Following the success of the first season of Open Drag Nights held at the Yas Drag Racing Centre over the winter of 2010/11, Yas Marina Circuit will be again hosting a series of drag racing evenings that will allow people to come and race their own cars on the drag strip. Tonight sees the opening round of the 2011/12 series, with racing commencing at 8pm.
The event is open to all cars and bikes that meet the NHRA safety guidelines at the Yas Drag Racing Centre or by calling 800 YAS (927). Gates open for spectators at 8pm and racing will continue until midnight. For more information visit www.yasmarinacircuit.ae
PARTICIPANT SAFETY REQUIREMENTS:
A helmet is required for all participants; they can bring their own or rent one for 100 AED from the Yas Drag Racing Centre.
From a safety point of view, cars are not permitted to race unless they have functional seatbelts, properly mounted seats, functional brakes, no fluid leaks, and no nitrous oxide. Additional safety equipment is required in line with NHRA rules if elapsed time is faster than 11.49 seconds: roll bar, fire jacket and five-point harness. For those who are exceeding 135 mph, jacket and pants meeting SFI Spec 3.2A/5 and gloves meeting SFI Spec 3.3/1 are mandatory.
Safety requirements for racing motorcycles include functional brakes, no leaks, kill switch/on-off switch for those who are faster than 10.99 seconds, full leather bike suit, Snell 2005 helmet, and boots.