PIT STOPS

 

 

PIT ROAD ADJUSTMENTS

 

Wedge: 
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Increasing wedge tightens the chassis 
-Decreasing wedge loosens the chassis

 

Trackbar: 
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Raising the bar loosens the car under acceleration and tightens under braking 
- Lowering the bar tightens the car under acceleration and loosens under braking

 

Spring Rubbers: 

-Adding one to the left tightens the car in the turns                                                               -Removing one from the left loosens the car in the turns                                                       -Adding one in the right loosens the car in the turns                                                             -Removing one from the right tightens the car in the turns

 Grill Tape: 

-Higher % will increase speeds 
-Higher % equals higher water and oil temperature 
-Higher % will loosen the chassis 
-Under 140 mph, tape % has little affect on speeds

Tire Pressures 
-Higher psi in RF will loosen the car. 
-Lower psi in the RF will tighten the car. 
-Higher psi in RR will loosen the car. 
-Lower psi in the RR will tighten the car. 
-Higher psi in the LR will tighten the car from the middle out. 
-Lower psi in the LR will loosen the car from the middle out. 
-Higher psi in the LF will tighten the car. 
-Lower psi in the LF will loosen the car. 
-The lower the psi in a tire the hotter it will run. 
-The higher the psi in a tire the colder it will run. 
-Excessively low front tire psi will create a push. 
-Excessively low rear tire psi will create a loose condition. 
-Increasing the split (more RR psi than LR) increases stagger, helping the car to turn in the middle of a corner. 
-Increasing the split of the left & right side psi (more psi on the right) increases the pull to the left.

 Pit Road Speeds

Short Tracks-30-35 MPH 
Intermediates-40-45 MPH 
SuperSpeedways-50-55 MPH 
Road Courses-30-35 MPH

These all depend on the game you are playing. Inside Line are the lower speeds. 

       TrackNotes 

  On track pit road adjustments

This section will discuss the adjustment options we have available to us during a race while pitting.

Once the race begins, were limited as to what we can adjust to help improve our chassis. The following is a list of options we can change during a pit stop:

  • Fuel

  • Tires/psi.

  • Grill Tape

  • Spring Rubbers

  • Track Bar & Wedge

Fuel

To change the amount of fuel you would like during a pit stop you must hit the left & right arrows on your controller until you find fuel. From here you can select how much fuel you want to take on. You are allowed to take on a splash of fuel as well as 1, or 2 cans. A splash of fuel will give you 2-3 gallons. 1 can equals 11-12 gallons, 2 cans will fill your tank with 22 gallons. The less fuel you carry the faster you should be. Use this to your advantage when planning pit stops, race strategy, & fuel mileage.

Tires / Psi

Here you are able to decide how many tires you would like changed as well as any psi adjustments you would like to make. Once you are beyond the commitment cone, you are allowed to toggle between taking on 4 tires, left sides, right sides or no tires. Using the left & right arrows on the controller will allow you to select each individual tire that you would like to make an air pressure adjustment too. Hitting the up & down arrows will allow you to increase or decrease the pressure of the selected tire in 1/2 lb. increments. Tire psi is the most difficult of all adjustments to remember while pitting because it can be changed in conjunction with other tires to produce various results. Not to mention how little time you have to make these changes!

Grill Tape

Adding or removing grill tape is another adjustment we can make by using the up & down arrows will add or subtract tape in 5% increments. Adding grill tape reduces drag & increases speed. Adding tape also places more down force on the front end & can be used to loosen the car up through the corners. Be sure to keep an eye on your gauges. Too much tape will raise your water temperature & overheat your engine, you might be forced to make an extra pit stop to remove the tape to help cool the engine.

Spring Rubbers

Adding or removing spring rubbers is another adjustment we can make, by using the up & down arrows will add or subtract a spring rubber from either side of the car. Adding a spring rubber to the left side of the car will tighten it in the turns, and removing one from the left will loosen it in the turns. Adding a spring rubber to the right side of the car will loosen it, and removing one from the right side of the car will tighten it. 

