What is the East Coast Supercharging Corvette Challenge Drag Racing Series?
It has happened to all of us. You stop at a light in your nice clean shiny deep breathing Corvette and look at the car next to you. All of a sudden you feel like Top fuel driver Tony Schumacher staring down Funny Car driver Ashley Force Hood as you each wait for the light to go green. It goes green and you are off. Then you realize you want to do this all the time and legally. So where do you go? What do you do? How do you compete? The Corvette Challenge is the answer.
Drag racing is simple to figure out. You line up next to someone, wait for the light to go green and drive as hard and fast as you can for ¼ mile. Whoever gets to the finish line first wins. This model is simple until you figure out that if you modify a car and spend just a little more money on it, then you will always win. This scenario or “flaw” opens the door for Bracket Racing. Bracket Racing is when you drag race against an opponent you each are racing in your “bracket” so to speak. This bracket is also called a “dial-in”. Basically each driver has to honestly predict what amount of elapsed time (ET) is needed for the car to travel the ¼ mile. To keep it honest, you cannot go faster than you predict or you lose in what is called a “breakout”. What this does is equalize the cars and shifts the race to the driver’s ability to predict a time and react to the starting lights.
The starting lights are affectionately called the “Christmas Tree” because there are so many lights and in varying colors. The car with the slower dial in will be given a head start. The faster car will have to wait for his Christmas tree until the slower car has made up the difference in the dial-in ET. Example. I dial my car in at 13.50 seconds and my opponent at 12.50 seconds. My opponent is 1 second faster than I so I will get a 1 second head start. That means if we do everything the same we will cross the finish line at the same time.
The amount of time it takes for the driver and his car to react to the green light is where you can win your race. If it takes you one half (.50) second to react to the tree, and your opponent takes 1 full second (1.00), then you will be .50 quicker to the finish line. This, in a nutshell, is Bracket Racing. There are many lessons to learn but the key takeaway for now is that the fastest car will not win. The better driver will win. Which is how you and I can play in multimillion-dollar sport that Bernstein and Force play without going broke.
What the Corvette Challenge does is allow you to participate in series of races that are Bracket Races as described above, but with an entire field filled with Corvettes. Think about it, all vintages all styles all colors. Here a C6 can race a C1. Think of it as a very fast Car Show where you can see these works of art and experience what is under the hood at the same time.