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** Taken from the WannaGOFAST Facebook Page

After 9 years, 36 events and countless prayers to the Good Lord above our lifelong DREAM has become a reality.

We’re proud to announce America’s First-Ever 1/2 Mile Racing Facility!

Thanks to an incredible partnership with South Georgia Motor Sports Park we have been able to give our racers a permanent place to live out their GOFAST Dreams!

The track is being extended to 5600ft and has all the infrastructure in place to ensure the best possible conditions a racer could ask for!

Dates are set for:

February 29-March 1
October 24-25

Many more details to come. For now just know that 2020 is going to be the best year ever for 1/2 Mile Racing

wanna go fast sgmp
 
Posts: 2111 | Location: Gallatin, TN - U.S.A. | Registered: October 12, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Interesting but with everybody Killing 1/4 mile have fun trying to find people to run 1/2 mile.
 
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Actually, it won't be the first 1/2 mile drag strip in America, Riverside Raceway in California was the first. They ran a few 1/2 mile events back in the 70's, it didn't last very long mostly because it required a substantial gear change (and/or a lot of oil dry).

If memory serves me correctly I believe Bill Richter was either the Owner or the Track Manager at the time.

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The interesting question will be who makes the rules that go beyond 1/4? NHRA rules only cover to 1/4 mile and obviously slower cars at that distance will exceed some mph rules going another 1/4 mile.
 
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NHRA rules only cover to 1/4 mile and obviously slower cars at that distance will exceed some mph rules going another 1/4 mile.

Run what ya brung! Save Glendora's wisdom.


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Well that will come in handy...lmao
 
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different gear,different tune up and if running blower you are going to need bigger tank to hold extra fuel.Not to mention some new brakes quite often.




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The first 60 ft is still the hard part, if it's a drag race. Relatively speaking.

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By the time somebody changes their gears to run 1/2 mile I am sure the first 60’ will get easier for them.

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Pretty sure the 1/2 mile stuff is catering to the super/sports car crowd.


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Batteries for a low center of gravity. A glimpse of the future, 1/2 mile drag racing.
 
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If it gets some off the street and on the track, I am for it. Once they are on the track, they will discover the rest of the wisdom for themselves. Take care. Tom Worthington


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I didn't read anything about how the timing system is going to work or if there even will be any timers past the 1/4 mile. That would require a major software change to the top 2 timing systems on the market let alone additional wiring and timers ect. Be interesting to see what this 1/2 mile racing is truly for.
 
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Who even owns SGMP anymore? The circle track looks derelict and abandoned, it wasn't too long ago I heard that the owner or promoter was in trouble for tax evasion, etc. Now they have money to lengthen the track for two events a year?


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Who even owns SGMP anymore? The circle track looks derelict and abandoned, it wasn't too long ago I heard that the owner or promoter was in trouble for tax evasion, etc. Now they have money to lengthen the track for two events a year?


That was the previous owner.


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I watched some of this race last year. It was at a airstrip somewhere, maybe Georgia. It does seem like a big investment for 2 races a year. all kinds of cars,race cars to super cars. corvettes, gtr's, Buick gn's etc.
 
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Wannagofast has been doing these events for some time. They've aimed there sights more towards high end street cars and purpose built "street legal" race cars. think late model domestic V8s, GTR's, lambo's, ferrari's, Ford GTs, NSX's, and everything else that's similar.

I doubt they're looking to pull the weekend bracket racer that needs a gear change to run out past the 1/8mi.

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Wannagofast has been doing these events for some time. They've aimed there sights more towards high end street cars and purpose built "street legal" race cars. think late model domestic V8s, GTR's, lambo's, ferrari's, Ford GTs, NSX's, and everything else that's similar.

I doubt they're looking to pull the weekend bracket racer that needs a gear change to run out past the 1/8mi.

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What he said...…..

Might even try it in my Challenger SRT8 Blue Man


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I watched some of this race last year. It was at a airstrip somewhere, maybe Georgia. It does seem like a big investment for 2 races a year. all kinds of cars,race cars to super cars. corvettes, gtr's, Buick gn's etc.


I've seen that as well, it's a little different than what these folks are doing. The races on airstrips are MPH contests. SGMP on the other hand is gonna be capable of putting on 1/2 mile drag races, two cars side by side first to the finish line. There are lots of people out there this will suit. I know a few with high end cars with big power who get together 10 - 12 cars and have a race from Tampa to Ft. Myers. These people will literally go 170 mph plus down Interstate 275. Typically they chose routes where highway miles are limited. Crazy, I rode along once (female driver), I'd never do it again these people are carazy bigtime, a lap down a 1/8 mile is a low/no adrenaline ride comparatively speaking. I'd imagine that's why they named it wannagofast, to give these types of cars / people an outlet, off the streets.

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Originally posted by Tim Mitchell:
I watched some of this race last year. It was at a airstrip somewhere, maybe Georgia. It does seem like a big investment for 2 races a year. all kinds of cars,race cars to super cars. corvettes, gtr's, Buick gn's etc.


They have held these events here in Ocala for the last 3-4 years at a fly-in community that has a very long runway.


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