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Guys, wanted to share my thoughts on basic track prep and track essentials. Made a video following my experience at CMP this past weekend. Anything else you guys can think of that I missed?

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Appreciate the video, one question I had as a newbie was the oil change intervals. Obviously its a good idea to put in fresh oil before a track day but how do you know when you should change it before and afterwards?

I do know that aggressive driving does drive down oil life, and with tracking driving it probably kills it. I know that with my GT350 manual it recommends a 1,500 - 3,000 mile interval for oil changes with aggressive driving as opposed to the 5,000 - 7,500 for non aggressive driving
 

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Guys, wanted to share my thoughts on basic track prep and track essentials. Made a video following my experience at CMP this past weekend. Anything else you guys can think of that I missed?

Very well done! I subscribed too! I think you covered most of the bases.
 

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Appreciate the video, one question I had as a newbie was the oil change intervals. Obviously its a good idea to put in fresh oil before a track day but how do you know when you should change it before and afterwards?

I do know that aggressive driving does drive down oil life, and with tracking driving it probably kills it. I know that with my GT350 manual it recommends a 1,500 - 3,000 mile interval for oil changes with aggressive driving as opposed to the 5,000 - 7,500 for non aggressive driving
It really depends on what oil you use since some hold up better than others. I try to keep my oil changes to 3k miles at the most since its cheap insurance for keeping the engine happy. Also if tracking the car you might want to increase the viscosity since at higher temps the oil shears and becomes thinner.
 
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Appreciate the video, one question I had as a newbie was the oil change intervals. Obviously its a good idea to put in fresh oil before a track day but how do you know when you should change it before and afterwards?

I do know that aggressive driving does drive down oil life, and with tracking driving it probably kills it. I know that with my GT350 manual it recommends a 1,500 - 3,000 mile interval for oil changes with aggressive driving as opposed to the 5,000 - 7,500 for non aggressive driving
I did not change it before this event, but I did change it today. I usually change it after each track event.
 


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Guys, wanted to share my thoughts on basic track prep and track essentials. Made a video following my experience at CMP this past weekend. Anything else you guys can think of that I missed?

Great video!

I recently took my FL5 to Road America twice - it ran a 2:34.6 - which I'm told is a decent time for a Cayman GT4. I posted the video on youtube "2023 Civic Type R at Road America"
 

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Great video!

I recently took my FL5 to Road America twice - it ran a 2:34.6 - which I'm told is a decent time for a Cayman GT4. I posted the video on youtube "2023 Civic Type R at Road America"
May not mean much but Ive been lurking around on the GT4 forums (I'm considering getting one) and on their forums is a mega post for unofficial fastest lap times at different tracks and the record for Road America is 2:28.11

So that does seem about right for the average being around the time you got. The car had suspension modifications and Hoosier R7s which are racing slicks I'm pretty sure. It was in a 718 so it could have been with the PDK also. Either way thats really impressive because you were hauling some serious ass 😅
 
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Great video!

I recently took my FL5 to Road America twice - it ran a 2:34.6 - which I'm told is a decent time for a Cayman GT4. I posted the video on youtube "2023 Civic Type R at Road America"
I encourage as many that are willing, to embarrass any Porsche at any outset possible! Good job, Sir!
 

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I encourage as many that are willing, to embarrass any Porsche at any outset possible! Good job, Sir!
At the last auto X when I was 2 seconds off a GT3 I was impressed. On stickier tires I might give them a run for their money at a 1/4 of the price. Still no girl is like oh you drive a civic cool 😂.
 
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At the last auto X when I was 2 seconds off a GT3 I was impressed. On stickier tires I might give them a run for their money at a 1/4 of the price. Still no girl is like oh you drive a civic cool 😂.
But they will react when you crawl up their ass in an underpowered Japanese shit box!
 


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But they will react when you crawl up their ass in an underpowered Japanese shit box!
No.... not really lol.

But your point stands on people who buy Porsches for mostly that reason. These cars are absolutely capable of embarrassing cars that are much higher up in the sports car hierarchy though, no doubt about that... but then again chances are there's a Miata or 20 year old BMW that will embarrass everybody.

There's always a bigger fish. Unless your name is Hamilton or Verstappen.
 
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No.... not really lol.

But your point stands on people who buy Porsches for mostly that reason. These cars are absolutely capable of embarrassing cars that are much higher up in the sports car hierarchy though, no doubt about that... but then again chances are there's a Miata or 20 year old BMW that will embarrass everybody.

There's always a bigger fish. Unless your name is Hamilton or Verstappen.
This is true. It's important to learn any track that you frequent. There will be areas in each that make FWD shine, and RWD lose time. Conversely, RWD will have several areas where they are able to push past the capabilities of FWD. At VIR in particular, I've noticed 3 small sections of the track where I'm able to push past the capabilities of a RWD setup, and I exploit these sections to the maximum of my ability to slingshot myself into the the rear view mirror of any unsuspecting driver in front of me.
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