Pre-Lapping Checklist

Ready for some lapping? Please make sure you’ve checked the following:

  • Cars being jacked up in the paddock area must be supported by a jack stand.
  • Tires: In good condition, with even wear, adequate tread depth with no delaminating chunks, flat spots, cords, or “plug repair” to punctures.
  • Wheel bearings: in good condition (no mechanical wobble in wheels).
  • Lug nuts: Verify they are tight.
  • Brake pedal: Firm when pumped a couple of times.
  • Brake lines: In good condition (not cracked or ballooned).
  • Brake pads: Enough pad left for the upcoming day, at least 50%.
  • Brake lights: Working.
  • Engine hoses and belts: In good condition.
  • Throttle return springs: In good condition.
  • Fluid levels: Adequate (coolant, oil, transmission, differential, etc.).
  • Fluid caps: On tight.
  • No fluid leaks
  • Nothing loose on the car’s body.
  • Battery tie down: Tight.
  • Absolutely every loose item in the car taken out. Check floor, dash, under seats, and in the trunk. If it’s not bolted down, take it out.
  • Trunk: Empty of nonessential items.
  • Spare tire, jack, and tools: Fastened down.
  • Wheel pop-out caps or inserts: Take them off.
  • Tire pressure: Be sure to set the cold tire pressures before you drive the car. Generally, you’ll want to set them at least 1-3 PSI above
    your normal street pressures.
  • Fuel tank: Full.
  • Seat belts must be present and functional for both driver and passenger seats.
  • Soft top cars must have roll-bar or pop-up roll-over hoop.