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Old 02-08-2019, 03:03 AM
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The car is a new 2019 Sebring Orange Z06 2LZ M7 with competition seats. I received the car on Saturday, January 25th. Hendrick Chevrolet in Duluth, GA was great to work with, 13% OFF MSRP and trailered to my home in NC for free. I drove the car everyday to get my 500 break-in miles and 10 quarts of new 0w40 Dexos 2 ESP magic oil.

Now for the track prep.
- Car was lowered to dead bottom on stock bolts. This didn't seem to affect handling for me in any way. No, I did not re-check the alignment after lowering.
- My previous 2016 had the DSC controller. The 2019 feels great to me with the factory alignment and revised shock mapping. I'm not touching it......yet.
- GM factory brake cooling ducts were installed without the metal backing plates. 18" wheels WILL NOT clear the metal backing plates.
- 18" Deity Signature wheels installed: 18x11F, 18x12.5R.
- Toyo R888R Tires 315/30/18F, 335/30/18R (starting pressures 25LF, 26RF, 29 both R's)
- Castrol SRF brake fluid for insurance
- Hawk DTC 60/70 brake pads for fade free performance
- 4 DEI insulator blankets (both CATs + transmission tunnel) again for insurance
- Aero was proverbs splitter on front, full stage 3 rear with clear wicker fully up.

Track Day February 5th, VIR full course.This was a track rental with only 20 attendees.
- 2 run groups. Closed wheel (10), Open wheel (10)
- Format, 8am start, 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off....ALL DAY until sunset
- I ran 8 sessions, 4 hours total track time, 30 on, 30 off
- Temperature ranged from 62* to 74*
- NO overheating issues, warnings, etc.

Driver
- 50+ track days at VIR
- First time in this car
- First time at VIR since May 2018
- Got some really good instruction from Indy Car driver James Davison, previous to this video
- No more excuses

Video - I'm no pro, which I'll prove at the beginning of my out lap, nearly going off at Oak Tree and at the end with an over agressive entry on to the front straight that didn't stick. Ultimately ran several 2:08's but cracked off 2 laps at 2:07 in the attached video, one of which would've been a 2:06 had it not been for an indecisive M5 Dinan driver. Good news is there's 2 seconds easy left to improve. Yes I know I'm not pushing the car anywhere near the limits in a couple of sections, but this was my personal limit on this day. Not sure I'll see Poorsha-like times, but 2:04's are in my future.


On another note. Thanks to Brian @ Monaco for another great digital rendering. Crazy accurate down to the body colored Z emblems and Jake Racing decals.


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Awesome work. Man, I would love that empty of a track!! Nice job for your first time in the car!
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Doubt I値l ever see that again......well maybe I値l be lucky enough to get an invite again next year. Great guys and very good pro-SCCA drivers. James set fast lap at 1:43 in a SCCA FA car. Only 200hp but awesome G machine.

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OK....I've been away from the forum for a while so, knowing you, I am sure I missed some spirited discussion. So....what happened to the Callaway? Is there a link to another thread or threads on that situation?
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Nice driving. Just be a little more aggressive in a few turns and some braking zones you will definitely shave a few seconds off of your time.
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OK....I've been away from the forum for a while so, knowing you, I am sure I missed some spirited discussion. So....what happened to the Callaway? Is there a link to another thread or threads on that situation?
The Callaway was a 2016 and I like to trade every 3 years. Most times every 2 years. In fact my last cars were:

2010 CTS-V
2013 ZL1
2012 CTS-V
2016 Z06
2019 Z06

I don稚 think I need the additional 100hp for what I知 doing. I was definitely slower in the straightaways with the new one versus the Callaway, but same in the corners. I知 53 and 757 hp is probably more than my reflexes can handle. My wife agrees. LOL

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Nice driving. Just be a little more aggressive in a few turns and some braking zones you will definitely shave a few seconds off of your time.
I know I知 leaving a lot on the table through the uphill esses and using way too much break on 10. But this is what I felt comfortable with in a new Z and after 9 months off.

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I知 53 and 757 hp is probably more than my reflexes can handle. My wife agrees. LOL
Bite your tongue. I am 56 and my reflexes are every bit as quick as when I was 25. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.

My wife does not agree. :-(
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I should've also added that the coolant reservoir was perfect from the factory. No air bubbles whatsoever. After checking the entire exterior on delivery, it's the next thing I checked.
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Great experience...thanks for sharing.
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