This article is a short part 1 on drag strip racing, geared towards those of you who have never visited a track before.

You may be kind of nervous about how you start,  how you do a burnout, the Christmas tree, and all that racing jargon. First of all, we don’t condone street racing in any way, shape, or form. If you do feel a need to get your speed out then usually a closed course or drag strip is the safest place, but even though it’s the safest, drag racing is still dangerous.

Today we’re going to look at some of the basics of drag racing. We’re also going to look at staging, which is how you line up your vehicle prior to the race. One of the basics of that we’ll look at the burnout box, which is basically where you prepare your tires for the race. It’s also important to remember to launch your car ON the green light, and not when the light is already green. Basically if you see a green light you are leaving too late.

The first part of a drag race is the staging lanes, this is where your car is lined up and ready to race. At this point you should have all the safety equipment that the track says you need, and your car should be ready to go.

You can make final adjustments like take air pressure out of your tires for better traction and things like that at this point in time.

I am NOT going to go over all the stuff that you need to do before this. I will say that if you’re just interested in drag racing and you go up for a street night to your local track you will have to pay for a tech inspection. Generally as long as your car is registered and inspected you will generally be able to pass the tech inspection.

In my next article “Part 2” we will be covering staging onward, meaning the launch, keeping yourself in your lane, and slowing yourself down at the end of the race.


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