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#1 Old 10-11-2006, 10:28 PM
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First time HPDE at CMP

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This weekend I will be attending a High performance driving school at Carolina Motorsports Park in South Carolina. I have installed new Hawk HPS brake pads (in the front) and changed all my changable fluid. Are there any other suggestions on stuff to bring to the track or ways to prepare my car. I am not trying to set records, I just want the car to be safe and fun. This will be my first HPDE and I am quite nervous. Thanks for all the help. I'll try to take pictures and post them after the event.

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http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/preparing.html
http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/firstday.html
http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/passing.html
http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/theline.html
http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/inslow.html
http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/limit.html
http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/weighttransfer.html
http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/rollover.html
http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/heelandtoe.html
All of these pages from NASA are worth reading if you haven't already. Remember your going out there to have fun (I hope) Pay attention to your instructor's advise, he know's what he's talking about. I just finished my first year of HPDE driving, advancing to HPDE 4, and it was a blast !! My accounts of the adventure are found here
A first year of racing
Yes, I was out racing again !
Sounds like you got the basics covered on the car, remember a tire gauge, and an airtank if you've got one. Tire pressures can really affect your handling on a road course. The NASA links above have good suggetions for stuff to bring. Have a ball, let us know how it goes !!
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To added to the list basic hand tools, racer tape to cover the fog and headlights( don't want to brake them), and your helmet.
Just remember to drive at your level and not the guy in front of you. I seen to many guys who think that they can drive end up in the dirt.
And have great time.
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Thanks for all the info guys. By the way, here is a picture of the track.

http://perljam.net/google-satellite-...torsports_Park
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Looks like fun, here's a better map from trackpedia http://www.trackpedia.com/wiki/Carol...Park#Track_Map
You may already have it.....
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Yes, I have seen that one. I like the actual photo of it better...it's easier to relate to the scale of it. One more thing, I have heard painters tape can be used for car numbers; is this what you would recommend?
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yes, the blue masking tape works great, what I used first time out was purple duct tape. If you use duct, or vinyl numbers you've got to put a little fresh wax on the paint so they're easy to get back off. My daughter thinks the numbers and stickers are so cool, I've left them on. Kinda sick of 'em but I still have a couple more track days this year. I like the drawn maps so I can print them out (without killing to much ink) keep in the car, or start sketching out a line through the turns. Good luck this weekend !!
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Words cannot describe how much fun I had this weekend. I went through about 75% of my brand new Hawk HPS pads (front), and my tires are nasty looking. I an instructor with me for the first day and the morning of the second day (today). He felt that I was doing good enough to go on my own the entire afternoon. It feels good catching up to a Porsche Carrera 4s in my stock car with crappy tires.

I had one scary moment the first day...I early apex-ed turn 8 at about 80 mph, ran out of track and had to come out of the throttle. once off the throttle, weight shifted and the back end came around. I tried to countersteer, but the car didn't react so i just held on and put both feet in. I found myself heading sideways towards a patch of small trees. :eek: Luckily just before the trees, the grass turned to very soft sand. My drivers side tires caught and the car rocked on 2 tires, then settled back on all four. That mistake cost me $16 because i got sand and grass in my 2 driver's side tire beads, and i had to take it to a shop to get it cleaned out.

Anyway, sorry for the long post...it was so much fun it's hard to stop talking about it. I may post a few pictures. No action shots though, didn't have anyone to snap the shots while I was in the car.

CLIFF NOTES====>Going to the track was more fun than I ever thought it could be. If you haven't done it yet, you need to!
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Rockin' !! Glad you had fun, I sure know the feeling and nothing beats it (well maybe one thing) Expect to go through pads and rubber. I managed to get 3 track weekends out of a set of Khumo Ecsta MXs, great cheap track tire
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