The Safety Shut-off system is made up of two parts, (above) a vehicle-mounted receiver (arrow) and a guardwall-mounted transmitter (below).
All participants in the Top Fuel dragster and Funny Car classes will be required to use an Electrimotion Safety Shut-off Receiver at the season-opening 50th annual Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Valvoline.
The Safety Shut-off Receiver, small enough to fit into a shirt pocket and weighing less than 6 ounces, is installed near the rear of the car on both dragsters and Funny Cars and will activate the previously mandated Electrimotion Safety Shut-off Box when it receives a unique digital message sent to it by the Electrimotion Safety Shut-off Transmitter. The Shut-off Transmitter, which is only slightly larger than the receiver, will be mounted to the guardwall approximately 400 feet past the finish line.
The complete system will initiate a vehicle shutdown sequence – turning off both the ignition and fuel systems and deploying the braking parachute – in the event that the driver is not able to do so.
Only a car passing in close proximity to the transmitter can receive the message, which will help ensure that the receiver does not trigger the system prior to the finish line. A second redundant transmitter will be mounted 600 feet past the finish line on the opposite guardwall from the first transmitter. This redundant transmitter will act as a backup to the primary transmitter in the event the receiver does not receive the message from the first transmitter.
NHRA worked closely with Electrimotion during the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season to test this new safety system. First tests were performed with a few Top Fuel and Funny Car teams using their cars’ existing onboard data-acquisition systems to help monitor performance of the transmitter and receivers. Based on the results of that testing, adjustments were made to both the transmitter and receiver design to optimize performance. Final full-system testing was done during competition at the last two races of the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.
Recently, several teams successfully used the system during preseason testing at Firebird Int’l Raceway. “The system worked flawlessly for us during our preseason testing,” said reigning NHRA Full Throttle Funny Car world champion Robert Hight. “It is a comfort knowing that this system can shut down my engine and deploy my parachutes if I am unable to do so for any reason.”
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will again be televised in 16 one-hour shows on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD, with coverage from select NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national events. In addition, the popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlights, focusing on NHRA’s member-track network, will air on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD as part of the race coverage.
The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series will air on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD on a tape-delay basis as part of NHRA’s relationship with ESPN, which enters its 10th year as the exclusive home of NHRA Drag Racing. All 16 telecasts will air Saturday or Sunday. The NHRA Lucas Oil Series has a long-standing tradition of serving as a highly competitive developmental arena for the future stars of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.
Returning as anchor of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts will be longtime NHRA announcer David Rieff, who will be joined in the booth by popular NHRA announcer Bob Frey. Rieff has been involved for many years with NHRA coverage on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. ESPN2 is available in 98.7 million households.
In addition to his race-coverage duties in the booth, Frey will host the popular NHRA Sportsman Spotlight segments, which will be featured within the race broadcasts on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. The segments will showcase unique and interesting stories from NHRA member tracks in each of the sanctioning body’s seven divisions. Frey’s schedule of appearances includes Atco Raceway in Atco, N.J. (Aug. 4, Division 1); Orlando Speed World Dragway in Orlando, Fla. (March 6, Division 2); the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series divisional event at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis (April 24, Division 3); the JEGS NHRA Cajun SPORTSnationals at No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, La. (March 20, Division 4); Cedar Falls Raceway in Cedar Falls, Iowa (July 31, Division 5); Portland Int’l Raceway in Portland, Ore. (Aug. 28, Division 6); and Kauai Raceway Park in Kapaa, Kauai (July 4, Division 7).
Kansas City (Jan. 28, 2010) – Houston Raceway Park has become a shareholder in the Super Chevy Show series and has set a date to be part of the 30th anniversary season in 2010. The Baytown, Texas facility will replace Route 66 Raceway on the schedule and will host a Super Chevy Show for the first time since 2005 on Sept. 10-12.
Seth Angel is Houston Raceway Park’s executive vice president and general manager. He helped get Houston on the Super Chevy Show schedule and is thrilled it could happen so quickly. Houston Raceway Park held Super Chevy Show events every year between 1988-2005.
“The Super Chevy Show event is obviously another marquee event on any racing calendar and it will certainly be a signature event of our racing season,” Angel said. “We’re thrilled to have it back at Houston Raceway Park and I know it is going to fill a huge void in the Houston market.”
SCSW, Inc., bought the series in the fall and the owners have tirelessly worked on preparing for the 30th anniversary season. Billy Meyer, one of the SCSW Inc., owners and the secretary and treasurer of the board of directors, said the schedule has been the top priority.
