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- Sep 21, 2003
- Portland, Oregon
- 2008 Dodge Viper, 2006 MB CLS55 AMG
NHRA shortens race distance for Top Fuel and Funny Car classes to 1,000 feet as an interim safety measure
As the investigation continues into the tragic accident that took the life of driver Scott Kalitta, NHRA has announced that beginning at the Mopar Mile High Nationals in Denver, Colo., both the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes will race to 1,000 feet instead of the traditional 1,320 feet or one-quarter mile. This is an interim step that is being taken while NHRA continues to analyze and determine whether changes should be made to build upon the sport's long standing safety record, given the inherent risks and ever-present dangers associated with the sport.
This interim change was made by NHRA in collaboration with professional race teams. NHRA believes that racing the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes to 1,000 feet will allow NHRA and the racing community time to evaluate, analyze and implement potential changes based on the safety initiatives outlined last week
In the years I've been going to the IHRA events in Grand Bend, I've never seen anything even close to that kind of crash (though I have seen many an engine disintegrate.) Would the extra one hundred and fifty feet in the sand trap help? Who knows? You can't prevent every kind of accident, you can only reduce the risk. It's a bit of a cliche to say this, and certainly not to minimize Scott Kalitta's death, but every driver in every kind of motorsport knows (or should know) that every time they strap in, it could be their last time.
Again, RIP Scott...
I think the safety standards are somewhat laughable and certainly can't see any other form of motorsport agreeing to it. Giving cars that rely on parachutes to slow down 300 feet to slow from 300+mph is just ridiculous. To end with a solid concrete wall?? Tragic accident but I think drag racing in general needs to have a big look at its safety standards.
You are running probably the most dangerous race cars in the world in a concrete canyon of 4 foot high walls. Cars travelling that fast can go a long long long way.