First, to those that told me to change the pads. A huge thanks. Props for all of you.
For the lazy people: TLDR; C7s are fast. My car is slow. And his todo list grew 7 sizes larger that day!
Ok! So like I said, the track night went smoothly and (mostly) without incident. Only bent metal was in one of the higher run groups (evo hit a tire wall, he drove it off the track) and there was a broken axle in one of the other groups as well.
Novice group was large, 30 cars. Everyone was very friendly though and seemed like they spent more time learning to give point bys and watch the flags than trying to go fast. The novice coach did a great job making sure everyone knew what they needed to be doing out on track, even without instructors in the cars.
The paced lap session (first time on the track for the novice group) was spent making sure everyone knew where the flagging stations and passing zones were. First open session on track, I spent my time doing my best to remember to always check the corner stations and my mirrors to give point bys. There were no issues of people passing without point bys or anything of the sort.
Second session out I played with lines and braking a bit. This was my favorite session since I ended up mostly in a big gap and little to no traffic.
Third session I got stuck in a lot of traffic, even pitted in to try to get out of it, but quickly ended up back in it again. I was being given point bys (mostly by a newer mustang and a 944) but they weren't lifting enough to let me by.
Some random thoughts on things I learned.
C7 Corvets are stupidly, unbelievably fast. Holy crap! Giving them point bys coming into Nascar T2 (the start of the biggest passing zone) was amazing. They would just roar off in to the distance as I giggled like a little school girl.
My car is stupidly, unbelievably slow. Point bys for everyone in the straights! Basically, I would come out of the devil's elbow and just hang my arm on the roof and keep way left against the wall and point eveyone by. Oh well!
The MSM on all seasons was not nearly as fast as I would have thought. I could loose him fairly quickly and he wasn't that much faster on the straights. Still had to lift to let him by in a timely fashion. Same was true for the BRZs (there were more BRZs than Miatas!).
Foamectomied seats work great. Reasonably comfortable on track and held me in place nicely. Need to do some more shaping, but I will be sticking with that, stock seat belt and airbag for a while.
Most people really, really don't know how to corner. While I will not consider myself an expert, and I am sure my lines were not that good, three years of autocross means I can at least somewhat take corners. There were only a few cars/drivers that could keep up/get away in the corner sections. I regularly ended right up behind people once off the straights.
I need to reconnect my rear sway bar on the track. Man, my car was pushy! Even after I set the front bar to it's softer position.
Trail braking is fun! you get the wiggles coming down into the corner.
I need to remember to check my gauges more often.
Nascar tracks are wide. Like, super wide.
Running the S. Drives was the correct choice for me. I had plenty of grip to not get stuck behind people too often, but not so much that I didn't lock up a front tire here and there and slide a bit and learn some things without going to fast or flat spotting anything. Will probably run the RE-71R at the next one.
So all that said, I definitely need to do this more often. But I need to do a lot of work on my car first. Engine and drive train handled it just fine and the suspension was composed and fine. The brakes though... I managed to change the front pads to the Stoptechs. But I could not get one of the rear caliper pins out. So I couldn't get the rear pads changed. The Posi-Quiets in the back are now crumbly and white... I don't think they liked it. The Stoptechs did great though. No fade or anything, even braking hard down from 100mph.
So I have at least one rear caliper to do, and something, in the last session, sprung a leak on the front right. I came back in and my rim was not only coated with dust like the others, but had fluid on it. And it wasn't water. I will be investigating that this weekend. Brakes stayed firm and everything, so I didn't even know until I came back in and looked the car over.
Top of the list is now doing a brake system overhaul. I am going to rebuild the calipers and get SS lines (TSE? 949? FM? will do more research). Also trying to find if the 1.6 and 1.8 calipers are the same or not and if it is just the brackets that are different? Can never have too much brakes I suppose.