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Author Topic: Do you set up differently for qualifiers?  (Read 3314 times)
CrewChief6
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« on: August 15, 2009, 11:22:32 AM »

Not asking for specifics here -- unless you'd like to share  Wink.

Generally speaking, what should I be thinking about when setting up a car for qualifiers vs. races? I keep hearing some people do different things specifically for time trials.


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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2009, 02:20:25 PM »

Since qualifying is usually only 3 warm up laps and 2 on the clock for a total of 5 laps, we usually run the car a little tighter for qualifying so it can be driven harder right out of the gate.  Drop the pans a notch or two and a pound or two extra air in the right side from what we would race that day, depending on the weather and how the track is.  Sometimes we dont do a thing.
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2009, 06:07:26 PM »

Definitely new tires for qualifying so you have optimum grip.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2009, 12:03:57 AM »

With the new Hoosiers, we have gotten faster qualifying runs after they have had a good heat cycle in them then when freshly unwrapped, Vega’s and Dunlap’s were the opposite.

We took tires to practice, a new set, a set one race old and a set 5 races old to compare lap times on qualifying runs, 3 warm up and 2 on the clock just like on race day and those were our results.

Each car, driver, setup etc will vary so to see what works for your program by testing.
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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2009, 08:20:18 AM »

Thanks Scott. Great info.
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« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2009, 10:56:47 AM »

now we only qualify at weeklies and we usually have a 2 or 3 minute warm up, and if your first out thats probably your race setup. if you have a few cars in front of you i usually drop the p hard a hole or two.
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2009, 01:01:52 PM »

I read somewhere that if you don't gently warm up new tires, then run them just 2-3 laps at race temperature, letting them cool down before qualifying that you'll mess up your tires (1st heat cycle). Thoughts?
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2009, 05:02:31 PM »

For example, the right side tires we used for practice this past weekend, when AJ ran his fastest laps yet in Jr Honda setup, were on lap number 650 - 700 since we bought them.  Keep in mind this set also wasn't new when we bought them, they were from a Sr Honda team that we buy tires from because they have a sponsor that gives them new tires every week.  They had two Sr Honda practices (raceday practices), a heat and a main on them when I got them.

Don't take this the wrong way, I am not claiming the optimal window for racing on these tires is laps 650 - 700, but it shows there isn't a lot of fall off on these Hoosiers. Smiley
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