Last weekend, everyone had a great first day back at Riverhead Raceway for Test & Tune Day. If you were wondering what that means, we’re here to share more about it as well as the preparation that leads to practice day.
During the off-season, at team headquarters, the race cars are taken apart. Using a jig, they check to see if the frame is straight and adjust it as needed. It’s basically a time to redo whatever is needed on the cars. Suspension is replaced, they take care of any tin work inside of the car and also repair the outside of the car for appearance and aerodynamics. The motor is reset with springs, bearings and oil lines. All of this requires tuning once in motion.
At the track during Test & Tune, the driver is basically shaking the car down. The set-up is tweaked. They are testing to be sure there are no leaks, loose bolts and of course, pushing their speed and control.
Additionally, to add to the excitement of the day, drivers typically start with old tires and then after pushing through some laps over the winter-roughened track, once it’s ‘broken in,’ new tires will be bolted on and drivers have the potential to run record laps.
We look forward to further practice days coming up this season. Have you ever visited a track for Test & Tune Day? If so, leave a comment and let us know your experience watching or racing.
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