Why did NHRA change to 1000 feet?

Why did NHRA change to 1000 feet?

NHRA cuts race distance to 1000 feet: Move made to enhance safety after Kalitta’s death. The NHRA has cut the race distance for its Top Fuel and Funny Car classes to 1000 feet–320 feet short of a quarter-mile–as a safety measure in the wake of the death of racer Scott Kalitta nearly two weeks ago.

Who holds the record for fastest Funny Car?

Del Worsham is the new king of the funny car category, having set a new record in his Toyota Camry-lookalike dragster. Del smashed the record three times in a row at Funny Car Chaos at Texas Motorplex before settling for a 3.19-second benchmark. Funny cars may look funny, but they mean business.

Do drag racers run 1 4 mile?

Traditionally, a drag strip is 1,320 feet, which equals a quarter-mile. (One mile equals 5,280 feet.) Many classes in NHRA drag racing—actually, all but the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes—still compete on a quarter-mile course.

What year did NHRA shorten the track?

July 2, 2008 at 3:32 p.m. Less than two weeks after driver Scott Kalitta died in a fiery crash during a race at Englishtown, N.J., the NHRA on Wednesday said it would shorten its track for top fuel and funny car classes to 1,000 feet from the traditional quarter-mile distance of 1,320 feet.

Is a Tesla faster than a Formula 1 car?

In the standing quarter-mile race, the Tesla managed to start well off the line and kept the lead for a fair bit. But, once the F1 car’s wheels stopped spinning and it got traction, there was no stopping it. It completed the quarter-mile run in 9.6 seconds, which was 1.2 seconds quicker than the Tesla Model S.

How fast are the Street Outlaw cars in the quarter-mile?

So how fast are the cars in ‘Street Outlaws’? All of that money gets the cars up to breakneck speeds of around 185 miles per hour in the quarter mile, a speed that only takes them seven and a half seconds to attain.