I searched all over google last year, and never found much in the way of anyone Auto crossing or track racing a Ranger. Was trying really hard to get an idea of what to expect. Well I didnt find much, and I had to learn it all as I went...
I spent this past winter running Winter X at Miller Motorsports Park. Had an absolute blast, and I'd be doing it this winter if the track wasnt in the middle of a sale.
Things I learned:
1. Yank the traction control fuse. This saved me on average of 30 second per lap.
2. With the fuse out, you lose your ignition switch. Start the truck, then Yank the fuse.
3. With the fuse out, you lose your charging system. Put the fuse back in and let the truck run between laps.
4. Cooper Discoverer HTP tires are awesome. Great grip on wet and dry pavement, and look great with RWL.
This was never a serious event for almost everyone running. Just a chance to go play on the racetrack in the winter when its usually closed. The gag was we expected a lot of snow, and I figured what the hell, I'll go play in 4wd. Turns out we had a dry winter and except for one day when a freezing rain came through, it was dry all winter. Still had a blast, got my first real taste of racing a track, and really can't wait to do it again.
I eventually plan on racing my car out there, but as a vintage convertible with no shoulder belt, its a lot of fabrication away from that day. Untill then my racecar is 4x4 and as close to the ground as your average Porche's headlights.
Here's some pics and video for those interested.