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Old 02-25-2014, 11:34 PM
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Thinking I want to put my car on a track this season to experience what my 997 was built for. No intentions to drive her to the limit, just want to get out there and experience it. So, as a complete newbie what should be on the preparation checklist?

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Old 02-26-2014, 05:10 AM
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1) Get a Snell rated helmet, and make sure your car has no leaks.
2) Ensure you have a few mm tire tread and brake pads.
3) Go out and have fun. Remember to bring a chair.
4) Don't make this list too long
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Originally Posted by Pho King Fast View Post
1) Get a Snell rated helmet, and make sure your car has no leaks.
2) Ensure you have a few mm tire tread and brake pads.
3) Go out and have fun. Remember to bring a chair.
4) Don't make this list too long
Thanks, Pho King Fast! I chuckle everytime I read your screen name.
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Have you tried the Search function? This has been answered numerous times. Here's a list one driver posted.

Tire pressure gauge
Mini tool kit
Torque wrench
Mech gloves
Duct tape
Pliers
Screwdriver
Compressor
Rags
Blanket
Windex
Detailer
Pyrometer
Driving gloves
Shoes
Helmet
Hans
Long sleeve shirt
Contacts
Camera
Snacks
Water
chair
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Flush your brake fluid prior to the event, and consider a variant with a higher boiling point.
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Originally Posted by Schpee007 View Post
So, as a complete newbie what should be on the preparation checklist?
The PCA Golden Gate Region hosts track events at Thunderhill among other sites and they've posted the tech inspection form on their website. Download this: http://www.pca-ggr.org/files/pdf/PCA...ech%20Form.pdf

Don't forget painter's tape which is used for your race numbers. In your case, blue may not be a good choice LOL
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Originally Posted by Fred R. C4S View Post
Have you tried the Search function? This has been answered numerous times. Here's a list one driver posted.

Tire pressure gauge
Mini tool kit
Torque wrench
Mech gloves
Duct tape
Pliers
Screwdriver
Compressor
Rags
Blanket
Windex
Detailer
Pyrometer
Driving gloves
Shoes
Helmet
Hans
Long sleeve shirt
Contacts
Camera
Snacks
Water
chair
Fred,

Yep on the search function. Returned gobs of threads; so, decided to just ask. Continuing to work on my search skills. :-)

Thanks a bunch for the list you shared. I appreciate it.

Cheers,
Pete
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When I started, I'd put a Home Depot or Lowes 5gallon bucket in the trunk (to be removed of course, before getting on the track). In the bucket: painter's tape, a quart or two of Mobil 1, rags, paper towels, a box of latex gloves for my hands, tire pressure gauge. In the trunk, a torque wrench and socket. In the car, a collapsable chair, small ice chest with drinks. Snell 2005 helmet (still good) or 2010 helmet (can't get on the track w/o a helmet). For starters, that's about it. Everything about tracking escalates, however. If you've never tracked before, you're in for an experience!
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Our region, (Riesentoter), has a wonderfully comprehensive Driver's Ed Manual which we recommend to all of our students prior to attending their first DE.

http://www.rtr-pca.org/index.php/act...ducation-forms

Click on the Driver's Education Manual pdf.

Have fun!
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Great stuff contributed here by all. Thanks so much!!!
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I have found that watching a video of other cars at the track where you are going to drive will help you learn the track as you will need to know what's coming up next on the track. Don't worry about the turn in points as they may be different depending on your speed and skill level. Your instructor will help you with this. I would sit in front of the monitor and watch the video with the course map in hand for 30 minutes each night for three or four nights before the DE. Also, try to remember where the corner worker stations are located and what the flags mean before you do the DE.

Remember you are driving a Porsche and have lots of fun. Speed will come with more seat time.

Good luck and enjoy permagrin.
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I second that. And if the track happens to be in Forza (xbox), virtually driving the circuit is a great way to generally learn the track...or at least know whether the next turn is a left or right. When going to a new track blind, I always found a good portion of my first couple runs were focused on learning the track rather than on the art of driving. This applies more to longer tracks rather than short, simple ones like Limerock.
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Found some videos from the track on YouTube. Sweet!
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