DRAG RACING – A GENDER EQUAL SPORT?

DRAG RACING – A GENDER EQUAL SPORT?

Drag racing is a type of motor sport when custom modified cars compete, usually two at a time to cross the finish line over a ¼ mile straight course,

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Drag racing is a type of motor sport when custom modified cars compete, usually two at a time to cross the finish line over a ¼ mile straight course, from a standing start.

The cars – called dragsters, are usually fueled by Nitromethane; commonly referred to as Nitro. This helps increase the speed of the car, making the sport very exciting.

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Drag racing was pitched to Women in Sport as “a truly gender equal sport” where men and women compete against each other, in the same conditions, at the same time and also help each in the pit lane. Something very uncommon in the motor sports world.

Initially we met with Anita Makela, the current European champion, with her record winning dragster that goes from 0-100mph in 0.8th of a second, rightfully dubbed “The Usain Bolt of drag racing”. Anita, has hopes of retaining the title with 2017’s quickest pass, finishing the 1/4-mile race in 3.878 seconds. The dragster has horsepower equivalent of 10 Formula 1 cars and is modeled on the green hues of the northern lights, inspired by a holiday photo Anita took. She is the first person in Europe to win two FIA Championships in different classes.

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