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    EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    I am going to my first track day, NASA HPDE1 event April 9-10.
    I have been finding a lot of good info (thanks O-Town!! HMatt!! and PureEvoIX!!) but I thought it would be relevant to start a thread and to possibly sticky it that covers track day EVO SPECIFIC checklist stuff.¬* I will edit the thread each time something is added.¬* For me, I want to be fully prepared even if I am not really racing but just driving fast.¬* For example, Buttonwillow is almost 2 hours from LA, so I don't want to forget anything AND I DEFINITELY do not want ANYTHING to get in the way of me driving my EVO as fast as possible for the first time!!

    read:
    http://www.nasaproracing.com/hpde/preparing.html

    BEFORE you go to the track, make sure your car is tuned up properly.
    []Check your fluid levels.
    []Check your Brakes
    []Check your tires
    []make sure all your hoses and etc... are fitted correctly
    []consider fuel. If you are running 91, roll up with a fill tank. Consider breaking away after lunch and topping off again unless you do not mind getting fuel at the track (if available). Your car will necessarily get infinitely worse gas mileage than normal, so take this in to consideration.

    So this is becoming a pretty extensive list.¬* Some things may be a bit of overkill for an HPDE1 event but personally, for me, it is practice for when things get more serious, so because I am obsessive, I want to get all this stuff ready now.¬* Then by the time I am actually racing people, getting ready will be a simple routine.

    EVO Track Day Checklist

    1. 1Qt of your favorite motor oil. You will want to check your oil levels after EVERY session. Similar to fuel, oil will be consumed and burned off much more than normal. If you run out, you will be towed home. Make sure you have extra oil and make sure to check your oil!!
    2. 2 Bottles of Motul
    3. 1 Bottle of Distilled water
    4. 1 Spare set of brake pads for front
    5. 1 Spare set of brake pads for rear
    6. 1 Spare set of front rotors (hardcore people)
    7. Make Sure you are registered properly.
    8. Make sure you have a place to stay/sleep BEFORE going if you are staying in the area.¬* Sleep is massively important in all threads about track days.
    9. Make sure you have a proper helmet that meets the requirements of the track and/or governing body.
    10. Bring a tire pressure gauge.
    11. Bring a Torque Wrench for lug nuts [recommended on the NASA forum].
    12. A proper jack + jack stands [recommended on the NASA forum].
    13. Bring drinks!¬* Recommended is 1gal. +. I have also read that if you bring a big box of bottled water, everyone will love you by the end of the weekend.
    14. Bring a piece of wood or a brick so you do not have to use your e-brake when it is still hot.
    15. Bring a change of clothes + warm clothes and etc...
    16. Painter's tape.
    17. Paper tape.
    18. Grip tape
    19. Duct tape
    20. A box to put ALL lose objects in (this is also a reason to have a hotel IMO)
    21. Window cleaner + paper towels.
    22. General automotive tools (i.e. wrenches for things like brake bleeder screws just in case).
    23. Cardboard just in case you need to lay on the ground for an extended period of time dealing with hoses popping off or some sort.
    24. CASH for entry to the track and misc.
    25. Sun Block
    26. Sun Glasses
    27. Hat
    28. Notepad (track notes-tire pressure, dampening, alignment, etc...)
    29. Pen
    30. Camera (video and/or still)
    31. Extra camera batteries/memory/tapes…
    32. Lots of rags
    33. Shop towels
    34. Impact wrench
    35. Breaker bar
    36. Folding chair
    37. Cooler
    38. Snacks!
    39. Loose change for drinks and stuff
    40. FUEL (especially if you run E85)
    41. Track map.
    42. Lip Balm
    43. Tubing and a bottle for Brake Bleeding
    44. Zip Ties
    45. Nail (or punch) to knock out your brake keeper pin
    46. Decent Work Gloves
    47. Brake Cleaner
    48. Spare hose clamps or T-Bolts of various sizes in case one or more pop off.
    49. Bring spare caliper retaining clip and pins.
    50. Bring some metal wire on a spool to McGyver something up if needed.
    51. Needle Nose Pliers.
    52. Wire Cutters
    53. Hammer
    54. Nail (regular for front/small for rear) for brake caliper pins.
    55. Driving Gloves
    56. AAA Card!!
    57. EZ-Up for tracks without cover + some heavy weights to hold down your EZ-UP in the wind!!
    58.¬* ¬*A Bin or box to carry your stuff in.

    SO, what is missing here is EVO SPECIFIC stuff.¬* I assume there are things on here left out and that are essential to having an EVO on the track.¬* Please post up any ideas or comments positive or negative and I will edit this thread in relation to comments.

    Thank you!!¬* I might be a bit overly excited to go out to an HPDE1 but it has been my dream since college to 1. get a cool car and 2. get it on the track.¬* I graduated college 4 years ago now and I am just getting around to getting on the track.

