Reaction times modified for 2003

GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb 3, 2003) - The numerical value of a driver's reaction time will be modified at each of the 23 national events, beginning with the 2003 season-opening K&N Filters Winternationals, Feb. 6-9, at Pomona Raceway, it was announced...

GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb 3, 2003) - The numerical value of a driver's reaction time will be modified at each of the 23 national events, beginning with the 2003 season-opening K&N Filters Winternationals, Feb. 6-9, at Pomona Raceway, it was announced today by NHRA officials.

The modification simplifies the process of understanding a driver's reaction time to activation of the green lights on the Christmas Tree. Previously, a perfect reaction time for professional, and some sportsman drivers, was a .400. For the remaining sportsman competitors a .500-light was considered a perfect reaction time. Under the new changes, the timing system will be modified to display a perfect reaction time as .000 for all categories. This change only applies to the 23 national events that make up the $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

On a pro Christmas Tree, a .399 light, or anything lower, would be considered an early start, activating the red light, which would result in a disqualification. Under the new system, a .399 will now be displayed as a -.001, a.398 will be a -.002, and so on. Anything from a perfect reaction time of .000 and above will be a legal start. The new timing system in no way affects any driver, vehicle set-up, or any other significant aspect of the competition on the drag strip.

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