At the end of the day, it all depends on the drivetrain.
A vast majority of you are likely aware of the basic rules that dictate how to maximize your performance on track. If not, here are some tried and tested adages for you: Slow in, fast out, smooth and steady inputs, start off slowly and increase your pace gradually from there, keep your hands on the wheel at the quarter-to-three position and so on. What's perhaps easier for some to overlook, though, is knowing how to use the drivetrain of the car in question to bring down those lap times.
Luckily the folks at Motor Trend are here to help. The newest episode of "The Racing Line" briefly details the ideal ways in which to track a FWD, AWD or RWD car. For those of you looking for quick initial tips this is a good little clip that gives a base understanding of what you'll have to employ out on the track.