Baseline setup is the basic static setup numbers that you use to get the car
ready to race. These numbers will get you to the track and make you run
reasonably well, with only a few small changes. The baseline setup can be
adjusted in the shop for weather, track conditions, or other factors. The goal
of baseline setup is to put it all together before going to the track,
minimizing changes at the track.
Baseline is also used as a “home base” when making adjustments. If you are
trying to dial in the car but are having little success, you may consider
returning to the baseline setup and starting the adjustment process over. Of
course, accurate records are extremely important. Recording your baseline, then
recording changes and their effects will help you make the right decisions next
When setting your baseline, the car should be race-ready. The fluids, driver and
all weights must be in race trim. The driver should actually be in the car, with
the weights set. Your weight biases should be close, and all ballast set up in
the car. After you have scaled the car and set up the weights, you are ready to
begin setting the baseline.
Your baseline setup will include ride height settings, weight settings, front
end and rear end settings, springs, shocks and tires, and weight bias settings.
Remember to keep accurate records!
Mike Loescher is the owner
and chief instructor at FinishLine Racing School in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Mike holds Chassis Seminars throughout the year - all around the USA & Canada.
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