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Brief Write Up Of Sears Point Day (pics) (archive)

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Posted by dpeete on February 08, 2000 at 19:03:04:

Hello Folks,
I had my second track day (the first was at Laguna Seca back in Nov) yesterday at Sears Point Raceway. I will create a more thorough write up (see MZ3.Net Laguan Seca for the Laguna write up) with more pics and maybe some video when I have some more time.

To whet your appetite here are a few pics and a few pieces of info:

Here is the car in the paddock waiting for it's first run:

Here is the infamous Carousel turn. Note that my line, while much better then the the other cars following is still not quite wide enough to allow for a full throttle exit (it was early in the day):

A few misc things until the write up is done:

Brakes - I swapped out the front rotors for the euro pieces and switched to EBC Red Stuff pads for the event. The performance of the brakes was outstanding! I was able to fade the brakes last year at Laguna, and the instructors were really able to fade the brakes... at Sears Point with the new goodies the brakes never faded and the instructor seemed hell bent on a repeat performance. Granted Sears isn't as brake intensive as Laguna Seca, but my belief is that upgraded brake pads are a necessity for even beginning track days (actually, especially for beginning track days because newbies drag the brakes much more into turns then the experienced folk).

ERT Pulley - I came across a very good deal on a used ERT pulley (thanks Scott) and installed that a few weeks before the event. I experienced no problems on the track... no AC belt throwing, no overheating - nada. It just worked.

Track Driving For Newbies - Last but not least... second track days can be tough. The first track day for an individual has them slowly building speed and confidence throughout the morning session when a newbie has "no rhythm" and is just mechanically following the actions of the instructors. Towards the end of the first track day you can feel the rhythm but can't synthesize it yourself from scratch. Hence the problem for my second track day at a different track. I had problems finding the new rhythm required by this track and was overdriving the track. I really didn't do well until I slowed down, talked with some instructors and re-built my speed in small increments as I learned the new rhythm. Hopefully with time and practice I will be able to find the rhythms on new tracks myself, but for now I am resigned to the fact that I must be told what the rhythm is.

That is all for now. Happy motoring,
'00 M Roadster
Dinan Engine/Suspension
ERT Pulley
Supersprint DTM Exhaust
UUC Shift Kit, Clutch Stop & Tranny Mount Enforcers
Euro Rotors, EBC Pads, Goodridge SS Lines & ATE Fluid

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