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WE KNOW – DRAG RACING…INJURIES

Rules and Description

Drag racing is perhaps the fastest, loudest and most spectacular motorsport of all, pitting two cars and drivers against each other to see which can cover a quarter of a mile from a standing start in the quickest time.

Drag racing consists of two cars (or motorcycles) who line up side-by-side on an arrow or straight strip of track or asphalt. When the lights go out they accelerate away to the finish a quarter of a mile away. Most cars are rear-engined and have very large rear slick tyres to give greater contact with the track surface. Some use parachutes at the end of a run to assist with the braking as drag cars can reach speeds of over 330mph/530kph; the races are quickly over with times of less than five seconds being the norm.

In standard competition, the winner of each race progresses through a series of knockout rounds to the final.

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