First time at the track
Well, Iíll try to keep this as short as possible. I went to the track today for test and tune. It has been something Iíve always wanted to do, so I figured I give it a shot.
As I was getting ready to go a few things crossed my mind: donít die, donít wreck your car and donít get hurt, in that order. On the way to the track, the Famous Milan Drag Way (I havenít been there in 20 years) I was a nervous wreck. But hey I read Rygenís posts on drag racing 101 and 102 three times each so I knew Iíd be an expert. (WRONG). I got semi lost (I hate mapquest). Once I arrived my 101 and 102 education kicked in, Go to tech, go to pits and then stage. But my best bit of info was the water box. My silly A$$ would have run right through it. Getting everyone upset.
As I pulled into staging Iím thinking just think and relaxÖno red lighting. I got in the back of my head go 80% like the post said and get the feel of it and relax. This is the same track that legends of drag racing used to run, names like Connie Kalittaand Shirley Muldowneyran through my head and I just couldnít go 80%Ö I gun it and ran as hard as I could, I was lined up against an 86 GT (I think). I wanted to beat him but I did have the car to do it. He had lifter, head work, cam and piston work done and NO2 but didnít use it. He ran a 14.596 me a 15.328. Not bad for a first run.
Second run Iím up against a neon he runs a 13.821 and blows my doors off, heís turboíd but it still hurts. Bad reaction time on my part.
I averaged 15.40 in the ľ with my best being 15.3069, my average for speed in the ľ was 89.81 MPH with my best being 90.52 and my average 60í was 2.3030 with the best being 2.2301. My reaction times were bad but average was .6114 with my best being .2750.
All together I ran 8 times, and then weather started to roll in but at that point I was all done. I learned towards the end if you keep the auto in 3rd gear longer youíd get a little faster speed. I did one run where I shift manually and it was my worst time. About Ĺ second worse than my best.
All in all I had a great time but realized I didnít miss my calling in life. I had lots of nerves at the beginning but relaxed towards the end. I donít understand why I was so nervous, I fight fires for a living and that is much more dangerous I think.
I got some pics Iíll put in the next post of the cars I ran. No one laugh at the Buick GS he was blown and had a laptop in the front seat.
Let me know what you think and what are some others best times at the track?
Last edited by stlwagon; 08-04-2008 at 07:35 PM.