How to Drag Race Your
Drag racing a term this is not
familiar to many Lexus owners. However, Lexus owners tend to
talk about a lot. What is really drag race? I would
like to explore this topic a little. Drag race is the
easiest, because its a straight line run. However, it still
requires lots of practice. Normally a drag stripe is 1/4
mile long, but some local tracks are 1/8 mile. I personally
prefer 1/4 mile especially for high rev and turbo cars.
Big block engines and four wheel drive benefit much from the
shorter track. One thing nice about street legal drag is
that you can take any type of cars, trucks, SUV and motorcycle.
Find yourself a track by asking around or do a internet search in
your local area. Beside the techniques involved in drag
racing, but there is a huge component in
reaction time and movement time.
This is a typical situation in most of the drag
stripe. There normally a entrance fee ($20) to race all day
long. Before the track
you to drive at 80-120 mph at the terminal speed, they would need
to inspect your car to be safe on the track. So there will
be a Tech Inspection before anyone are allow to race. The
tech inspection is a safety inspection. As your car go
faster, the safety requirement will be more strict.
Normally, there will be different class of race. For
example, all domestics or imports. Depending where you go,
there will be a nice crow waiting in line to race.
Here are some terminology and definitions adopted
The electronic starting device positioned between the lanes
just ahead of the starting line.
Pre Stage: When your tires break this light beam, it's
a signal that you are very close to the starting line.
Stage: Your front tires have reached the starting line.
NOTE: The race typically will not be started until both
drivers are staged. However, there is only a short grace
period for staging. If you fail to stage in time, you will be
disqualified (red light).
Countdown lights: Once the starter triggers the tree,
these flash down at .500 second intervals with the green
coming on .500 seconds after the last yellow.
Green: Get on it!
Red: Disqualified or foul
give time and speed are various intervals on the track. Your
60' time is generally an indication of how well your car
"hooks" - how much traction it has.
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specific class defined by elapsed time or required equipment.
Example: Electronics, Street Money
faster than your dial-in (you "dial" a 10.00, but run a 9.99)
Spinning the tires to clean them and to heat the rubber for
better traction. Drag slicks work best at an elevated
temperature. NOTE: Street tires DO NOT require a
burnout. Typically, they will actually perform worse if
heated. However, you are free to burn 'em down if you like. If
you do not wish to make a burnout, you may drive around the
first racer to light the pre-stage bulb must wait for their
competitor to light the other pre-stage bulb. The first racer
may then perform their final staging maneuver.
that the driver or crew chief thinks that the car will run. It
is posted on the front and passenger side windows.
both competitors run under their dial-in. The one that runs
closest to their dial-in is declared the winner.
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actual race. Competitors are paired up by two's, tournament
style, with only half coming back for the next round.
time. The time from when the front tires leave the starting
line beam until the front tires break the finish line beam.
Reported to the thousandth of a second.
cars racing with no handicap start. The classic drag race.
better reaction time. The "hole" is the starting line.
three yellow lights flash on all at the same time and the
green lights .400 seconds after.
time between the driver's reaction to the last yellow of the
tree and the time the front tires leave the staging beam. It
can also be thought of as how close you came to leaving on the
green light. It is printed on the ET slip. An example: .531
(.500 is a perfect light on a sportsman tree, .400 on a Pro
What this really means is that your front tire(s) left the
stage beam .031 seconds after the green light came on. Almost
all tracks add in the .500 between the last yellow and the
green. The reaction time is also a combination of the driver's
reactions to the lights and the car's reaction to the driver's
or Foul Start
light is triggered by leaving before the green. It can also
signal a foul or disqualification, like failing to stage in
the required time or breaking something.
speed at the finish is calculated by measuring the time
between when you break the speed beam and the finish line
beam. The speed trap is 66' wide.
bracket race tree where the 3 yellow lights flash at .500
second intervals and the green lights .500 seconds after the
marked off behind the burnout box area where the competitors
are paired up for the race.
certain number of runs granted to each competitor giving each
a chance to get their car ready for the race.
the finish line (Usage: "I had 'em on a hole shot, but they
caught me on the top end.")
area kept wet by track personnel to help cars with slicks
perform their burnout
As you enter the stripe, there will be a track
director and he will direct you to the lane you will be running.
Either its going to be a near lane or far lane. Once you are
in the stripe area, there will be a water box. If you
do not have slicks, then you should drive around the water box and
line your car in the same direction as the track. Do a short
burn out (if you car have enough horsepower to do it) to clean out
some small rocks and dirt. There will be another director
instructing how far you need to move up to the laser beam.
Once you put his hand up as a stop gesture, that mean your car is
in the pre-stage position (the first set of yellow, side-by-side
lights). If the other party line up as you just did, then
the second set of horizontal yellow lights comes on. Then
there will be 3 Yellow/Orange countdown lights with half second
intervals. This is a critical time. You should leave
at the second Yellow/Orange countdown light. Do not wait
until the third yellow light or do not wait for green light.
You will loose lots of time if you wait for those two lights.
However, if you leave too early then you will be disqualify.
Techniques for Lexus Cars:
Most Lexus vehicles are mated with automatic transmission.
These are techniques I use on the Lexus. I would turn off
Over Drive function. In older Lexus with 4 speed with
overdrive off mean 3rd gear. Once I am in the pre-stage
area, I would have my left foot on the brake while my right foot
will press the gas pedal until I see 3,000 rpm. While
pressing both pedals and wait for the countdown lights.
Simultaneously release the brake and press the gas pedal once the
you see the second countdown light. Once you gun your gas
pedal and you see about 6,300 rpm and switch the overdrive off.
Basically you are shifting from 3rd gear to 4th gear.
Good luck and enjoy yourself.