     Track Bar

Using the up & down arrows we can raise or lower the track bar in increments. The important thing to remember when adjusting the track bar during a pit stop, is that your raising or lower the RIGHT side ONLY. In the garage were allowed adjustments on both sides. Because were only adjusting the right or frame side of the track bar, we are adding rear steer to the chassis. Therefore raising the the track bar during a pit stop will make the car looser under acceleration while at the same time tighten you up under braking. Lowering the right side of the track bar will have the opposite effect & will make the car tighter under acceleration & loosen you up while braking. The more you raise or lower the bar, the greater the effect on the chassis.

Wedge 

Use the up & down arrows to increase or decrease the desired amount of wedge. You can change the wedge in increments. Increasing wedge (higher %) will tighten the chassis. Decreasing wedge (lower%) will loosen the chassis. 

Overview 

As you can see, the number of adjustments we have available to us during a race, are far less than we have in the garage. Because of this it is important to have your setup close   before entering a race. Use the above adjustments to fine tune the chassis for the various  weather conditions & to readjust your chassis as a race progresses.

Keep in mind, you have a limited amount of time to make the adjustments you want to make before hitting your pit box! Have an idea of what you want to change before getting to the commitment cone. Once you get to the commitment cone, your options box comes up. You'll want to decide 2 or 4 tires & how much fuel first. You should have these options assigned to buttons on your controller so you can easily choose those options very quickly and move on to the other adjustments you want to make. On NTG: IL, You scroll through the various options with your left & right arrows. Once you've found what you're looking for, use your up & down arrows to make the adjustments on that particular item. Once you've made the change, no confirmation button is needed, just quickly move on to the next item you wish to adjust with your left & right arrows till you find what your looking for. If you have a lot of changes in mind, you may not be able to make them all in 1 stop within the alotted time. Don't panic, just plan on making the rest of your changes on the next pit stop. It's especially important to remember this if your running in a league that doesn't allow setups. Even in leagues with the cleanest drivers, there will be cautions every so often. Mistakes happen and no one is perfect!

Good Luck! 

The F6 button on your keyboard will allow you to make a wedge adjustment. Use the left & right arrows to increase or decrease the desired amount of wedge. You can change the wedge in 5 lb. increments. Increasing wedge (higher %) will tighten the chassis. Decreasing wedge (lower%) will loosen the chassis.

Use the F7 button to adjust your track bar. Using the left & right arrows we can raise or lower the track bar in 1/4" increments. The important thing to remember when adjusting the track bar during a pit stop, is that your raising or lower the RIGHT side ONLY. In the garage were allowed adjustments on both sides. Because were only adjusting the right or frame side of the track bar, we are adding rear steer to the chassis. Therefore raising the the track bar during a pit stop will make the car looser under acceleration while at the same time tighten you up under braking. Lowering the right side of the track bar will have the opposite effect & will make the car tighter under acceleration & loosen you up while braking. The more you raise or lower the bar, the greater the effect on the chassis.

The F6 button on your keyboard will allow you to make a wedge adjustment. Use the left & right arrows to increase or decrease the desired amount of wedge. You can change the wedge in 5 lb. increments. Increasing wedge (higher %) will tighten the chassis. Decreasing wedge (lower%) will loosen the chassis.

Use the F7 button to adjust your track bar. Using the left & right arrows we can raise or lower the track bar in 1/4" increments. The important thing to remember when adjusting the track bar during a pit stop, is that your raising or lower the RIGHT side ONLY. In the garage were allowed adjustments on both sides. Because were only adjusting the right or frame side of the track bar, we are adding rear steer to the chassis. Therefore raising the the track bar during a pit stop will make the car looser under acceleration while at the same time tighten you up under braking. Lowering the right side of the track bar will have the opposite effect & will make the car tighter under acceleration & loosen you up while braking. The more you raise or lower the bar, the greater the effect on the chassis.

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