Lee Thompson packs the tires in his beautiful Corvette at the Terrace Drags last year

Lee Thompson packs the tires in his beautiful Corvette at the Terrace Drags last year

Drag racing season gets underway this weekend

The event that racers and fans have been waiting patiently for through the winter is here this weekend.

By Ed Evans

The event that racers and fans have been waiting patiently for through the winter is here this weekend.

The 2011 Northwest Drag racing season kicks off Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29th, at the Terrace Regional Airport.

Terrace has several new announcements for 2011, the first of which is the introduction of a new class. A ‘Sportsman’ class has been added to split up the huge ‘Pro’ class. There were 68 cars in ‘Pro’ class last year and this will allow cars to run racers with similar times. Classes will be broken up by their times. Here is the break down:

Class change for 2011 time splits:

Super Pro:  7.57 – quicker – Box Optional

Pro: 7.58 – 8.83 – NO BOX

Sportsman: 8.84 – slower – NO BOX

The box is a computer system that allows the cars to program in their time for a run and then program in the opponents time in to the computer. Their car will then launch and run the time they programmed in. So if you want to run a box you can only run it in ‘Super Pro’. All of the other classes will run with No boxes.

Racing will start at 10 a.m. with eliminations both days starting after the lunch break.

The Terrace Drag Racing Association (TDRA) has also announced that there will be one and possibly two Jet cars featured at the ‘Hot August Nites’ race on the B.C Day long weekend in August. It looks like lots of action this year at the Terrace Drags. Don’t miss out! Drop by the Terrace Airport this weekend.

For more information or to check out the photo’s  check out the websites: www.terracedrags.com or www.prautoclub.com