Spring Into Action
I have a couple of technical questions I can use some help on. I am fairly new to racing, and I wondered if you could help me with some baseline spring and weight settings for my car. I am running an old Ford unibody car in a pretty much Stock class. It has front coils and rear multileaf. Total weight of the car is approximately 3,250 pounds. As the car sits right now, it is running 52 percent front weight. I am running it on a quarter-mile paved oval with 9 degrees of banking in the corners. As I said, I am looking for somewhere to start from. Any help would be appreciated.
Ken Callaway
Vancouver, WA

From the information you have supplied, there are some basics that can be suggested, however it's not possible to give you an exact because more information is needed. That having been said, let's take a look at your situation and see if we can't give you some direction.

Because you are running on a relatively flat track, here is a general setup suggestion for your car. This is, of course, just a suggestion for a baseline, and it's important that you take your car to the track for a little open-practice testing to see how this works. It is sometimes hard to be a desk jockey and tell you what works best, and nothing can take the place of testing and practice. Also, looking at this setup, I know you say its stock, but you should take a look at some aftermarket shocks for this car, I think you will be happier with the performance over the stock shocks.

On the hypothetical side of this, you'll have to get a feel for the car to achieve the right combination. For instance, if you feel it's rolling over too much (going into the corners) then you need to work a little more on the setup. If you are like a lot of new drivers, you probably will take the car into the corner as far as you can, nail the brakes, and then try to power out of the turn. This happens a lot with new guys, but after practice and races under your belt, you will develop a smoother entry into and exit out of the corners. The point is, as your driving style matures, you will also be doing some finesse-type changes on setup to adapt to the changes in your driving skills. It's a natural progression that comes from seat time.

With experience, you will develop a smoother entry and exit into the turns. After that, along with practice time, you should become adept at knowing what you need and then making those changes.
Brian Childress
Childress Race Cars
Thomasville, NC

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