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#4572343 - 11/13/17 02:00 AM Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is...
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Brittany Force becomes second woman to win NHRA Top Fuel championship

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#4572354 - 11/13/17 03:19 AM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: mattwithcats]
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Congrats to her and the team. They earned it.

Another season past. About a month and a half off, before prep for winter testing starts.

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#4572370 - 11/13/17 04:20 AM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: mattwithcats]
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Watched it in person, she won the championship and then the finals 2 rounds later.
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#4572430 - 11/13/17 07:04 AM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: mattwithcats]
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Who and when was the 1st woman to win that title?

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#4572452 - 11/13/17 07:31 AM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: userfriendly]
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Originally Posted By: userfriendly
Who and when was the 1st woman to win that title?
Shirley Muldowney in 77, 80 and 82.

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#4572456 - 11/13/17 07:35 AM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: mattwithcats]
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Drag racing seems to be a part of motor sport where women can compete and win at the very top level. I dare say there are others, but I suspect not formula one or Indycar. One thing all formula one drivers hare is considerable upper body strength.

Claud.

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#4572464 - 11/13/17 07:42 AM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: Claud]
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Originally Posted By: Claud
Drag racing seems to be a part of motor sport where women can compete and win at the very top level. I dare say there are others, but I suspect not formula one or Indycar. One thing all formula one drivers hare is considerable upper body strength.

Claud.

Indycar doesn't have power steering but F1 does, but there seems to be no women on the radar for an F1 drive.
Anyways, congrats to Brittany.
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#4572466 - 11/13/17 07:43 AM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: mattwithcats]
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What does Susie Wolff drive? www.susiewolff.com

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#4572483 - 11/13/17 08:09 AM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: userfriendly]
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Originally Posted By: userfriendly
What does Susie Wolff drive? www.susiewolff.com


Not much these days. She doesn't have to. Her old man, (Toto Wolff), is worth a reported $400 MILLION.

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#4572560 - 11/13/17 09:22 AM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: IndyIan]
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Originally Posted By: IndyIan
Originally Posted By: Claud
Drag racing seems to be a part of motor sport where women can compete and win at the very top level. I dare say there are others, but I suspect not formula one or Indycar. One thing all formula one drivers hare is considerable upper body strength.

Claud.

Indycar doesn't have power steering but F1 does, but there seems to be no women on the radar for an F1 drive.
Anyways, congrats to Brittany.


The real issue is many of the men in a race behave much differently around a women driver. So on a shared track its not likely to happen anytime soon.
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#4572594 - 11/13/17 09:48 AM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: Rand]
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Originally Posted By: Rand
Originally Posted By: IndyIan
Originally Posted By: Claud
Drag racing seems to be a part of motor sport where women can compete and win at the very top level. I dare say there are others, but I suspect not formula one or Indycar. One thing all formula one drivers hare is considerable upper body strength.

Claud.

Indycar doesn't have power steering but F1 does, but there seems to be no women on the radar for an F1 drive.
Anyways, congrats to Brittany.


The real issue is many of the men in a race behave much differently around a women driver. So on a shared track its not likely to happen anytime soon.

Yeah, I'd assume there's plenty of guys who can't handle getting beat by a woman and start trying either hero moves, or dirty driving to keep their position.
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#4572756 - 11/13/17 12:13 PM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: mattwithcats]
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Attended the NHRA 58 nationals in Oklahoma City. First time we had ever seen a dragster with two engines. No christmas tree then but a flagman. Also remember Art Arfons and the Green Monster. Remember it ran about 160 mph. Whole meet was very exciting for kids from New Mexico. Very lame by today's standards. Times change. smile

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#4572759 - 11/13/17 12:14 PM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: mattwithcats]
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What percentage of the driver/team/car would you assign a weighting to in determining race outcomes?

I'd figure the car 50%, support team 30%, driver 20% or something like that. Is that close?
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#4572790 - 11/13/17 12:32 PM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: 69GTX]
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Originally Posted By: 69GTX
What percentage of the driver/team/car would you assign a weighting to in determining race outcomes?

I'd figure the car 50%, support team 30%, driver 20% or something like that. Is that close?


I've been involved in this sport for about 15 years now.

You can't win without a good driver, a good team, and a good car.

Lots of people think they can just hop in one of these machines, and instantly be great. I've never seen that happen yet. Invariably, the best drivers will have spent years honing their skills in slower classes.

So, if splitting the importance of each component (driver,team,car) I would split their importance equally.


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#4573035 - 11/13/17 04:51 PM Re: Top Fuel dragster, and the winner is... [Re: 02SE]
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Registered: 09/23/15
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Originally Posted By: 02SE
You can't win without a good driver, a good team, and a good car.

Lots of people think they can just hop in one of these machines, and instantly be great. I've never seen that happen yet. Invariably, the best drivers will have spent years honing their skills in slower classes.

So, if splitting the importance of each component (driver,team,car) I would split their importance equally.



Excellent. The kind of reply I was looking for....thanks.
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