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Big Tex throws hat into drag racing
Concentration is another trait that drag racers need to possess.
"This is a life's dream come true and I have wanted to race I this particular class since I was a kid," Fair said. "I have seven crew members and it takes a all of them to be able to prepare and maintain the car. I am lucky to have so many good crew members help me out. My family also loves drag racing and supports me greatly."
Fair's drag racer is able to dash the quarter mile track.
"The most impressive thing for me is that my car can go from zero to eighth mile (half the track) in 3.43 seconds at 225 miles per hour," Fair said. "So most of the car's acceleration is happening during the first part of the track. To give you a reference, a new Corvette cannot run that fast from zero to 60, while I am going from zero to 225."
"There are two different types of cars that race in our class," Fair said. "One is a super charged alcohol dragster and the other is an injected nitro methane dragster, which is what we have. To make both cars equal they will change things like total weight of the car, motor size super charger overdrive and Adidas Originals Black And White Womens
our first try and brought us a lot of respect," Fair said. "This year we are just focusing on national events, so we will be pitted against everyone from the United States and there are well over 100 cars I our particular class. So far this season we are ranked number 42 in the nation, so we are doing extremely well for this being our second season."
"Last year we competed mostly in divisional races which were located in the seven Adidas Los Angeles Colorways
In 2011, the car finished third in Division 4 of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series during its first full year of competition. The car and its driver, Forrest Fair, are currently sitting at 42nd in the nation for the national point standings so far this year.
The next race will be held at Tulsa Raceway Park in Oklahoma on June 22 24.
"People need to realize that drag racers need to focus intensely, or else something bad could happen and they may not react fast enough to it," Fair said. "Racing makes competitors extremely excited and nervous, but it is important Adidas Los Angeles Continental to understand the difference between excited and anxious, versus being scared. If you are scared, then you do not need to be out there."
"Racers first have to qualify to get into races, three chances," Fair said. "Out of the qualifiers the best eight or 16 racers, depending on the size of the event, get to race during the eliminations. We race in what is called the top alcohol dragster class which is the very top of the sportsman ranks, one more step and you go professional. Actually, a lot of professionals race in our class first before they step into the pro ranks."
"I got interested in drag racing when I was about 12 years old, I am 61 now," Fair said. "I went to a local race and became impressed with the cars and my love for the sports simply evolved from there. So this is a very long time dream for me."
Fair's team did very well during its inaugural campaign, he said.
Fair explained the different types of drag racing vehicles.
The drag racing season begins in late February and ends in November. There is not a lot of racing during the summer and many of the events are held up north while Fair's team tries to stay in the southern part of the United States.
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Fair and his team are part of the National Hot Rod Association which is the premiere drag racing organization. NHRA racers compete by racing on quarter mile tracks which are timed from a standing start.
But when it comes right down to it, it is pure and simple passion that fuels Fair's gusto for drag racing.
"It is something obviously that you have to work yourself up to," Fair said. "I honestly think a lot of people could do this but it would a long road for them to teach themselves the mental aspect. It really I more mental than it is physical. There is a very rigorous licensing process that you have to go through or the powers that be will not even allow you to get on the track, like doctors doing EKG's ad forms you have to fill you. You also have to make a minimum of six runs which are scrutinized by other drivers and organizations to make sure you are going to be safe."
"The cars are strictly set up for acceleration, and the speed comes with it," Fair said. "In a quarter of a mile, for example, from a standing stop the elapsed time if 5.33 seconds which is tops. And it runs 270.93 miles per hour. The average is 5.5 and 250 to 260 depending on conditions of the track and weather."
Drag racers, however, are not easily allowed to compete.
Fair also explained how drag racing vehicles are able to hit their top speeds.
all sorts of different things to theoretically get both of the cars to meet at the finish line at nearly the same time."
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