Brunout and staging RPM and Temps

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    Todd Shaul

    I bought my son an 11.90 Jr. with a McGee motor.  He will age out of it really quickly, but he has a brother that will jump right into it.  I didn’t want to throw him into too fast of a car too soon and scare him away from the sport.  I have a couple of questions.

    First, he is 11, are there going to be any issues with him racing kids his age with a car that is so much slower?  I know it is bracket racing, and that doesn’t really matter, just want to make sure there aren’t any minimum speed requirements by age.

    My bigger question though is setting the RPMs for the burnout and staging.  The guy I bought it from told me some numbers, but I can’t seem to find where I put them.  What would be the optimal RPM settings for burnout and staging, and is there an optimal temperature to get to during the burnout, and a point that is too high?

    I have searched the internet far and wide and can’t seem to find any RPM or temp information for juniors.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance.

    Robert Hamilton

    So what seems to work for us when we get to the track we warm up the engine, normally around 4K RPM try to get the engine temp to around 150, normally takes a “tank” of gas.

    When they do a burn out I have it around 38-40. Then adjust afterwards to get it around the same numbers again. You will need to play with it. Last year we found that the clutch would start to grab around 43-44. If you want them to have a faster reaction time get them closer to the clutch grabbing. if they are red lighting then slow them down 100.

    Just have fun with it, its a big learning curve. We play with one thing at a time. one test and tune play with tire pressure and see how it effects the car, don’t forget the front will effect it also.  We are starting our second full season with a new car so its back to basics for us too. Just ask questions and the parents will fill your head with all the information that you want i bet.

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