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Greg Gaub
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No squeezes of any kind. That's about it.
The other important stuff:
1) Pacers should be stuck down magnet cars (silicone or other good tires, too)
2) YOUR cars should be slower, less/no magnets, lesser tires
3) set one pacer in each lane, with no lane change, OR 1 pacer with lane changing.
You could set multiple cars per lane with no changing, but each lane will just build up a train of pacers. If you allow lane changing with more than one pace car, you'll be lucky to get a few laps before they crash into each other.
Then, set your best lap with the car you're driving, and set the pacer to get just a little faster lap than yours.
 

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Greg Gaub
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Above all else, the track should be fun for you to drive, even just one car. To that end, here are my personal suggestions that seem to help keep interest in a layout high over a long period of time. Fortunately, with sectional track, you can always change it later.

1) get the LONGEST straight you can possibly fit, regardless of the shape of your area. Only one per lap, as you'll be doing MANY laps. Having a track that is ALL technical will lead you to long for opportunities to open it up and "see what she can do". Similarly, tracks with many long straights get boring with a lot of full-on/full-off driving.
2) fill the remaining space with a VARIETY of turn types: wide sweeping turn; hairpin; increasing radius; decreasing radius; parabolic... look for the "show me your curves" thread for a lot of great ideas shared by several members for inspiration.
3) Depending on your preferred type of racing and DIY skills, try to get the pit lane in there, and maybe a couple racing line CLCs. The pit lane usually fits best along side your long straight, but can also be nested inside a turn or two, or other clever ideas.

Once you get a good layout for your space, you can worry about what combination of pace cars works best on your track.

If you have some layout ideas, please feel free to post them up. We'd love to see them. Or, if you're stumped and need some suggestions, let us know what size/shape your table/room is and we can offer some ideas.
 
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