I ended up being a disappointing day, for a few different reasons, but I learned A LOT so it was not a waste at all. Feo showed up, which was awesome, I always love meeting other SS members! He was kind enough to hold the camera for one of my runs!
I ended up getting in 6 runs. The last one I was a bit shook for, but I will describe that in more detail later. Today was my FIRST time at the drag strip. I have done auto-x before, but never dragged on a track in a straight line. I learned a ton!
1. I suck at launching and need to figure it out. The combination of the muscle cars muffling out the sound of my engine, the sticky stuff they spray down, my lack of experience, and my fear of breaking the car turned into crappy launches.
2. Fast, efficient shifting is a big deal. If you aren't shifting at the most opportune time, you will feel the pain at the end of the strip.
3. Nerves, nerves, nerves. My adrenaline was going so hard that I couldn't ease the clutch the way I wanted to. Most of my launches consisted of revving to 5k rpms, easing for a split second, and then a drop with the consequent BOG. Hell, at one point, for some reason, I was so pumped up that I was shaking and my toes were cold!
Without further ado, the disappointing numbers, the cold hard truth:
So, the reason for my weird 6th run. I drove down with my long time friend. He has an early 2000s Z28. He had full suspension done, full exhaust, intake, and bought cams and a tune with his rebate money. He previously had a time in the 12s and was planning to get a feel for the new mods and potentially run in the 11s. Well, he was doing alright, got in 4-5 runs I believe. On the last run, I was recording him on the his digital video camera. His launch was kind of mushy, the run was uneventful until the end of the strip. Each of his runs he ends up topping out 3rd gear at 110, and has to shift into 4th to finish the last few hundred feet of the 1/4. Well, this last run, somehow, some way, his rear locked up, the car went sideways, and he hit the wall at 100mph. His front left wheel broke off, bounced off the wall, and when he eventually came to a stop, the wheel bounced up and slammed into the car on the undamaged side, adding insult to injury. He is okay, so far as we can tell. His car is completely totaled. It had to be towed back to his house in Harrisburg. The strip was shut down for a long time while they pulled his car off and cleaned the area up.
I was shook after that. I decided that I was not going to let his unfortunate situation ruin everything, so I made one more run. I actually tried a different way to launch, which ended up in me killing a Charger off the line by a mile, but towards the mid-end of 1st when I disengaged the clutch, the car bogged again and he raced past me
So, I want to practice! I know the car is capable of more, it just needs a driver to utilize it properly. With a downpipe and exhaust, I expected more, but it isn't always about the car and mods, it comes down to the person behind the wheel.