Seeking advice; first HPDE


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Jun 30, 2011
Fort Worth, TX
2014 Jetta TDI
The motorsports side of the forum seems a little dead; thought I'd try to liven it up a bit. ;) I have my first track day on August 5th - six 15-minute stints - at Motorsport Ranch in Cresson, Texas.

I'm curious about anything in particular I should watch for or keep an eye on. EGT's, anything DPF related, IAT's, etc. The lack of an oil temp gauge is a little upsetting, but I'm sure it'll be fine. I have a VCDS, so I can check things (although I am new to it, so still learning). I'm in Texas, so ambient is undoubtedly going to be mid to high 90's; potentially even triple digits.

As far as tire pressure goes, from the reading I've done, it appears that I should try to keep hot pressures below 40 psi? Check before and after each stint and keep track of the changes?

I've autocrossed the car a handful of times and have a half dozen laps on a track in a Ferrari 458, so I'm no stranger to throwing a car through some corners, just curious about anything specific to watch for on the TDI's.

The car is a 2014 Jetta TDI with 47,000 miles and these modifications:
  • KermaTDI Tune
  • KermaTDI Intake
  • ECS V4 Rotors
  • Hawk HPS 5.0 Pads
  • Tyrolsport Brake Caliper Stiffening Kit
  • ATE Type 200 Brake Fluid
  • Euro Short Shift Linkage w/ Solid Cable & Mounting Bracket Bushings
  • BFI Weighted Shift Knob
  • Koni Coilovers
  • ECS End Links
  • 17x8 RPF-1's
  • 225/45R17 Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3's
  • Corner Balance & Alignment by Texas Track Works
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