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I've never tracked a car before. Ive found a place to got to with a reasonable price. But now I am wondering. What don't I know? Total newby. I'm gonna show up all excited and ready to learn and find out there's twenty things everybody there is already prepared for and I have no idea.

Common my shelby brothers! Any advise to make this first track day not miserable? 

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After. Chances are your pads, rotors and fluids are fine if all you've done is daily driving.  Then you get to drive on new ones until the next track day. 

And if you've never tracked before, chances are you'll be fine even after.  Try hard as you might you're probably not going to wear a set out on your first track day.

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I say this from experience.  At Bondurant they watch the brakes and give you feedback on your use.  On the 4 day class noone needed changes.  On my advanced class I got 1 day (out of a car that had 1 day before me) before they changed the pads.   As you get more experience you brake later and harder. 

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And I'm completely inexperienced. I'm planning on going to Sebring. I've been reading about guys saying 80 to 90 percent. Im thinking 75? and no more. 

At least for the first time out. Last thing I want is to damage the nicest car I've ever owned.

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You'l need to change your brake fluid to a higher boiling point racing-type DOT4 or higher fluid. Motul RBF600 is a good fluid. If you don't, you risk losing your brakes from the repeated hard braking you'll do at the track.

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On 5/31/2018 at 3:03 PM, Secondo said:

You'l need to change your brake fluid to a higher boiling point racing-type DOT4 or higher fluid. Motul RBF600 is a good fluid. If you don't, you risk losing your brakes from the repeated hard braking you'll do at the track.

^^^^^^^^^ This!

Noticeably better bite! DOT3 is squishy compared to DOT4, even during daily use.

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 Just got done with a track day with Team Shelby Nationals at Summit Point raceway in WVA. Compared to last year I have added significant HP so I wanted to be confident the brakes were trustworthy at this event.  Last year it was new rotors and ceramic pads along w Motul 600 fluid. All went well but there were times I was a bit scared as they felt like they could have done a better job. 

So this year, new Hawk Pads and resurfaced rotors. Same fluid. Front Hawks were their Street / Race pad and HP plus in the back. Well, the car can stop on a dime and I had a lot of confidence at the track.  Now, a day after however on our Team Shelby trip to Carlisle my brakes squeak and even groan!  I might have to switch back to my ceramics!  Also, the brake dust after the track was thick as can be and a pain to clean. It's a trade off but I wanted stopping power!!

 

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17 hours ago, Bruce2009KR said:

 Just got done with a track day with Team Shelby Nationals at Summit Point raceway in WVA. Compared to last year I have added significant HP so I wanted to be confident the brakes were trustworthy at this event.  Last year it was new rotors and ceramic pads along w Motul 600 fluid. All went well but there were times I was a bit scared as they felt like they could have done a better job. 

So this year, new Hawk Pads and resurfaced rotors. Same fluid. Front Hawks were their Street / Race pad and HP plus in the back. Well, the car can stop on a dime and I had a lot of confidence at the track.  Now, a day after however on our Team Shelby trip to Carlisle my brakes squeak and even groan!  I might have to switch back to my ceramics!  Also, the brake dust after the track was thick as can be and a pain to clean. It's a trade off but I wanted stopping power!!

 

Great job on the brake system! Yeah the Ceramics aren't going to hold up on the track they're more for comfort and Street driving they are quiet and don't dust as much. But the Hawks are definitely going to bite at the track but not so much comfort on the street they will cause a lot of dust and noise. Since you have a GT500 with the Brembo brakes they are designed for quick pad changes you can quickly put the ceramic back in for street driving and vice versa.

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