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      10-13-2019, 09:39 PM   #10539
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Hey guys! Figured I'd post here instead of started a new thread cause its probably been covered, anyways looks like next week is my last chance to try a track day this year. I was wondering of any tips before I head out?

I've never done a track day so not sure I'm capable of boiling the brake fluid or melting pads, though whats the minimum amount of pad I should have front and back? Tires are PSS with under 3k on them, hoping to not trash them though if I love it they'll go away with the wheels to be replaced with a square setup!

https://www.tracknightinamerica.com/events/1993777-track-night-2019-topeka-october-17
don't set the parking brake when you come back in, and always take a cool down lap.
don't torque hot lugs.
put a sock over the power steering reservoir.
bring a roll of paper towels and maybe some gloves.
stay off the berms with those adv.1's.
Oh those are great ones! I read about the sock on ps cap before but forgot. Really good to know about the parking brake!
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Shit, I didn't even realize he linked to TNIA. Or I would of mentioned staying away from them in my original post.

Hope he comes back with a recap. TNIA here is an epic clusterfuck of bad and dangerous driving.
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Depends on the region I believe. Some have instructors. I've instructed at a TNIA.
I partially agree with Chris_PDX.

I believe the problem with TNIA is at the middle level - experienced/intermediate

Anyone can sign up for a TNIA event and say they are experienced/intermediate. (or Expert fo that matter) You have a bunch of people who think they can drive better than they can, which adds a lot of danger.

I personally am at the experienced/intermediate level, I am not worthy to claim expert, but I have personally dropped down to Novice level at a TNIA event and just lined up with in the first three cars and did not have any problem with waiting for point bys until lapping the back end of the train.

I would rather wait for point bys than deal with people almost hitting me at an intermediate level where they should not be anywhere near my car unless my arm is pointing out my window. Ask me how I know.
Yeah I'm going to run novice of course. As I've heard/read as well the upper two classes is where the problem shows up (drivers going above their skill level).

I spoke with some local track vets and they said the TNIA at heartland is very laid back and well organized No one mentioned it being dangerous at all and great for first time exposure. After that best to sign up for HPDE's instead!
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Yeah I'm going to run novice of course. As I've heard/read as well the upper two classes is where the problem shows up (drivers going above their skill level).

I spoke with some local track vets and they said the TNIA at heartland is very laid back and well organized No one mentioned it being dangerous at all and great for first time exposure. After that best to sign up for HPDE's instead!
TNIA is great to use for what it is. Cheap track time.

Pretty sure no where else can you get on track 3x 20 minute sessions for $150.
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TNIA is great to use for what it is. Cheap track time.

Pretty sure no where else can you get on track 3x 20 minute sessions for $150.
We have some great afternoon days at the ridge for $200. 5 20min sessions and sometimes it ends up as 5 30min sessions if there is any rain in the forecast!
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I partially agree with Chris_PDX.

I believe the problem with TNIA is at the middle level - experienced/intermediate

Anyone can sign up for a TNIA event and say they are experienced/intermediate. (or Expert fo that matter) You have a bunch of people who think they can drive better than they can, which adds a lot of danger.

I personally am at the experienced/intermediate level, I am not worthy to claim expert, but I have personally dropped down to Novice level at a TNIA event and just lined up with in the first three cars and did not have any problem with waiting for point bys until lapping the back end of the train.

I would rather wait for point bys than deal with people almost hitting me at an intermediate level where they should not be anywhere near my car unless my arm is pointing out my window. Ask me how I know.
I had the opposite experience last time I did a TNIA event. Missed the first int session, so I ran with novice for a session. Asshat in a crapmaro would not let me pass for half the session...he motoríd me in the straights then Iíd catch up and ride his ass in the corner. Every single driver I encountered in intermediate was courteous and gave points quickly.
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Are those really more reliable than a BMW X5D? I've heard many horror stories about the Grand Cherokees.
the 5.7 is in a bajillion cars/trucks, so i would imagine it is decent. i've heard there might be some electrical surprises, but everyone i've actually talked to that has one- digs them. time will tell. its my first american car.

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Alright, after two pages we're gonna need to see some on track photos of the track hawk. Better photo chop us up something quick.
it the trailhawk. comes with some stickers, skid plates, and rock rails. nothing that makes it more capable, really. we didn't specifically want this trim, its just what was available with the class 4 hitch and v8.
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the 5.7 is in a bajillion cars/trucks, so i would imagine it is decent.
If itís the same as in the Ram 1500, itís an awful oil change. The filter is tucked pretty far out of reach above the front axle and itís difficult changing it without a mess.
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Are those really more reliable than a BMW X5D? I've heard many horror stories about the Grand Cherokees.
the 5.7 is in a bajillion cars/trucks, so i would imagine it is decent. i've heard there might be some electrical surprises, but everyone i've actually talked to that has one- digs them. time will tell. its my first american car.

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Alright, after two pages we're gonna need to see some on track photos of the track hawk. Better photo chop us up something quick.
it the trailhawk. comes with some stickers, skid plates, and rock rails. nothing that makes it more capable, really. we didn't specifically want this trim, its just what was available with the class 4 hitch and v8.
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I had the opposite experience last time I did a TNIA event. Missed the first int session, so I ran with novice for a session. Asshat in a crapmaro would not let me pass for half the session...he motoríd me in the straights then Iíd catch up and ride his ass in the corner. Every single driver I encountered in intermediate was courteous and gave points quickly.
Are you not allowed to drive through the pits at TNIA
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Montaver, SYT, or anyone else going to NJMP with NASA this weekend?

I'll be there both days. Hopefully I can get more comfortable in the car and find some pace.
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Montaver, SYT, or anyone else going to NJMP with NASA this weekend?

I'll be there both days. Hopefully I can get more comfortable in the car and find some pace.
Yes sir i'll be there, which car are you in? I'm in a space grey E90 with ZCP wheels and red harnesses. Picked up a Go Pro finally as well so looking forward to getting some footage! One of my throttle actuators went, new one going in today so should be all set.

NJMP not on the same level as the Glen but still a great track, last weekend of the season for me.
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Montaver, SYT, or anyone else going to NJMP with NASA this weekend?

I'll be there both days. Hopefully I can get more comfortable in the car and find some pace.
I wish but my track season is officially over! Now to prep for the following season
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This will be the end of the season for me as well.
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This will be the end of the season for me as well.
Ironically just getting started in CA. Finally cooler temps!
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