Tony Stewart brings Smoke to drag racing
Tony Stewart has done just a little of everything there is to do in motorsport, with the exception of drag racing. After a recent trip to the Frank Hawley School of Drag Racing, he addressed this deficiency.
Accompanied by NHRA Top Fuel racing driver Leah Pruett who gave her own instructions. Stewart brought a little "smoke" to the drag strip. A camera team was on site to document their introduction to straight running in a video published on You Tube.
First, Stewart had to familiarize himself with the Christmas tree that starts every run on the drag strip, and that in a Super Comp car. From there, Stewart got into one of Hawley's Alley Dragsters, which was equipped with an automatic transmission.
"We're using this setup to give new drivers the routine of driving an A / Fuel [dragster] or Top Fuel car, but they're still fast enough," said Hawley of NHRA.com. "We want you to see how it controls and handles and what you can and cannot do with it." For someone like Tony, who is used to seeing the world at 200 miles an hour or faster, of course that wasn't a problem. "
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Hawley is a two-time NHRA Funny Car world champion who has taught amateurs and professionals how to navigate the strip with a dragster for three decades.
"He's world class in everything he's ever done, so it didn't surprise me that he didn't have any problems," added Hawley. “He was a great guy, easy to talk to and very humble. What a good guy. "
Stewart did a dozen runs in the two cars and reportedly received a top dragster license. He hasn't announced any intention of driving a dragster professionally, but drag racing fans will want to keep an eye out for smoke on the racetrack.
Tony Stewart brings Smoke to Drag Racing originally published on NBCSports.com
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