Originally Posted by ayao
Thanks for the link. Much of it is not as intuitive as I'd like -- still lots to learn.
From your description of proper tire temperature checks it is apparent that I waited much too long to obtain the temperature data. I generally did at least half a cooldown lap in addition to some waiting in line to get measurements taken. One of the guys said that he likes to see even temps across the tire. Is this an accurate statement?
In any event I'm likely getting a little ahead of myself trying to analyze this data when I should probably be focusing on smooth inputs and enjoying myself on the track.
Yes. Typically a 10 degree F difference across the tire is considered optimal.
If you are serious about this, what you need is a contact pyrometer (the device in the middle).
But if you are new to the race track... just enjoy driving