Jeg and Troy Coughlin to go for a ride

The NHRA POWERade Pro Stock brother duo of Jeg and Troy Coughlin will be among the first to ride the "Top Thrill Dragster" roller coaster. The two will take part in the opening festivities on May 1st at Cedar Point as part of media day. "We are...

The NHRA POWERade Pro Stock brother duo of Jeg and Troy Coughlin will be among the first to ride the "Top Thrill Dragster" roller coaster. The two will take part in the opening festivities on May 1st at Cedar Point as part of media day.

"We are excited to represent the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series," explained reigning NHRA Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin, Jr. "The design of this record-breaking attraction will turn some heads and gain instant respect among thrill seekers worldwide. I expect this experience to be as close as it gets to being launched from the starting line. It should be awesome and I am really looking forward to it."

Top Thrill Dragster will be a coaster of epic proportions: with an extraordinary 420-foot-tall first hill at a 90-degree incline, speeds of 120 mph over 2,800 feet of track and a twisting first drop of 400 feet at an imposing 90-degree angle, this colossal thriller will wow riders with its dramatic world-record-breaking dimensions. Termed a "strata-coaster" for its monumental height, Top Thrill Dragster will be the first and only roller coaster in the world to break the towering 400-foot-tall milestone.

"I love speed and the sensation that goes along with going fast," said Pro Stock veteran Troy Coughlin. "I am the first to tell you that I am not a fan of heights. However, I think the Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster will help me get over my fear of heights in an environment that I am comfortable with. This should really be blast and I am sure I will be smiling like a kid when we come to a stop."

Top Thrill Dragster will put the pedal to the metal and challenge passengers to a wild ride that begins by launching out of a "starting line" position using a high-tech hydraulic acceleration system. Riders will then rocket up the 420-foot-tall hill where the train will rotate 90 degrees at the 230-foot height, crest the coaster's sky-high peak and then plummet down the 400-foot vertical drop where the train will spiral 270 degrees in a free fall starting at the 330-foot level. After twisting for 115 feet, the train will complete the coaster's dynamic drop, reach speeds of 120 mph for the second time, and cross the finish line before returning to the station.

Located in the center of the park along the midway by Power Tower, Iron Dragon and Magnum XL-200, Top Thrill Dragster's impressive structure will cover eight sprawling acres. A sleek four-tone structure - contrasting a red and white track with bright yellow support columns, along with silver framework - and six trains displaying the metallic colors of cobalt blue, sunshine yellow, sunset red, black cherry, fluorescent purple and Indy green, will rule the Cedar Point skyline. The six 16-passenger trains will allow for a capacity of approximately 1,500 riders an hour.

Top Thrill Dragster will be the ninth world-record-breaking ride Cedar Point has introduced since debuting the internationally acclaimed Magnum XL-200 roller coaster in 1989. Plus, it will be the ninth roller coaster the park has added during this same time period.

-jeg's-

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Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin