Car Prep

First few times at the track:

Absolutely necessary

– Check your oil level
– Make sure tires have at least 4/32″ of tread left (put a quarter in the tread, and if the tread touches George’s head, you’re good)

Recommended

– Fresh engine oil (if you haven’t changed within the last few thousand miles)

Nice to have

– Upgraded brake pads
– Upgraded brake fluid
– GoPro Camera (watching yourself is an EXCELLENT way to learn)

3rd-5th times at the track:

Absolutely necessary

– Check your oil level
– Make sure tires have at least 4/32″ of tread left (put a quarter in the tread, and if the tread touches George’s head, you’re good)

Recommended

– Fresh engine oil (if you haven’t changed within the last few thousand miles)
– Upgraded brake pads
– Upgraded brake fluid
– Fresh transmission fluid
– Fresh differential fluid (see a trend here? proactive maintenance is key to a long life!)

Nice to have

– “performance” tires (Hankook RS3, Dunlop Z1/Z2 Star Spec, Bridgestone RE-11, Yokohama AD08, Toyo R1R, Federal 595 RS-R)
– GoPro Camera (watching yourself is an EXCELLENT way to learn)


6th-10th times at the track:

Absolutely necessary

– Check your oil level
– Make sure tires have at least 4/32″ of tread left (put a quarter in the tread, and if the tread touches George’s head, you’re good)
– Upgraded brake pads
– Upgraded brake fluid

Recommended

– Fresh engine oil (if you haven’t changed within the last few thousand miles)
– “performance” tires (Hankook RS3, Dunlop Z1/Z2 Star Spec, Bridgestone RE-11, Yokohama AD08, Toyo R1R, Federal 595 RS-R)
– GoPro Camera (watching yourself is an EXCELLENT way to learn)
– Fresh transmission fluid
– Fresh differential fluid
– GoPro Cameras, or some sort of video device (smartphones with cases work great!)

Nice to have

– Adjustable coil-over suspension
– Aftermarket Rims
– Data acquisition (Aim SOLO is a great option, as is Harry’s Lap Timer for the iPhone and Trackmate for Android)

First few track days:
Remember that you are here to have fun. Come with an open mind.

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