I am invited to watch a drag race by a friend yesterday… but I didn’t make it. Know Why??? I had a terrible headache! Arghhhh! So here I am… surfing the net and just looking around about car stuffs. Anyway… in my enthusiasm to watch a drag race… I manage to watch a dozens of drag race videos in my laptop…. I just hope I made it yesterday! Argghhhh… I also have research for other information about drag racing. I have included here on my post today a dozen of keywords often used in drag race… Well, I just hope the next time my friend invited me to go to a drag race… I can go with him…

Drag Race Lingo

Breakout: Used only in handicap racing, “breakout” refers to a race car running quicker than the driver has predicted. The driver who breaks out loses the race unless his or her opponent has committed a more serious foul, such as a red-light or crossing the centerline of the drag strip.

Burnout: Spinning the rear tires in water to heat and clean them before a run for better traction. In most classes, a burnout precedes every run down the drag strip.

Christmas tree: The noticeable electronic starting device between the lanes on the starting line. It displays a calibrated-light countdown for each driver.

Elapsed Time (e.t.): The time it takes a drag-race vehicle to travel from the starting line to the finish line.

Funny Car: With aerodynamically enhanced carbon-fiber bodies that loosely resemble the production cars on which they are based, these supercharged, fuel-injected, nitro methane-burning machines travel the quarter-mile in 4.6 seconds at more than 330 mph, slightly slower than a Top Fuel dragster.

Jr. Dragster: A half-scale version of a Top Fuel dragster designed to be driven by kids ages 8-17 in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League. Using a five-horsepower, single-cylinder engine, a Jr. Dragster can go as fast as 80 mph in as few as 7.90 seconds on the eighth-mile.

Methanol: Pure methyl alcohol used as fuel in Top Alcohol Dragsters, Top Alcohol Funny Cars, and even some Jr. Dragsters.

Nitro methane (“nitro”) : Made specifically as a fuel for drag racing, it is the result of a chemical reaction between nitric acid and propane.

Nitrous Oxide (“nitrous,” “N2O”): When injected into an engine under pressure, nitrous oxide gives the engine a sudden boost in power by means of providing more oxygen into the fuel mixture. Nitrous oxide is not allowed in any NHRA category except Pro Mod (exhibition) and some E.T. bracket classes.

Pro Stock: Pro Stock cars look a lot like street cars, but looks can be deceiving. Extensive modifications to the cylinder heads, manifold, chassis, and suspension thrust them to 6.6-second elapsed times at more than 205 mph.

Pro Stock Motorcycles: Producing more than 300 horsepower, these highly modified motorcycles can cover the quarter-mile in less than 7.0 seconds at more than 195 mph. The chromyl steel chassis is covered in a lightweight, aerodynamically enhanced replica of the original motorcycle body.

Reaction Time: The time it takes a driver to react to the green starting light on the Christmas tree, measured in thousandths of a second. A perfect reaction time is .000.

Red Light: When a race car leaves the starting line too soon — before the green light, or “go” signal — it activates the red light on the Christmas Tree and the driver has automatically lost the race.

Top Fuel Dragsters: The fastest-accelerating vehicles in the world, these are the most recognizable of all drag race cars. The 25-foot-long landlocked missiles can cover the quarter-mile in 4.4 seconds at speeds faster than 335 mph.