NHRA Funny Car Wins Drag Race On Two Wheels

When you’re sitting on top of a 500 cui (8.19-litre) V8 developing up to ~8000 hp, you’d better be prepared for flight, not for racing.

Sunday’s first round of eliminations started pretty normal for NHRA Funny car champion (and veteran) Cruz Pedregon, but things quickly became much more interesting once the green light flashed, as the racing driver inadvertently pulled one of the most impressive stunts in the sport’s history.

Since they’re capable of going through the 1000-foot (304 meters) drag course in less than 4.5 seconds (some do it in less than 4), Funny Cars have to be equipped with wheelie bars in order to keep them from flipping over during their tremendous accelerations off the line.

This time, the same component allowed Pedregon to finish his run safely after his car pulled the mother lode of all wheelies at the 339 ft mark (103-metre), and touched down at 1,121 ft. (341-meters). What’s more impressive is that the experienced driver didn’t lose his composure, crossing the line with half the car still in the air, 4.2 seconds after he launched it from standstill.

“Thankfully, when I landed, I was going straight. I turned on the win light, and all I could do is shake my head because I had just got a three-for-one deal: I survived, got the win-light and didn’t get hurt,” said Cruz Pedregon.

Unfortunately, the damage sustained by the car didn’t allow him to continue racing in the quarterfinals.

H/T to NBC Sports!


  • Grumpy

    Grounded to the ground…

  • gary4205

    An NHRA Funny Car makes in excess of 11,000 horsepower and routinely run in the 3.8 second 330 mph range. They go from 0 to 100 mph in 0.8 seconds.

    A by the way, the announcer is Cruz’s brother, 2 time World Champion Tony Pedregon. Cruz is also a 2 time champ.

  • Vassilis

    I’m not into drag racing but I always found these things to be amazing. Such beasts.

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