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Old 06-06-10, 12:18 PM   #41
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On the STI, you can use your ebrake as its activates the drum brakes only. Typically you don't want to use your ebrake cause the heat still left in the pads and rotors can cause the fluid to boil while sitting in the pits. But Porsches and STI's and a few other cars have drum in disc parking brakes so it's not an issue.
If your drum brakes are hot enough after coming off the track that it's melting pads, you've got MUCH bigger problems.
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Old 03-20-11, 07:42 PM   #42
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Old 03-21-11, 04:52 AM   #43
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^^ you shouldn't be talking on the phone while driving around the track...
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Old 03-21-11, 06:19 AM   #44
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Why don't you want to use your ebrake in the pit? I'm guessing that your rotors might be hot enough that the ebrake could cause the pads to stick? What sort of ebrake is on the STI, is it an axel brake (I don't see how it could be) or does it actually engage the rear disk brakes manually?
In the case of the sti, I've been warned that the parking break pads will get stuck to the inside of the rotor as the rotor cools down and you won't be able to move your car or will damage the shoes. Not sure this is in any way true, but it's an easy practice to learn to never use the parking brake at the track. Most paddocks are pretty flat and a chock can be a scrap of 2x4 that you should probably bring anyway in case you are jacking the car.

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In the case of the sti, I've been warned that the parking break pads will get stuck to the inside of the rotor as the rotor cools down and you won't be able to move your car or will damage the shoes. Not sure this is in any way true, but it's an easy practice to learn to never use the parking brake at the track. Most paddocks are pretty flat and a chock can be a scrap of 2x4 that you should probably bring anyway in case you are jacking the car.

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Good advice. NEVER use your ebrake. Park where it's flat to let your motor run and cool down, when done, turn it off and leave it in gear.
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This memorial day weekend I'm brining a kiddie pool to VIR and a skateboard to get around on. I might bring a football too.
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^ Now you my friend know how to enjoy the track! Haha, to many people get all anal about what to bring, and when they get there realize its not that serious, unless your in a race
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I'd like to add a few things to this list:

- HPDE insurance. Do it. You will regret the first time you crash.
- Download Harry's laptimer or any other lap timer. You will learn a lot about how you are driving.
- Extra memory card for your go pro, because it's very easy to fill it up in just 3 sessions. You don't want to miss that Z06 pass in your last lap.
- Lap top to hook your video up to and watch with an instructor for instant at track feedback.
- Something to get around on (skateboard / scooter). You will get VERY tired from walking around.
- Windex. Is this on the list? Yes - you will want this. Your windows will get decimated with bug juice.
- A pad to kneel on when you are working on your wheels / brakes.
- Extra clips for the fenders, and under garments on the STI. These pop off easily and can get you black flagged if they see it flapping around.
- Canopy tent. Bring a tent for the summer. You will regret not getting it.
- A Cot. You can get very tired. Along with that... a pillow.
- A hot GF to attract people to work on your car if something goes wrong. Otherwise, you are just another dumb ass.
- An exit plan in case something happens to your car. You will eventually crash or have mechanical issues where you can't drive your car home.
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Lots of good input this far. This is my first year doing HPDE. My 2 cents that I'd like to share:

- Drink LOTS of water to stay hydrated throughout the day. I drink enough water that I have to take a piss everytime I come back from a driving stint. Staying hydrated helps you to stay focused on the task at hand. Being dehydrated takes away from your concentration and it only takes the smallest blips in your concentration to have an "incident". STAY HYDRATED.

- Seating position is EVERYTHING. Find that perfect seating position so that when you are driving at the limit you are "one" with the car. If your position isn't perfect, you are constantly thinking about the deficiency and that takes away from you concentrating on the technical aspects of going fast.

- Check your oil every time you pull back into the pits. I do. I'm surprised at the number of people who I NEVER see check their oil level. Wow.

Have fun out there, HPDE is the funnest thing you can do with your pants on
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