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Before I begin, I've done a ton of searching and feel pretty confident in my preparedness level, just want some other opinions.

Going to my first track day in a couple weeks -- going to do an HPDE Level 1 class at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. There aren't any tracks near me and I'll already be going down there that week to see family for Thanksgiving, so figured I'd give it a shot.

I have been racing autocross for the last couple years, going to pretty much every event out here (usually one 2-day event per month) and I usually do okay (usually in the top third of ASP, which my car is very underprepared for). I haven't had any real track time except for an exotic driving experience I did last year where I did 4 laps in a Gallardo and 4 laps in a GT3 with an instructor.

The car is a 05 STi and is running a basic Stage 2 setup -- downpipe, intake, ebcs, and catback -- and has a quality protune. I have a boost gauge and an AP for monitoring.

For suspension/braking... I have Whiteline swaybars, Kartboy endlinks, SS brake lines, fresh ATE200 fluid (replaced a couple months ago), and a master cylinder brace. Stock wheels with 235/45/17 Bridgestone RE-71R tires. Tires are showing some wear but have a lot of life left.

From searching, seems like a set of fresh track pads would be a good call. I'm fine with that, especially as I'd probably swap them out for DD use and swap them in for autox and future track days. Any recommendations on some good ones?

I'm thinking brake fluid will be fine as it's only a couple months old. Going to change the oil beforehand as well as all my normal autox prep stuff (remove anything loose, check wheel torque, check tire pressure, check fluids, etc).

I'm definitely going to be coming planning to learn and not try to push the car flat out right away. Seen too many people do that at autox and not end up really getting much out of it.

Anything else I'm overlooking?
 

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I'd check the coolant. Make sure the lug nuts are torqued to spec. I datalog before I do track days. Just to make sure everything is running dandy. I would also bring the accessport to monitor coolant temp etc while you doing your sessions.
 

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Where in Colorado are you that there are no tracks near you. We have at least 3. :)

If you're swapping pads, track pads are a good call. Other than that, keep an eye on cooling and you might put some race fuel in for knock safety.
 

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Where in Colorado are you that there are no tracks near you. We have at least 3. :)

If you're swapping pads, track pads are a good call. Other than that, keep an eye on cooling and you might put some race fuel in for knock safety.
I'm down in Durango, about 6 hrs south of Denver.

Closest to me would be Albuquerque, then probably PPIR which would still be 4.5 hours away.

In any case, I'm going to be traveling somewhere to race and this seemed like a good opportunity.

I wasn't originally planning on swapping pads... the ones I have are in good shape and have worked well for autox. But everything I've read has indicated that running the OEM pads would be a mistake. Most threads go so far as to say a street/track pad isn't a good call... so I was thinking to get track ones and swap.
 

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I'd check the coolant. Make sure the lug nuts are torqued to spec. I datalog before I do track days. Just to make sure everything is running dandy. I would also bring the accessport to monitor coolant temp etc while you doing your sessions.
That's what I was thinking -- I'd love to have an oil temp gauge but figured I could at least keep an eye on things with the AP.
 

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I think Pueblo would be closer than PPIR, right?


The potential to go past the stock pad heat range is extremely high, especially if you have some AutoX experience. I wouldn't even bother with anything but a track pad. I would be extremely frustrated on track if I had to let off hundreds of feet before I would with track pads and manage brakes.
 

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The track at wild horse is dope. Its close to my parents house out there. You should check out Rawhide while you're there.

Also, there is normally a meet every saturday night at the Pavillions in scottsdale. Simply Subies AZ will normally roll out for that. Lots of dope whips!

Additionally, they sell 95+ oct fuel at the Love's gas station right there by the track. :tup:
 

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I think Pueblo would be closer than PPIR, right?


The potential to go past the stock pad heat range is extremely high, especially if you have some AutoX experience. I wouldn't even bother with anything but a track pad. I would be extremely frustrated on track if I had to let off hundreds of feet before I would with track pads and manage brakes.
You're probably right actually, forgot about Pueblo. Though I have friends in the Springs and Denver so I'll probably spend more time at PPIR or High Plains anyways. Hoping to do a couple track days a year going forward.

