THE MOST powerful team owner in Australian drag racing, Santo Rapisarda of Rapisarda Autosport International, recently delivered an ultimatum to local tracks Sydney Dragway and Willowbank Raceway demanding the end of quarter-mile Top Fuel racing in Australia and the implementation of the 1000ft race distance adopted by the NHRA due to safety concerns. The Street
Machine Facebook page was running hot with your responses.
Chris Wallin – Sounds like he’s having a sook! Nik Young – 1000ft is 320ft short of a real drag race.
Scotty Mac – I hate the thought of the traditional quarter-mile racing going, but they do have a valid point.
Adam Castle – How will 320ft change anything at the speed these cars do?
Grant Meier – It’s a quarter-mile race; upgrade the track if safety is the issue.
Dino Rohrlach – I was in Darwin a few weeks ago and last year when he ran over 520km/h. Would be a shame for that sort of action to cease.
Mark Rendell – Well, we all know whatever happens in America, Australia can’t follow quick enough, whether it’s right or wrong!
Greg Larson – As Santo has explained, the braking area was designed to arrest a car of 3000hp. This was fine back then, but now they are in the vicinity of 9000hp. I think his concerns are well justified.
Phil Kerjean – I hated the idea when they did it in NHRA from the accidents/incidents in 2007 and 2008. But after being there several
times since the 1000ft era, the spectacle and events themselves are better. Less blow-ups, less injuries and closer racing.
Raymond Krozek – I have been to over 60 National events and I think the 1000ft track really sucks. If you can’t put a car together to go quarter-mile get out of the sport and go stock car racing.
Gregory Freeman – I think we’re about the only ones left still racing full quarter-mile in Top Fuel. If Rapisarda pulled out it would be pretty hard to survive it.
Billy Stanley – Quarter-mile takes bigger balls and better cars.
Onequickpuck Mike – If some teams wanna race 1000ft, let them have a few special meets or special classes, but don’t tell the entire country of drag racers that we’re trimming it down to 1000ft because some other idiots are doing the same.
Gee Bear – I’m all for it. There will be less blow-ups, which means more racing for competitors as they aren’t throwing as much cash away with every hit down the track.
Heath van der Waerden – Don’t see the problem. Who cares if they stick on the loud pedal for an extra tenth of a second? It’s not like they aren’t past the spectators already. Seems a logical move considering how effing fast the vehicles are in this era.
Dale Smith – Could be worse; he could have proposed stupid four-wide drag racing.
David Code – I’m sure every Top Fuel team will support this. Well done to Santo and the whole Rapisarda team for doing what they believe is the best for the safety of all drivers, not just those in their team.
Robert Tufo – It won’t happen.