So I finally raced a buddy of mine who has a 97 Maxima, 3.0l, and 220hp, 190ft torque, and off the line he was a car length ahead of me. I know the first run we did he was quite ahead due to my slow reaction time to him guiding when to start. Something I noticed is that he goes, he flies off the line, I'm able to keep up on his rear bumper until around 70-80 km then he pulls away. We stopped around that speed. My CS is auto, 3100, with around 196k km, and bone stock. His Max has like 102k km.
One thing to note is that he was on winter tires and I'm still on all seasons, his would squeal a lot and move, while I span a little. Here in Canada its about 2-3 degrees celsius at night. Could the tires have a big impact? Could launching the car help, as in giving enough throttle to get off the line at 3k rpm then WOT once the car is going to minimize wheelspin? I was giving it WOT off the bat. I know I'm not going to win, but just need some ideas on how to improve launches or not!