I'm a rookie, with one open track event. I tried to keep my car
up over about 3000rpms. On some turns it's nice to be able to lug it down some because you may be to busy to upshift before the next turn. I guess what I'm trying to say is, having
some low end power is very helpfull.
I have several years at Hallet but am no expert that's for sure! Art is the expert on this track, you should see him drive that Cougar! The below picture in my signature was taken at Hallet in the turn they call the "Bitch"
I rarely get below 4000 RPM during a lap and shift at 6500.
Hallet is a rough track (soft shocks needed), hard on brakes (Carbon Kevlar pads with cooling ducts) and a 3:89 or 4:11 gear is useful. A close ratio gearset in your toploader is a definite plus here.
Bring your ride to the Mid-America meet next year!