Courtesy of M&S Racing
Drag racing is a form of auto racing in which any
two vehicles (most often two cars or motorcycles)
attempt to complete a fairly short, straight and
level course in the shortest amount of time, starting
from a dead stop. Drag racing originated in the United
States. The most common distance is one quarter mile
(402 m / 1320 ft.), although one-eighth of a mile
(201 m / 660 ft.) tracks are also popular. The dragstrip
extends well beyond the finish line to allow cars to slow down and
return to the pit area.
While usually thought of as an American and
Canadian pastime, drag racing is also very popular
in Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Japan, the Caribbean
(in particular Aruba), Mexico, Greece, Malta, South Africa and most
European and Scandinavian countries especially Finland and Sweden.
At any given time there are over 325 drag strips operating world-wide.