How to Drag Race - Learn the Essentials of Drag Racing
Drag Racing 101
Learning the Basics of Drag Racing
Nothing can be compared to being a participant in a drag racing event. It is more fun than watching from the crowd. Even though it is not cheap to race at any level, yet, drag racing presents to you a racing class referred to as bracket racing. Here, any car is allowed to compete, notwithstanding the car’s performance. The most important thing is to have a car and a desire to race.
Before entering a drag race competition, try as much as possible to know the rules and how it is played. You can start by hanging out with a racer who is known to win. Volunteer to offer assistance in the pits in exchange for him to teach you the ways of racing intelligently. Experienced racers are usually thrilled when you show interest. They will be willing to help.
Learning How to Dial for Elapsed Time (E.T.) in Drag Racing
Drag racing or bracket racing is quite different from other forms of racing. Unlike others, you do not win a drag race by finishing first. Usually, bracket racing has four separate elapsed time (E.T.) categories. Namely:
Super Pro is 7.50 to 10.99 seconds
Pro is 11.00 to 11.99 seconds
Sportsman is 12.00 to 13.99 seconds
Street is 14.00 seconds and slower
All these four bracket categories offer several elapsed time, creating a leveled playing field. Your car will be handicapped depending on the E.T. of your choice. This is referred to as your dial-in. Ensure that you select the appropriate dial-in. If not, you will automatically lose once your auto runs faster than your dial-in. This can be referred to as breaking out.
Furthermore, the amount of time taken by your rear tires to clear the beams once your auto leaves the line is electronically measured by the lights shining across the starting line. This can be referred to as reaction time. The majority of tracks make us of a .500 secs interval between each yellow bulb on a three-amber Sportsman Christmas Tree.
Reaction time can then be expressed as a figure greater than .500. This is a perfect reaction time. For instance, .532 is a reasonable reaction time. Red lights come on when the reaction time is less than .500. You automatically lose by leaving too soon, creating a red light. Quicker e.t. categories like Super Gas and Super Comp make use of a Pro Tree. Here, all three amber lights will flash concurrently, at .400 second before the green light. Here, a .400 is a perfect light on a Pro Tree.
Learning the Staging Games at the Drag Race Track
Another important aspect of a drag race is staging the car to start the race. Practically every dragstrip utilize the standard Pre-Stage and Stage lights. They are placed at the Tree top and appear as two set of small yellow lights. They are tied directly to two light beams. They run across the track, making up the starting line.
The Pre-Stage lights can be found at the top of the Tree. They light up once your car starts to come close to the starting line. The Stage lights come on the moment your front tires interrupt the second starting line beam. Once both the Pre-Stage and Stage lights light up, your car is staged, notifying the dragstrip starter that you are fully set and ready to race.
Learning How in Increase Your Reaction Time
The strategic way of winning a bracket race is by pulling off a consistent and quick reaction time. You can easily win by running consistent e.t.’s. However, the best place to win the race is right at the starting line.
For instance, let’s assume that you take off with a .532 light and run a 14.22. Your opponent runs a 13.81 but took off with a .550 light. Even though your opponent’s car ran closer to his dial-in by .01-second, but he had a slower reaction time of .018. Therefore, you win the race by .008 second because your reaction time was quicker.
As earlier said, you will lose by running quicker than your dial-in. However, when both racers run quicker than their respective dial-in, a double-breakout occurs. In a situation like this, the winner will be the car closest to its original dial-in.
Learning How to Race Consistency
The key to winning a drag race event is consistency. Make a ritual out of every pass. Do exactly the same thing every time. There should be little or no difference in your burnout, reaction time, staging procedure, shift points and several other operations that get your auto down the track. You can also alter your dial-in. This will compensate for changing track conditions.
The fact that any car can win makes drag racing incredible. Slower cars are more consistent. Even if you lose initially, do not give up, you will probably get better as time goes on.