    Cheat Codes, TIPS, TRICKS, and HINTS:

    From O-TownFl
    - take your TP gauge with you in your car.... start out with your TP at 25~28psi cold during your first session.. do about 4 hot laps, come into hot pits and then adjust your TP to ~35psi...

    - before each session, be sure to torque you lugs to 85ft.lbs.

    - pre set your heater to MAX, just in case you encounter high temps on the track. Then all you have to do is turn it on blast

    - after each session is completed, cruise the paddock area with your heater ON blast... It'll cool down you car faster and it will give your brakes ample time to cool down

    FROM MIKE W on SoCalDSM:

    If you find your self stuck in a gaggle of cars and someone is not letting
    cars pass, dont stay in the pack. Just pull into and up to the head of the
    pit lane. Wait for the re-entry marshal to flag you back out onto the track
    in a less crowded spot. If you stand in the pits you can watch one of the
    other sessions, note 10 cars all bunched up and all the big open area around
    the rest of the track.

    On the same note, even if you have 300 hp but find a Miata on your tail for
    a whole lap, let him by in the passing area. Just because you can pull him
    on the straight passing area does not mean you should ruin his session
    getting stuck behind you in the tight stuff. Then hopefully the same goes
    for the NSX that you catch. There is a big difference between drivers, car
    preparation and hp levels. Be courteous, hopefully others will be too.

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    Re: EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    This is good to have, very helpful for those curious about tracking in future O0
    proudly a massimo power & RRE fanboi =)

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    Sticky dis bitch!

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    :] meee likey
    If you NEED some parts hit mee UP!!

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    1Qt of your favorite motor oil
    2 Bottles of Motul
    1 Bottle of Distilled water
    1 Spare set of brake pads for front
    1 Spare set of brake pads for rear
    1 Spare set of front rotors (hardcore people)
    Sunglasses
    Hat
    Notepad (track notes-tire pressure, dampening, alignment, etc...)
    Pen
    Camcorder/Camera
    Fully charged spare batteries for your camcorder/camera
    2 MiniDV Tapes or 2 CF or 2 SD card
    Lots of rags
    Blue shop towels
    Impact Wrench
    Breaker Bar
    Painters tape
    Paper tape
    Grip Tape
    Duct¬* Tape
    Folding chair or two
    Cooler for your water
    Snacks when your hungry
    Loose change for drinks at the track
    Lots of fuel if you run E85
    Track map
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    Fastest Limited/Mod Class Evo in Time Attack at WSIR (Big Willow) - 1:25.562
    2nd Fastest Limited/Mod Class Evo in Time Attack at BRP 13CW - 1:47.425

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    Re: EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    THANK YOU to PureEvoIX for the updated list!!

    Ben, where you at in this thread? Help us n00bz out!! 8)

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    be sure to check all your bolts (especially on your exhaust manifold to head) and that all your hose clamps are tight...


    - CHAPSTICK...!!!
    - some tubing to bleed your brakes
    - zipties
    - a nail or punch (used to knock out your brake pad keeper pin)
    - decent work gloves
    - windex
    - brake cleaner


    - take your TP gauge with you in your car.... start out with your TP at 25~28psi cold during your first session.. do about 4 hot laps, come into hot pits and then adjust your TP to ~35psi...

    - before each session, be sure to torque you lugs to 85ft.lbs.

    - pre set your heater to MAX, just in case you encounter high temps on the track. Then all you have to do is turn it on blast

    - after each session is completed, cruise the paddock area with your heater ON blast... It'll cool down you car faster and it will give your brakes ample time to cool down

    -MattDennison

    2009 REDLINE TIME ATTACK CHAMPION
    ROADRACEENGINEERING GARRETTTURBOS ROBISPEC SPOOLINUP MIL.SPEC FULLRACE ACTCLUTCHES GOPRO SPY+OPTICS ZEITRONIX KWSUSPENSION JACKSTRANSMISSION MIDNIGHTSQUAD

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    Where would most of this stuff be stored once you're on track? Surely not in the car bc it would probably be moving all over the place. I'm a track noob as well so just wondering.

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    most if not all of the people who attend track days are mature and honest people...