Any recommendations on a track pad that you've liked? I was looking at the Ferodo DS2500 after seeing it recommended a few places. Holy expensive pads though. I'm ok spending the money, but as it'll be my first time and I'll most likely only do a couple track days a year, I'd rather not go big if it's not needed.

Also slightly wondering if something like that would make a good autox pad, seeing how a lot of burlier race pads seem to need a lot of heat, which I could see not happening until halfway through an autox run.

Are the Hawk HP+ any good? I've heard good things.
 

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The track at wild horse is dope. Its close to my parents house out there. You should check out Rawhide while you're there.

Also, there is normally a meet every saturday night at the Pavillions in scottsdale. Simply Subies AZ will normally roll out for that. Lots of dope whips!

Additionally, they sell 95+ oct fuel at the Love's gas station right there by the track. :tup:
Sweet! I was watching some track videos and it looks pretty fun. What's Rawhide?

Might try to make it out to a meet! I'll be in the area for a week or a bit more staying with my aunt who lives pretty close to Scottsdale. I was looking around for a Cars and Coffee or something but didn't see anything during the week I'll be down there.

And that's awesome to know about the gas... I'm tuned on 91 so getting some 95 in there should help keep her nice and happy for the day.
 

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Sweet! I was watching some track videos and it looks pretty fun. What's Rawhide?

Might try to make it out to a meet! I'll be in the area for a week or a bit more staying with my aunt who lives pretty close to Scottsdale. I was looking around for a Cars and Coffee or something but didn't see anything during the week I'll be down there.

And that's awesome to know about the gas... I'm tuned on 91 so getting some 95 in there should help keep her nice and happy for the day.
Rawhide is this western town set up thats on the same property / reservation as the racetrack. There is a big casino right there too. But rawhide is an old western town with a blacksmith shop, livestock, and a great steakhouse. Sort of a tourist activity, but I used to go there all the time to grub when I lived out there. Big dirt parking lot to hoon the subi in as well lol.

Cars and Coffee is in scottsdale and only happens on the first saturday of the month. Unfortunately I am missing out on that as well this month. I will be out there from Nov 19 through Nov 26 and will likely hit the Pavs meet on the 19th. Its not just for subies, there is normally 1000+ cars there. Hot rods, flame shooting supras, you name it. The zonies take their cars serious lol.

Check out Simply Subies AZ on facebook, theres a lot going on and there might be some events happening that week. I run the simply subies chapter here in Los Angeles. Feel free to keep in touch if you want to cruise or something that week. I know a badass drive up to Canyon Lake / Tortilla Flat in the Superstition Mountains that is a blast. The road is tons of fun and the views are great.

Good luck on trackday! :tup:
 

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Rawhide is this western town set up thats on the same property / reservation as the racetrack. There is a big casino right there too. But rawhide is an old western town with a blacksmith shop, livestock, and a great steakhouse. Sort of a tourist activity, but I used to go there all the time to grub when I lived out there. Big dirt parking lot to hoon the subi in as well lol.

Cars and Coffee is in scottsdale and only happens on the first saturday of the month. Unfortunately I am missing out on that as well this month. I will be out there from Nov 19 through Nov 26 and will likely hit the Pavs meet on the 19th. Its not just for subies, there is normally 1000+ cars there. Hot rods, flame shooting supras, you name it. The zonies take their cars serious lol.

Check out Simply Subies AZ on facebook, theres a lot going on and there might be some events happening that week. I run the simply subies chapter here in Los Angeles. Feel free to keep in touch if you want to cruise or something that week. I know a badass drive up to Canyon Lake / Tortilla Flat in the Superstition Mountains that is a blast. The road is tons of fun and the views are great.

Good luck on trackday! :tup:
That sounds killer. My girlfriend is pretty into it all too and she was bummed we were gonna miss Cars and Coffee. That meet sounds killer though. We'll be in town the 18th through probably the 30th -- track day is the 19th. I'll definitely check out the Simply Subies group -- would be fun to check some stuff out while we're in town.
 
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