Well, this thread perfectly illustrates the reasoning behind American DRAGCAR and why it should be given the support it needs to get launched on a national basis by racers wishing for something fresh in drag racing, real drag racing.
Bracket racing is fun and it does take talent. Super category racing is fun and it does take talent. But neither one of these venues are truly drag "racing". I liken them to high speed chess games. "What do I dial if I'm running a slower car?" "What do I dial if I'm running a faster car?" "Should I take the stripe or should I take my opponent to the traps and then dump him for the break-out?"
DRAGCAR will bring Racing back to Drag Racing.
"Cut the best light you can and get to the finish line first!" is the only racing strategy needed to run DRAGCAR.
And once it catches on to the point that racers will want to build cars for and compete in DRAGCAR venues, the fun of class racing will again become a part of drag racing's landscape here in this new age.
Check out USDRAGCAR.com and imagine a drag race with no 2 second throttle delays off of the line or racers dipping the front ends trying to NOT take the stripe first, or going home from a loss because you lifted just a little too much and the other car got there first without breaking out.
How many times have you had to try to explain to a spectator the reason behind a car that just "won" being disqualified for going too fast, IN A RACE? Isn't the whole premise of racing to go as fast as you can???
The first argument I will hear is that class racing is too expensive, but that is truly not the case in DRAGCAR. DRAGCAR's indexing system has taken the "more money wins" aspect out of the game and any well combined bracket set up can be just as competitive as a well combined and funded PRO set -up.
Here is an example, an NHRA Pro Stocker would index at 7.30, and where is the record, 6.60??? That's the record! Normally these cars are running in the 6.70-6.80 range which is 5 to 6 tenths of a second under the DRAGCAR index.
My own garage built '65 Mustang S/ST car with a poor mans budget 351W ran .480 under the DRAGCAR index for this set-up in it's first and only time to the track at this point. (@ an actual 1200' above sea level with a corrected altituted of closer to 3000')
Check it out! I bet if you gave it a shot, you would enjoy it. Most of you anyway.
It's unbelievably simple in premise but a bit of complicated formula to establish the indexes and it really does show promise. Up to this point, no car that has been known to be truly running the combination in which they were indexed by has been witnessed to run more than 6 tenths under the established index.
DRAGCAR can fly! And when it gets large enough to be an alternative to the other hot rod associations for tracks to consider, then may come the ability to actually establish more realistic rules regarding seat belts and bell housings, for example.
I was born to a drag racer, and I love drag racing! I live for it! And I will likely put up with all of the crap that they will throw at us just so I can make one more pass, but I would much rather do something to make the sport better for the sportsman racers like myself, than to continually do the same huffin' and puffin' every time something brings me back onto the subject, which is nearly every week.
Let the XHRA's keep the PRO fields, as thay have spent many years working that stuff all out, but lets put the sportsman back on the map in the drag racing world with American DRAGCAR. Imagine sportsman drag racing events being televised for those of us who are interested. And there are obviously a great many who are as is evident by the popularity of the Pinks and Pass Time tv shows. The reasons behind those shows falling off the list is merely because only racers were watching them, and many racers got bored with them. Imagine a real racing show for racers to watch.
I have been working on this DRAGCAR idea for over 15 years and the idea has been nearly scrapped on numerous occasions due to the negative sceptisism typically encountered by bracket and "Super" racers who really have never experienced class racing due to the tremendous expense of even trying it in the other venues. But the periodic brush with a racer who expresses similar desires as myself, like many in this thread, is what has kept this idea percolating and finally coming to life this year, as an American DRAGCAR (FREE ENTRY) race has been scheduled to audition this new venue in Phoenix, Arizona and put this new system to the test.
Now then, Who Wants To Race?