Interested in getting into drag racing? Our last article provided a broad overview of the sport, from the different vehicle classes to interpreting the lights on the “Christmas Tree.” Now that we understand the basics, let’s take a look at the steps necessary to pass tech inspection and what drivers should expect when participating in a drag event.
Many of the requirements for passing tech inspection might seem obvious, but are crucial in preventing mishaps on the track. Jeff Sipes is the director of marketing, special events and media for Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado and has compiled this checklist to ensure all drivers come prepared. Nevertheless, he notes that at least one driver per event doesn’t pass tech inspection, usually for multiple infractions. The NHRA, as well as track-specific insurance requirements, dictate the rules for drag racing.
Bandimere Speedway has been Colorado’s premier drag racing track for over 50 years and is one of the few “super-tracks” in the nation, along with Texas Motorplex and Houston Raceway Park. Known as “Thunder Mountain” in NHRA circles, Bandimere is located in Morrison, Colorado, at the foot of the Hogback leading up to the Rocky Mountains. The track underwent a major renovation in 1988 and now seats approximately 23,500 spectators. The Mopar Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere is the longest running national event sponsorship in the history of the NHRA - 2009 marked the 30th anniversary.