If you use dedicated setup tires in the shop (and you should), take them to the track test
After all that, we will finally get to making changes. There's no way to cover it all in terms of what change affects the car in what manner, so we won't even try. For that, you can read Bob Bolles' excellent chassis and setup articles elsewhere in this magazine every month. But we will offer this one excellent piece of advice Sibley passed along.
When making changes to the car, always start with the handling problems that show up earliest in the turn. For example, if the race car is tight in and then bad loose coming out of the corner, resist the urge to fight the biggest problem first which is the car's looseness on turn exit.
The reason for this is simple; the problems you are experiencing with the car earlier in the turn often affect how the car handles later. In this example, the car is tight on turn entry. So you have to wait until the car slows enough before it will begin to turn. But because it is tight, many drivers overcompensate with the steering wheel and have the tires turned too far. Once the car slows enough that the front tires can get some grip, they are turned too far and the car goes from tight to loose. Fixing the tight condition on turn entry will change the way to drive into the turn and the loose condition on turn exit likely will fix itself.
Sibley strongly recommends taking notes of practically everything that happens during a te
Overall, both Sibley and Cloce said the test went well. "It's really good for me to see how these guys work," Cloce says. "They don't waste any time, and every time I gave feedback on how the car behaved they knew exactly what needed to be done. When we started the car was set up specifically for me or for this track, but because they already knew what changes worked with this chassis, they were able to get it to suit my needs as a driver very quickly."
The whole session was valuable for both Tommy and the JGR team. The ASA has again given a local short track racer the chance of a lifetime with another successful test with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Could you be in that seat next year? Of course you could, but first you have to be an ASA member racing at an ASA Member Track. Get those two things out of the way and all you have to do is race your hardest. This ASA Championship uses a weighted points system that allows competitors from different tracks across the country to compete against one another. You gain points by not only winning heats and features but also by passing cars on the track. While the formula to calculate all that may be complex, the goal is fairly simply: Accumulate the most points by the end of the season and you are crowned the champion.