Also, inflate your tires to their maximum PSI and when you get there, ask people with similar sized/weight cars what their running front and rear; then let out as much air as you need . Of course the problem is, you want to take those pressures when the tires are cold so see stealthx32 FIRST bullet point.
Typically, for our cars, the fronts should have a higher psi than the rear. For example, on the high-performance tires I had once, it was 44 front, 40 rear. Keep in mind, I was running a stiff rear sway bar so I was trying to "balance" the car a bit more (read fine tune).
IF possible, after getting there early and registration is done, try to HELP setup the track; this gives you more time to walk the track before everyone else walks the track. I even got to ride shotgun on a track because everyone felt the course was "too fast" (trying for max. of 40mph) so I sat along with my helmet on and let this guy in a Jetta do his hot-lap; we hit 50-55mph on the stretch in question so we modified it to cut the speed. But it gave me a REAL good idea of how the track would be during a test drive.
Regardless, I found that if you bring a notebook (and you may see other do this too), and draw the track as you walk it, making note of the hairpins, sweepers, S's. During the wait, go over how you'll drive your line through the course. Some verterans may even help you out and explain how you "should" take the turn or how to setup out of one turn and into the next.
No matter what, we never do well on our very first AutoX as there are so many factors that vary from day-to-day, track-to-track, but the fun is going over and over again, gaining new knowledge and experience.
The tips these guys pretty much covered everything. Just don't go out there like you have something to prove. The first time is a learning experience and you should be out there to have fun!!! Good luck!!!
And try to get instructor ride-alongs -- i.e., after your first set of passes with an instructor, ask if you can ride along in his/her car while they run the course. I think I shaved off something like 4 seconds on my subsequent runs after I did this the first time. :weirdo:
Arrive early....there is a decent amount of prep when you get there. You have to get your car ready for tech inspection, get registered if you havne't already, rent a helmet if you don't have yoru own, pay your fee, and you have to wait behind everyone else if you get there late. Walk the course at a minimum of 3 times. First run...run at 90% to get a feel for the course and to make sure you dont' get lost. Visualize where you can be faster and where you can use a better line. Look ahead. The car follows your head. And most importantly, have fun.
I will be going to the Turner Field event this weekend in Atl. I hope to have the fastest BS time on street tires. I achieved this goal at my last autox.....beat the next closest street tire competitor by 1.2secs 8)