“We added Houston Raceway Park because we’ve had so many inquiries from fans in the south about the Super Chevy Show series,” Meyer said. “Houston is a great destination for racers in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Houston also is one of the largest commercial and metropolitan markets which gives our sponsors tremendous opportunities.”
Heartland Park Topeka moved the date of its Super Chevy Show up so they could host a Father’s Day weekend event, June 18-20.
Racers, car show participants, fans, vendors and sponsors can call 800-692-6230 for more information on the Super Chevy Show series or go online at www.superchevyshow.com for details on 2010′s 30th anniversary season.
2010 Super Chevy Show Series
Event Date Host Track Location
March 19-21 The Strip at Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
April 16-18 Virginia Motorsports Park Petersburg, VA
May 21-23 Texas Motorplex Dallas, TX
June 11-13 Summit Motorsports Park Norwalk, OH
*June 18-20 Heartland Park Topeka Topeka, KS
July 16-18 Maple Grove Raceway Reading, PA
August 20-22 Bandimere Speedway Denver, CO
September 10-12 Houston Raceway Park Baytown, TX
September 24-26 Bristol Dragway Bristol, TN
October 22-24 Firebird Raceway Phoenix, AZ
*Indicates a date change
2010 will mark 25 years of drag racing “Cemented in History” at the Texas Motorplex as the season kicks off in March with the O’Reilly Bracket Racing Series, Fast Friday’s and the Muscle Car Club Challenge XXXIX. April brings the return of the NHRDA Diesel Drags along with MOPARS at the Motorplex and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Divisional. In May the O’Reilly Bracket Racing series continues and Super Chevy Show returns to the Texas Motorplex under new management and celebrating it’s 30th year of racing.
The 25th Annual O’Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals ushers in the beginning of the Fall at the Texas Motorplex in September followed by the NHRA Summit ET Bracket Finals, Muscle Car Club Challenge XL and the Lenmar Motorsports ADRL World Finals VI in October and the season concludes with the 2010 Racer Appreciation Banquet and Import Face Off in November.
Keep an eye out at TexasMotorplex.com for any updates to the 2010 racing season and schedule. You can also check out the Full Schedule by clicking here or the Event Calendar by clicking here. The schedule may change throughout the season, so make sure you check back to see if anything new has been added.
Brandon Bernstein and John Force led the way on a busier second day at the 2010 NAPA Auto Parts National Time Trials at Firebird Int’l Raceway in Phoenix. Sporting his new Copart blue colors, Bernstein powered to a 3.873 to lead the Top Fuel contingent, while Force bettered the 4.11s posted by his team cars Saturday with a 4.109 to lead the floppers.
Warmer temperatures, cloudless skies, and no wind created better conditions for the teams who made the trek to the desert for the annual preseason test fest, and the racers took advantage with all teams making multiple runs during the day. Though the full pulls were still rare as teams tested the limits on their tune-ups, there were moments of great 1,000-foot passes as well as some not planned moments that were definitely highlight-reel worthy.
Three Top Fuel teams made attempts during Sunday’s activities, and Bernstein was far and away the best of the trio with his 3.873-second, 316.08-mph run. Doug Foley, testing the new Dote Family Racing dragster, also posted a nice 3.943 on a run where he clicked it off early.
Troy Buff, the final Top Fuel driver on site, had a tough Sunday with two burst-panel-popping runs, including one precipitated by a fuel line breaking prior to the hit that resulted in a spectacular fire when he mashed the throttle.
In the Funny Car ranks, Force was definitely the shining star Sunday, piloting his new-look Castrol 25th Anniversary Mustang, to back-to-back runs of 4.11 and 4.10. Force’s other team cars struggled a bit during the day with Robert Hight posting a best of 4.406 and Ashley Force Hood recording a 6.816 best.
After sitting out Saturday, Tim Wilkerson hit the track Sunday with the NHRA spec motor under the hood of his Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang to continue testing in conjunction with NHRA. His runs got progressively longer and better as the day went on with a best of 4.178 at day’s end.
Bob Tasca III also made a near-full pass, piloting his Quick Lane-backed ride to a 4.188 on a run when his engine let go just before the finish line. Cruz Pedregon also hit the track multiple times, clocking a best of 4.533 with his new Snap-on-adorned flopper.
Though the National Time Trials officially ended Sunday, most teams have elected to stay and continue testing in the coming days.