    -MattDennison

    2009 REDLINE TIME ATTACK CHAMPION
    ROADRACEENGINEERING GARRETTTURBOS ROBISPEC SPOOLINUP MIL.SPEC FULLRACE ACTCLUTCHES GOPRO SPY+OPTICS ZEITRONIX KWSUSPENSION JACKSTRANSMISSION MIDNIGHTSQUAD

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    Re: EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    I forgot to mention.¬*
    -Bring spare hose clamps and/or t bolt clamps of various sizes.¬* Never know when one will pop off and get lost ending your day.
    -Bring spare caliper retaining clip and pins.¬* I lost a few while out on the track.¬* I have no idea how it happened.
    -Bring some metal wire on a spool to McGyver something up if needed.
    -Matt said zipties.¬* Bring zipties of various lengths.
    -Needle nose pliers
    -Wire cutters (cut zip ties)
    -Hammer
    -Nail for the front caliper pins.¬* Smaller nail for the rear caliper pins.
    -Driving gloves
    -Dont forget AAA card. :)
    Zhong Cheung | Angry Panda Racing
    2006 Mitsubishi Evo 9 | 470whp/410wtq on E85 | 2.3L RPM Buschur Racing | Hankook 285 TDs | KW V3s
    Fastest Limited/Mod Class Evo in Time Attack at WSIR (Big Willow) - 1:25.562
    2nd Fastest Limited/Mod Class Evo in Time Attack at BRP 13CW - 1:47.425

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    chairs and an EZ UP and something to anchor said EZ UP incase of high winds lol.
    Greatest quote to date:<br />lol cuz flying carpets&gt;VTEC -Jeni jacobus

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    Re: EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    Thank You!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdmcwestevo1
    chairs and an EZ UP and something to anchor said EZ UP incase of high winds lol.
    This is a warning to those of you who bring an EZ up but dont have much experience.¬* Unless you have hundreds of pounds of weight to anchor your EZ up, its going to fly away when the wind picks up.¬* Keep in mind that it doesnt have to be a windy day for you to be concerned.¬* A strong gust of wind can show up anytime.¬* So some extra wheels/tires arent going to hold down your EZ up when that strong gust of wind blows through.¬* If you have the means, you want to strap it down with at least 2 practically immovable objects, like 2 trailers.
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    i had my caliper pins drilled,i use safety wire on mine,no way theyll come off

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    Re: EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    Quote Originally Posted by Bueller
    Quote Originally Posted by jdmcwestevo1
    chairs and an EZ UP and something to anchor said EZ UP incase of high winds lol.
    This is a warning to those of you who bring an EZ up but dont have much experience.¬* Unless you have hundreds of pounds of weight to anchor your EZ up, its going to fly away when the wind picks up.¬* Keep in mind that it doesnt have to be a windy day for you to be concerned.¬* A strong gust of wind can show up anytime.¬* So some extra wheels/tires arent going to hold down your EZ up when that strong gust of wind blows through.¬* If you have the means, you want to strap it down with at least 2 practically immovable objects, like 2 trailers.
    When I was working in a booth at Laguna Seca back in 1996, some guy's ez-up flew off and landed on my boss' mint 4 door E36 show car.¬* That was some drama.¬* I thought they were going to fight.¬* Needless to say, my boss was a total cock for the rest of the weekend as a result.

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    Re: EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesinger
    THANK YOU to PureEvoIX for the updated list!!

    Ben, where you at in this thread?¬* Help us n00bz out!!¬* 8)
    Everything is pretty much covered and I'm a noob too :) I've seen a few track guys carry a bin like this:



    To carry misc. stuff like extra clothes, brake fluid, oil, oil filters, jack stands etc etc etc :) Makes it easier to carry stuff around instead of throwing everything in your car and finding random stuff flying under your pedals when you're on track, but what kind of retard would know that from experience anyway¬* :roll:
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    Re: EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    Quote Originally Posted by Azian
    Quote Originally Posted by jamesinger
    THANK YOU to PureEvoIX for the updated list!!

    Ben, where you at in this thread?¬* Help us n00bz out!!¬* 8)
    Everything is pretty much covered and I'm a noob too :) I've seen a few track guys carry a bin like this:


    To carry misc. stuff like extra clothes, brake fluid, oil, oil filters, jack stands etc etc etc :)
    Thanks. I noticed you up on the fastest track times, so you are "Not So Newbie" haha.

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    Re: EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesinger
    Quote Originally Posted by Azian
    Quote Originally Posted by jamesinger
    THANK YOU to PureEvoIX for the updated list!!

    Ben, where you at in this thread?¬* Help us n00bz out!!¬* 8)
    Everything is pretty much covered and I'm a noob too :) I've seen a few track guys carry a bin like this:


    To carry misc. stuff like extra clothes, brake fluid, oil, oil filters, jack stands etc etc etc :)
    Thanks. I noticed you up on the fastest track times, so you are "Not So Newbie" haha.
    I'm not much help either because I don't bring 25-50% of things listed in the OP LOL
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    Re: EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    haha. Yeah, I am sure it is overkill but I want to have a track box in my garage that is just ready to go and a checklist of stuff I need to make things easier, especially because it is far and because that shit is EARLY!! I never wake up before 9am usually!!

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    Re: EVO Specific Track Day Check List [for obsessive peoples].

    Here's a helpful tool to knock out the pins on your brembos if you don't want to use a screwdriver and "scratch" your brembo's(or at least lessen the chance of that happening lol):
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=pin+punch



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