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July 22, 2006

Top 10 tips for Performance driving schools

This is my top ten list for doing high performance driving events or driving schools.

  1. Maintain the car religiously, don't skimp, if you skimp to save money, you'll be spending a lot more later.
  2. Flush brake fluid before first annual event, bleed before every event.
  3. Check your wheel lug torques before bringing the car on the track every session.
  4. Bleed your tire pressures to the maximum hot psis after every session.
  5. Keep your brake pads at least 50%, check every session.
  6. Check your engine oil level every session
  7. Change engine oil every event.
  8. Check all your guages/warning lights on a long straight every lap.
  9. Use the first day to figure out which cars in your session are faster than you and get behind them on the later sessions. It's no fun pointing people by all the time. Let the quickers guys go in front.
  10. Take it easy on tricky corners, you'll be no where near perfect on the rest of the track, focus on that the rest of the track before you push your luck, if you wreck the car then you won't be getting any better...

And lastly, the biggest tip of them all, have lots of money...

July 22, 2006 | Permalink


Lots of money, cause you change stuff so much more often than needed. You don't use half your pads, you change engine oil way too often, and probably brake fluid too.

Some other stuff on that list is weird. Lug nut torque checks before every session? Oil checks every session? On a car that burns no oil? What are you worried about, not realizing you blew the oil hose on track and needing to check the fliud level in the paddock?

Posted by: Porsche Owner | Nov 13, 2006 4:43:32 PM

The thing with pads is a thiner pad is a hotter pad. If you are barreling towards T5 at Road America at 140mph and are braking at the 3 marker then you better make sure the brakes will work. It's all about margins and a hotter pad moves more heat to the caliper and the fluid and means boiling fluid faster. Pads are cheap to the consequences of a brake failure. It never happens to you? Cool, thats awesome. I'll pay a couple of hundred bucks extra a year for the insurance.

Lug nuts need to be checked. They can loosen for a variety of reasons on a track, curbing etc. Oil checks are useful and it's good to know when you need to top up before the engine fails because the oil level dropped.

Posted by: Billy | Nov 21, 2006 6:01:49 PM

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