Planning to head to the drag strip for the first time? That’s great! Generally, drivers tend to have quite a bit of anxiety and questions before their first race and that’s totally normal. Whether you have spent months modifying your own muscle car or you have just bought the new street legal and drag-ready Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, there are a couple things you should know before your first race.
Tips for Drag Strip
- Safety first – It is important to know all the safety rules including helmet requirements, roll bar requirements and roll cage requirements because each track is different. Also, be sure your vehicle has no recalls and has updated safety technology.
- Tire pressure and gas – Always have a full tank of gas when you hit the strip. When it comes to tire pressure, you want to invest in a gauge. They are really affordable and needed for track prep. When it comes to what pressure to use, running with as much air in your rear tires as possible is best. The air allows for less rolling resistance and keeps the car at a high speed.
- Plan B – Always have a plan B! A vehicle with little wear and tear should be able to do just fine on the strip. However accidents happen, and sometimes things go wrong. Have a backup plan! If the drag car is also a daily driver, have a plan to get the car and yourself home.
- Drop the weight – The lighter the car, the faster it goes! There should never be any cargo or extra weight in the vehicle. Serious drag racers get rid of the radio, rear seats and anything else that add unnecessary weight to the vehicle. Most tracks have pre-race inspections and will require that your trunk be empty and any loose items inside the car be removed.