I used most all of it for my first HPDE last weekend at Daytona.
After the Friday sessions I decided I needed a checklist to remind me what to do to get the car ready just before taking the track. I've got a C6 Z06 with all the options, and some of that fancy stuff can mess you up if you shut the car down on the grid/staging lane.
On my first solo session Friday afternoon I got the car all set in the paddock and pulled out onto the pit lane where we staged. The car was all warmed up and ready to go, but we still had 7 or 8 minutes until the track was clear and my group would be going out, so I shut off the engine and opened the door to try and keep cool (it was almost 80 degrees), took off my gloves, and released my seat belt to swing my feet out for a couple minutes. When I did that the car goes to my memory "exit" settings (seat goes back and down, steering wheel moves in, etc.).
When the previous group was pitting after their cool down lap I started the car up. This being my first HPDE I was mostly thinking about the track, and when I pushed in the clutch I could tell my seat and the steering wheel weren't quite right. I quickly pushed the memory button to go to my preset stuff, but in addition to seats and mirrors, that also sets the HUD, radio, air conditioning, etc. to my street driving setup I had programmed, and it resets AH/TC to full on. I was scrambling to get set just before pulling out onto the track.
The same thing happened for a couple other sessions, but with my checklist I knew I was ready to hit the track and wouldn't be distracted by something I forgot to set up properly.
Beginning Track Session
• Brief Passenger/Instructor on egress
• Memory Button – #1
• DRL’s – OFF
• HUD – Track Mode
• AH – Off or Comp Mode
• NPP Valves – Open
• Radio/Nav – OFF
• Air Cond – OFF
• Doors – UNLOCKED
• Traqmate - ON
• Video Camera – ON
• Seat Belt – Ratchet tight
Don't assume an instructor or passenger will know how to get out of a C6 by pushing the button, or especially if power is lost, that they will need to pull the mechanical door release down on the floor.
Hitting the memory button gets the seat/mirrors/steering wheel where I want them. But it calls up my memorized street HUD mode, so I need to select the track mode I want.
I started out with full AH on, but during the first few sessions I could see the DIC flashing that it was active a couple of places on the track where I didn't want it. I went with Comp mode after that - it still came on when up on the high banked wall at about 140 or 145 (it's kinda bumpy up there!
), but I figured it was doing something for me that I wasn't aware of at my low experience level.
I've got a Mild-to-Wild wireless controller for my exhaust butterflies, and just opened them up before taking the track. They'll open above 3,000 rpm in Comp mode anyway (so probably would have been open the whole time on the track anyway), but I just opened them so they wouldn't be cycling.
I've just got the regular OE seat belts, but if you pull them all the way out they will go into a "ratchet" mode. That way I could pull it real tight and it helped keep me fastened to the seat a little better.
I decided I wanted to run with the DRL's off, so I turned them off manually.