The technical issues determined for further investigation were: what might be done to reduce engine failures; parachute mounting techniques and materials, as well as identifying a parachute material that could be more fire resistant; exploring whether there is a way to increase brake efficiency when cars lose downforce due to the loss of the body; analyzing additional methods that might be developed at the top end of the racetrack to help arrest runaway vehicles; and considering whether current speeds should be further limited or reduced to potentially improve safety.
Top Fuel, Funny Car race to 1,000 feet accident F ollowing the tragicofworld that took the life two- time NHRA Top Fuel that, as an interim measure and in collabora- tion with Professional the honor of lighting the scoreboards with the first 300-mph run at 302 mph. Six-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion Tony champion Scott Kalitta during race teams, beginning at Schumacher and legendary tuner Alan Johnson qualifying in Englishtown, the Mopar Mile-High dominated at 1,000 feet throughout the season, NHRA launched an NHRA Nationals in and although national records were temporarily investigation and identified Denver, both the Top suspended, Schumacher’s 3.77 at the Virginia several areas to analyze and Fuel and Funny Car NHRA Nationals in Richmond and 318 mph at the determine whether changes classes would race to ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals were the should be made to build upon 1,000 feet instead of the quickest and fastest laps of the class. Robert the sport’s long-standing traditional quarter-mile. Hight laid down the quickest Funny Car e.t. with a safety record given the Through the end of 4.00 in Richmond, and Ashley Force clocked the inherent risks and ever- the year, 1,000-foot racing fastest run of the year, 310 mph, at the ACDelco present dangers associated with the sport. continued, and despite the shortened track, fans still Las Vegas NHRA Nationals. The technical issues determined for further enjoyed the sights, sounds, and thrill The 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag investigation were: what might be done to reduce of nitro racing that they’d come to Racing Series season will begin with the engine failures; parachute mounting techniques and expect at NHRA national events. nitro categories continuing to race to materials, as well as identifying a parachute material At the conclusion of the first day 1,000 feet while NHRA tests various that could be more fire resistant; exploring whether of qualifyi
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