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Old 07-25-03, 09:24 PM
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ok i have a few quetion, i went autoX the 13th and i did pretty good being my first time. my personal best is 45.877sec meanwhile the other guys were running 42 and less. my question is what you need to take to go into the 42's. i have a 84 gslse and i add a turbo and webers on it plus a few more mods to it , the HP is around 200 and they stick pretty good. suspention is stock and im running 4 brand new sumitomos HRT200. any sugestions of what else i can do? im gonna race again the 10th of august. thanks

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Old 07-25-03, 11:25 PM
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What class are you running in? Have you read, reread, dissected and then reread the rulebook? How dedicated are you. The most important thing: Slow down and drive.
Video tape your runs. Oh yeah SLOW DOWN!
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Old 07-26-03, 06:50 AM
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Seat time is your #1 need.
I guess you can mod your suspension to the extent of the rules for whatever class that turbo puts you in.
But seat time will make up more of those three seconds than anything else.
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they put me in the street modified 2 (SM2) class. because of the engine modification. i wish i have the rule book. i just went there because a friend of mine told me about it. does somebody knows were i can get a rule book or know whats modification i can do to my car? i like it so im looking foward to be on SCCA member pretty soon
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Get a rulebook at www.scca.com . And listen to the guys, seat time is what will make you faster, dont mess with the car just yet.
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Rule books can usually be bought at the events as well.
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I talk with a lot of new people at autox's to help them through the learning curves. A lot of newbies think that it is easy and they can drive well. That maybe the case on the street, but on course it is a new ball game.

First, seat time will make you better. It's hard enough for a newbie to find thier way and not DNF, let alone beat the veterians.

Remember that some of those people that maybe faster then you, probaby have been doing this for a while. They have invested a lot time and money to make them as good as they are now.

Take some driving schools if they are offered in your region. Not the Skip Barber kind (not they are bad) but the autox schools. Having an instructor to National champ ride with you, it will be the best free advise you can get. Find a good driver in your class with a similar car and try to pace yourself with them. Set your goals of each event I want to close in on"so and so" by .5 sec.

Build up your car to the best of your finacial ability. Get a rule book and determine what class you will compete in. Probably EM or SM2.

The best piece of advice I try to give to newbies, is go out and have fun. It's only grass roots racing, and at a local level there is no money involved.
Best of luck!!
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Old 07-26-03, 11:03 AM
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yeah im had fun that day and that why im coming back. i lean a few things from few veterans. i wasnt going as fastest i can because like i said before that was my first time. what im gonna do this time is somebody to ride with me so i can learn more. im not gonna mess with my car right now. im gonna take the advace, thanks you guys for the help
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