Drag Racing 101: From Building Your First Race Car to Securing Sponsors

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Drag Racing 101, Jan 19, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 90 pages
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Everything you wanted to know about the exciting world of drag racing !! The NHRA, NMCA, PINKS ALL OUT, building your race car, rule books, race classes, tow vehicles, trailers, components of a run, heads-up racing, index racing, bracket racing. Plus funding your operation, securing sponsorship, and getting magazine and TV coverage !! The author also takes you on a visual journey showing the various builds of his '67 Pontiac LeMans with assembly pictures that show with time slips how the car evolved from 16 secs in 1994 to a 14 sec bracket car in 2005 all the way to a 10 sec all-out race car in 2009 !! This 90 page book has over 85 color assembly pictures of: engines, fuel system, exhaust, rollbar, seats, and suspension, we also include sponsor artwork getting applied and some other fun pictures. If you are building a drag race car, these pictures will save you hours of aggravation and prevent many $$$$ of re-work or the wrong parts. "For those of you interested in reading how Ike put together his race car, made improvements and has maintained his team, this will be a good read......" David Harris - SPEED TV
 

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Contents

The Race Car
8
Footbrake or Electronics?
10
Building the Race Car Your First Sponsors
11
The Trailer
15
The Tow Vehicle
20
Duallie or Motorhome?
21
The Track
23
The Pits
26
Media Coverage
58
Old Style Drag Racing
60
Armdrop Live
61
Funding Your Operation
62
Create a Race Schedule
63
Find An Artist
66
Create Sponsorship Proposal
67
Secure Sponsorship
69

Technical Inspection
30
The Staging Lanes
31
The Christmas Tree
32
Components of a Run
35
The Time Trial
44
The Elimination Run
45
Buy Backs
50
Round Robin
51
The NHRA
53
Pro Classes
54
Sportsman Classes
55
The NMCA
57
Contingency Sponsorships
70
Lets Go Race
71
Life on The Road
72
Getting Newspaper and Magazine Coverage
75
Getting TV Coverage
78
Sponsor Special Appearances
81
Building A Press Kit
83
When it breaks
85
Lets go faster
86
Racer community support
87
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About the author (2010)

Ike Heckler Jr., Team Owner of IH Racing and driver of the Nostalgia Super Stock 1967 Pontiac LeMans featured in the book, has drag raced for the past 10 years and has had over 50 round wins at various tracks across the national NHRA drag racing circuit. During the past 5 years, Ike has secured corporate sponsorships from such companies as CARQUEST Auto Parts, Remax Realty, VP Racing Fuels, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts, Lucas Oil, Giant Recreation World, and Hunyady Auction Company. Ike and his '67 LeMans have gained national recognition from articles in National Dragster, Fastest Street Car, and High Performance Pontiac magazines, and in various episodes on SPEED channel's PINKS All Out ! and PINKS All Outtakes ! Each year with sponsor support, Ike races a full race schedule across the country and each of these events has very high visibility for IH Racing's sponsors. In 2008, IH Racing attended the PINKS All Out ! events at Gainesville Raceway in Florida, and Atlanta Dragway in Georgia. Coverage from these events ranged from on track viewership of over 50,000 race fans to national television coverage to about 6 million households. As you read this book, Ike takes you on a visual journey showing how he started out in 1985 with the same '67 LeMans you see on the cover and how the project has progressed over the years to become the successful racing operation it is today.

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