First question is, when is this race? What kind of Monte Carlo? A newer one that is a SS w/ the 3.8L or a regular w/ the 3.4L. Either way the Monte Carlo'* are slower with the 3.4L and not as quick with the SS since they have so many options in the car.
Lauchhing helps, hold on to your brake and bring your tach up to ~2k rpm, our torque converter is not too shabby stock, that way you can get a jump on him/her. But be careful because your wheels could hop and your done for.
Reducing backpressure will result in better up top but you will lose some low end but overall it will help you quite a bit. But if you cut a hole, your car will fart while you have the hole in there and if you cut it it will be open exhaust and a 3.8L open exhaust will be heard far away. (I had a wagon w/ 2L open exhaust and I set off car alarms 2 parking lot aisles over). But the Monte Carlo person might notice if you did something to the exhaust...
And yeah... the stock wheels help keep the front down but it also equals greater rotating mass so its pro/con. I think going to lighter wheels helps and for brake cooling too but that'* just me.
And the other suggestions got everything else like tires pressure, weight, etc. And race them on the fwy while you are at it...
1999 Bonneville SE
Mods: 3" Custom Catback Exhaust, Custom 3" Intake, MAF Screen Removed, Thrasher Shift Kit (highest setting
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