your cav as cool as possible. Open your hood if the weather is hot that day. If it is cold out, you do no want to get to much below operating temperature.
- If you have adjustable struts. I personally like the front very soft and the rear AS STIFF AS possible.
- Normally I slightly air down the fronts lately to like 28psi, and air the rear up to 40+psi...depending on the max psi the tire is rated for...
- If you have an option run the lightest tire / rim combo you have. You can also run smaller diameter tires to help with gearing.
- Do not AIR DOWN STREET TIRES! You'll just be making your contact with the surface worse.<--this depends on the tires. Some like going down a few PSI.
- Check air between runs to ensure your tires are not to high on air from the heat of the track / racing. You may also need to add later on in the night when the track and air cool down.
- Do not be a dick and fully stage before your opponent. Pre-stage with only one set of lights lite till your opponent pre-stages. Then fully stage. You should be able to give the car a little more RPM to creep forward till fully staged.
- If you have time while staged. Take car out of gear rev car once with foot on brake to build vacuum. This will let your brakes hold harder, and let you launch harder. You should feel your peddle drop towards the floor a little.<---For Autos
- Right foot on gas to around 2000RPM with a stock torque converter, and left foot HARD on brakes.<----for Autos
- Turn off Traction control by pulling up your e-brake one click or by putting your car in second or first. just remember to up-shift. LOL<---Mainly an auto thing
- The faster car has priority on the return road. You should slow faster than he if you lost the race to show proper respect that you lost. This is a big pet peeve of experienced racers.
- DO NOT TURN ON STEREO in staging lanes, and there is no need to turn your headlights on. Most tracks have well lite tracks.
- If your running a .500" tree. Leave at the last yellow. I leave when the last yellow is turning off. If you leave at green....you already have a bad reaction time.
- Some drag strips make drivers wear JEAN pants, and some require long sleeves.
- Ensure your car is not leaking any fluids. some techs actually do their job and check the cars.
I think that covers most of it.
tossing a diff.
Not listed is regarding wheel hop.
If your car starts to get wheel hop off the line (even tho it might not wheel hop on the street, the track is a whole different story) LET OFF THE GAS!!
Running a @!#$ty time cause you let off is much better than snapping an axle or tossing a diff.
If you do encounter wheel hop, play around with the RPM you are launching at and try to slip the clutch more....should be able to find a sweet spot where it won't happen.