When we’re not working, you can usually find us at a nearby drag
strip racing our NHRA Super Pro Chevy Beretta. This
is a tube chassis car that weighs 2150 pounds and turns the
quarter mile in 8.90 seconds at 150 miles per
hour. The car is equipped with wheelie bars and a parachute
to help stop after those 150 mile per hour blasts. Steve and
his brother Rob are partners in the car and have owned it
for the last four years.
is towed to the staging area by the golf cart to prevent the
motor from overheating. After the race, the golf cart then
heads down to the end of the racetrack to tow the car back
to the pits.
Inside the trailer is a complete weather station and
computer system for up to the minute weather information.
The current weather information is very critical in
predicting what breakout time you will dial in for your next
round of eliminations. This information is transmitted from
our trailer weather station to a pager in the golf cart
while we are in the staging lanes waiting to race. We will
wait till the very last minute to get the latest weather
info so the computer can predict what ET the car will run.
While waiting in
the staging lanes, the rear slicks are kept covered in order to
keep the sun off the tires. These jumbo size slicks are very
sensitive to temperature changes, which affect the proper
inflation of the tires.