Can you provide a list of settings and parameters I should check before taking it out on the road?
Frankly, it should be everything. You need to go through all the ECU parameters and make sure they are correct and relevant. Vi-PEC's software help is very thorough for this. You should make sure every single input reads properly and test every output.
Can you also provide a simple outline of how I should approach the tuning process as well?
In simple terms, once you verify everything reads perfectly and all the outputs run, you want to adjust the base fuel table so that the car runs at about 12:1. Set the ignition table to a flat 20 degrees. Then you start doing partial throttle pulls and progressively run through the throttle and RPM ranges until you have the map roughed out. Fill out sections you can't reach by extrapolation and interpolation.
Use a good knock monitor and if you ever hear det stop and reduce ignition timing. Once you are at a pretty consistant 12:1, you can add timing and reduce fuel to find max torque while watching out for det. Then you can try a variety of injection timing numbers for best torque, and then do constant speed throttle blips to determine accel and decel fuel settings. You may also monitor map and decide to have a correction or blend strategy.
This is a simplified outline; it's a process that takes time and experience to master. There's a good book by Jeff Hartman on the subject; I might suggest starting there. The base cold start functions etc in Vi-Pec are pretty good. I would leave them and tune the car warm first.