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Frank.JD.Perez

FJD Performance
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437
Exp. Level
5-10 Years
Pleasanton/Hayward, CA
Ive had the car for a little over two years now and have been learning its limits on many different tires and suspension setups but just recently got the 200tw tires and r compound pads and now it all about temperature so I guess im still learning more now that there is such a difference between hot tires and brake pads performance vs when they are still cold which wasnt as much of a concern until now but I do know when I need to hit the brakes and I can feel if the car is going to understeer or oversteer and if things are getting to hot so I now feel confident taking it to the track. Hoping to set a better laptime than my buddy who has done a few track days in his new c8 corvette that I have spent some time in, but maybe I am too confident.
look into American AutoX Series and SCCA SFR. They both run at crows landing near patterson. hit me up in the DMs if you wanna know more or hang out at the track/do a autox day. youre in the same area as me
 
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30
Exp. Type
HPDE
Exp. Level
Under 3 Years
Bay Area CA
look into American AutoX Series and SCCA SFR. They both run at crows landing near patterson. hit me up in the DMs if you wanna know more or hang out at the track/do a autox day. youre in the same area as me
Crows Landing is that abandoned airfield right? Ive heard of that place a couple times I didnt know that they did autox there and I will definitely be looking into that thanks.
 

Dave_W

Cones - not just for ice cream
618
730
Exp. Type
Autocross
Exp. Level
20+ Years
Connecticut
if you have not done so already, i would take the car out to the nearest autox event and start learning the limits. Going fast on a racetrack is fun and all, but if you dont know your limits and the cars, you may be looking for a new car when things go unexpectedly, or worse, south
Hitting cones is much better than hitting tire walls. ;) At either autocross or track days, ask for instructors to drive with you, and for ride-alongs with experienced drivers. Ask the drivers to vocalize where they're looking and what they're thinking about during the lap (some people are better at this than others) so you can more quickly build the skills of looking ahead and thinking ahead. My guidance is you want to be looking & thinking about 2-3 seconds ahead of where you are.

I find a lot of novices tend to look over the hood, only a second or less ahead, so they constantly feel "rushed" in their inputs and have trouble driving a smooth line. Once you pick your sight line up and look (much) further down the road, you can plan a much smoother line, having more time to plan your inputs. You end up being able to drive faster, but also feel more relaxed, because you're not being constantly surprised by the next element on the course.
 
31
30
Exp. Type
HPDE
Exp. Level
Under 3 Years
Bay Area CA
Hitting cones is much better than hitting tire walls. ;) At either autocross or track days, ask for instructors to drive with you, and for ride-alongs with experienced drivers. Ask the drivers to vocalize where they're looking and what they're thinking about during the lap (some people are better at this than others) so you can more quickly build the skills of looking ahead and thinking ahead. My guidance is you want to be looking & thinking about 2-3 seconds ahead of where you are.

I find a lot of novices tend to look over the hood, only a second or less ahead, so they constantly feel "rushed" in their inputs and have trouble driving a smooth line. Once you pick your sight line up and look (much) further down the road, you can plan a much smoother line, having more time to plan your inputs. You end up being able to drive faster, but also feel more relaxed, because you're not being constantly surprised by the next element on the course.
Thanks for the advice I really appreciate it I am looking to do lots of autocross with some track days mixed in. I will have an experienced driver with me on the track and will be in a beginner group. Going to be looking into some autocross events near me a lot of helpful guys have introduced me to some groups near me.
 

Frank.JD.Perez

FJD Performance
283
437
Exp. Level
5-10 Years
Pleasanton/Hayward, CA
Hitting cones is much better than hitting tire walls. ;) At either autocross or track days, ask for instructors to drive with you, and for ride-alongs with experienced drivers. Ask the drivers to vocalize where they're looking and what they're thinking about during the lap (some people are better at this than others) so you can more quickly build the skills of looking ahead and thinking ahead. My guidance is you want to be looking & thinking about 2-3 seconds ahead of where you are.

I find a lot of novices tend to look over the hood, only a second or less ahead, so they constantly feel "rushed" in their inputs and have trouble driving a smooth line. Once you pick your sight line up and look (much) further down the road, you can plan a much smoother line, having more time to plan your inputs. You end up being able to drive faster, but also feel more relaxed, because you're not being constantly surprised by the next element on the course.
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