First event of the year
Palm Beach International Raceway Saturday February 2nd - Street Car Drags
Dennis and all
others, yes thanks for request on Palm Beach races. Yes the
races were cancelled for Saturday and rescheduled for Sunday.
Well I found this out when I reached the gate on Saturday after my 1
1/2 hour drive there. Back I went on Sunday and I am really
glad I did. There were many Teslas there even with their own
generator truck with 2 Tesla super charges on board. I was
able to make 5 runs which is usually impossible at PBIR. I
went all day undefeated. I must have beaten over 1 million
dollars worth of supercars in my old 944. My first victory
was against a M5 bmw with turbo upgrades, then a Lamborgini, next
was my closest race against a pro charged late model Corvette.
He ran a 9.73 against my 9.70. My last 2 races were against a
Mercedes AMG BI Turbo which I blew away with a 9.50. Finally
Brooks was setting up a race for me against a new Demon.
Unfortunately the Demon was already in the trailer but that race is
to be done on a future date. Brooks said come on against his
9.90 McLaren. That was my last race of the day posting a 9.41
at 143 mph. Watch for this in a future Drag Times video. We
had both cars camered up. Brooks said I stole the show for the
entire Drag times day. This is a new MC/3 ED record. I am no
longer a high school teacher, I now teach at Sheridan Technical
College in Hollywood Florida. The school system allowed me to
transfer the 2 warp 11 motors which were purchased with school board
monies. Other than that the Black Pearl is mine. special
thanks to John Wayland who several years ago sponsored one of my
z2k's and Shawn Lawless who loaned me the other z2k after mine blew
a dc-dc converter and has to be repaired. The Lonestar Battery Pack
I built with made it all possible. I do have the 1500 hp battery
pack I built for Don Garlits setting in my shop. Someday I
will build one to equal that and BP will be an 8.90 street legal
'Lowell L. Simmons'
'Lowell L. Simmons'
Good job everybody, the 2019 NEDRA calendars have sold out.
Colleagues, we are invited to attend the PRI Sanctioning body meeting at the attached time and place.
We sincerely hope that you and your associates will be able to join us and a representative cross section of sanctioning body officials in discussing how we might collectively work toward the advancement of safety in all motorsports disciplines. This will be a great opportunity for you to meet with others who may share many of your experiences and objectives.
We’ll be starting at sharp. To help get your day started, we’ll be serving hot and cold beverages, along with some light snacks.
Friday December 7, 2018
Also, please note that the schedule of the
Should you have any questions or comments,
please feel free to contact any of us at the
The "NEDRA Classes, Voltage Divisions and Record Rules
" page has been modified to reflect the new motorcycle watts up table and rules changes.
The Wheelie Shot
Folks have been asking for the back story of a big wheelie I
accidentally made (and was captured on the way down by a track
photographer). It was a
simple error, compounded by screwy communication between a tablet and
the Hairball, which as many of you know, communicates with a Z1K or Z2K.
I was racing at 1350A and had made passes at 1400A before, but never
1500. After rounds I wanted
to try a pass at 1500 so attempted to make the change.
I didn’t know that the tablet I have been using to program the
Hairball for years had a weak battery (due to a faulty charge cable) so
it only had a few percent charge remaining.
I had trouble updating the Hairball: when I put in 1500 in would
display it as 356 or some other small number.
I eventually got it to accept 1000A (or so I thought). My racing
philosophy is to make incremental changes, one at a time.
I don’t want any surprises and I try to understand the impact of
each change. It helps
consistency when you’re ET racing.
Ha!Unbeknownst to me, there were evidently noisy signals or
something being sent to the Hairball, it changed an “option” setting and
it thought it was controlling a Z1K.
1000A means it was outputting 100%.
I have a Z2K which means 100% is 2000A, a fact that soon
presented itself to me. I was by myself on the line, burnout was typical
(I just clean the tire off) and I rolled up to launch.
Yellow, yellow, yellow, twist throttle fully open and – rotate.
I’m sure it started moving forward a little bit but all I felt
was myself being lifted skyward as previously unexperienced torque
lifted the bike around the sticky rear tire.
Some sort of primordial instinct made me slam the throttle shut
(I was probably thinking “this doesn’t feel right”) just in time and
fortunately, I didn’t go over backwards.
The bike came down hard and after I straightened out I rolled
into it again, more slowly.
About half track I tried to use 100% again but it just wanted to wheelie
so I rolled through the traps and turned off.
Fastest Member's Speeds Club
A new club has been added to the web site. It is "Fastest Member's Speeds Club". This is for all NEDRA members to keep track of thier fastest speeds. You do not have to set a record to belong to this club. The link is to the left on this page. Please review and send the webmaster any changes and or additions.
There is a revised Vehicle Inspection Form, check it out.
The Submitting Records form has also been updated.