DRP Articles
Wednesday, 01 November 2000 23:44

The PMA Replies....
(an email from Vip Isada,Deputy Executive Director of the Philippine Motor Association)

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Dear DragRacingPinoy.com,

Please allow me to give my comments on your article "PMA Considers Licensing Drag Racers". After reading your article, there are a lot of misconceptions about PMA's role in motor sports that need to be clarified. I hope that next time you write on this, you conduct a thorough research first rather than relying on hearsay.

Before I proceed, I would first like to introduce myself. I am Vip Isada, deputy executive director of the Philippine Motor Association (PMA) and an 8-time Rally Champion.

The Philippine Motor Association is the governing body of motor sports in the Philippines by virtue of it being a member of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the world governing body. Therefore, all the motor sports events sanctioned by the PMA must run under the PMA and FIA rules.

These rules-starting from the Sporting Code to the technical specifications, safety, officials, track construction, venues, and others, including licensing-are all included in the 34th edition FIA's Yearbook of Automobile Sports (the FIA rulebook). Bulletins are also issued by the FIA on a month to month basis to inform the PMA and its members in motor sports about the changes in the rules. These are the basis of what regulations we apply in the country, nothing else.

With regard to PMA requiring all racers to apply for a competition license, I would like to explain first how a competition license could be acquired.

To apply for a PMA competition license, one only has to submit himself to a medical examination to the PMA Doctor; ECG and eye tests are likewise needed. The applicant will then pay a fee of one thousand Pesos only for the PMA racing license, which expires on 31 December of that year. This is done to screen the drivers of those using illegal drugs, have an eye problem or suffering from hypertension to improve the safety conditions for both the event and the competitors. And the money collected from the fees charged is infused back to the promotion and improvement of Philippine motor sports.

The requirement of a competition license has been existence since time immemorial. The license is a control tool to protect the integrity of an event and to ensure that competitors will have a level playing field; that they are physically fit to race; and, that they can appeal the decision on a protest by the stewards of events to the PMA. It has nothing to do with slow or fast cars, skill of drivers, speeds and danger factors.

It is the duty of the organizer to check that all competitors have a license. At the same time, it is also the duty of each competitor to acquire a competition license from PMA, to show that his intention is to follow the rules and regulations set forth by the PMA-affiliated organizers.

I strongly protest against what you're implying on your concluding paragraph regarding PMA. PMA's goal ever since is to ELIMINATE racing on the streets and promote much safer events. We at PMA keep on saying to the organizers to make their events safe. To join illegal street races, as you say, means less hassle. This is because they do not have rules; the organizers and drivers do not have any consideration for safety and therefore are not held accountable for any mishaps.

Licensing is the first step to safety especially to any serious aspiring drag racer. Why? Because through this, he and the organizers will know that he is fit to drive in a race. He will be properly informed of the rules and regulations of the races and his responsibilities as a license holder. Making our event SAFE and enjoyable can only be achieved with the cooperation of each and every competitor.

I hope one of these days we can meet to discuss thoroughly where PMA stands when it comes to motor sports.

You are welcome to visit PMA at 683 Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City, or you can call me at 723-0808.

Yours truly,


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What is ET or Bracket Racing?
Wednesday, 01 November 2000 23:14

What is ET or Bracket Racing?

By far the most popular form of drag racing is a handicapped form of competition known as "E.T. Bracket Racing." In this form of racing, two vehicles of varying performance potentials can race on a potentially even basis. The anticipated elapsed times for each vehicle are compared, with the slower car receiving a headstart equal to the difference of the two. With this system, virtually any two vehicles can be paired in a competitive drag race.

For Example: Car A has ben timed a 17.78, 17.74, and 17.76 seconds for the quarter-mile, and the driver feels that a "dial-in" of 17.75 is appropriate. Meanwhile, the driver of car B has recorded elapsed times of 15.27, 15.22 and15.26 on the same track and he has opted for a "dial-in" of 15.25.Accordingly, car A will get a 2.5-second headstart over car B when the "Christmas Tree" counts down to each car's starting green lights.

If both vehicles cover the quarter-mile in exactly the predetermined elapsed time, the win will go to the driver who reacts quickest to the starting signal. That reaction to the starting signal is called "reaction time." Both lanes are timed independently of one another, and the clock does not start until the vehicle actually moves. Because of this, a vehicle may sometimes appear to have a mathematical advantage in comparative elapsed times but actually lose the race. This fact makes starting line reflexes extremely important in drag racing! 

What is drag racing?
Wednesday, 01 November 2000 08:00

A drag race is an acceleration contest from a standing start between two vehicles over a measured distance.

The accepted standard for that distance is either a quarter-mile (1,320 feet) or an eighth-mile (660 feet).

A drag racing event is a series of such two-vehicle, tournament-style eliminations. The losing driver in each race is eliminated, and the winning drivers progress until one driver remains.

These contests are started by means of an electronic device commonly called a Christmas Tree because of its multicolored starting lights. On each side of the Tree are seven lights: two small
amber lights at the top of the fixture, followed in descending order by three larger amber bulbs, a green bulb, and a red bulb.

Two light beams cross the starting-line area and connect to track side photocells, which are wired to the Christmas Tree and electronic timers in the control tower. When the front tires of a vehicle break the first light beam, called the pre-stage beam, the pre-stage light on the Christmas Tree indicates that the racer is approximately seven inches from the starting line.

When the racer rolls forward into the stage beam, the front tires are positioned exactly on the starting line and the stage bulb is lit on the Tree, which indicates that the vehicle is ready to race. When both vehicles are fully staged, the starter will activate the Tree, and each driver will focus on the three large amber lights on his or her side of the Tree. Depending on the type of racing, all three large amber lights will flash simultaneously, followed four-tenths of a second later by the green light (called a Pro Tree), or the three bulbs will flash
consecutively five-tenths of a second apart, followed five-tenths later by the green light (called a Sportsman, or full, Tree).

Two Separate performances are monitored for each run: elapsed time and speed. Upon leaving the staging beams, each vehicle activates an elapsed-time clock, which is stopped when that
vehicle reaches the finish line. The start-to-finish clocking is the vehicle's elapsed time (e.t.), which serves to measure performance. Speed is measured in a 60-foot "speed trap" that ends at the finish line. Each lane is timed independently.

The first vehicle across the finish line wins, unless, in applicable categories, it runs quicker than its dial-in or index (see glossary). A racer also may be disqualified for leaving the starting line too soon, leaving the lane boundary (either by crossing the centerline, touching the guardrail or guardrail, or striking a track fixture such as the photocells), failing to stage, or failing a post-run inspection (in NHRA class racing, vehicles usually are weighed and their fuel checked after each run, and a complete engine teardown is done after an event victory).

ProSpeed Drag Wars 3rd Event :: Manila Harbor Center
Saturday, 14 October 2000 08:00

ProSpeed Drag Wars 3rd Event
Manila Harbor Center
October 14, 2000

Looks like you guys had fun last weekend at the ProSpeed Drag Wars held on October 14, at the Manila Harbor Center. Turn out was great! 90 cars and drivers signed up! There were "grudge" matches run (sign up with our mailing list to get full details!), close matches during the eliminations and lots of spectators.

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The parking lot was full of great looking cars. Space was actually tough to find!

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Drag Racing Pinoy was present, too. I hear that our stickers were a hot item!

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No records were broken, but the racing was excellent! Click HERE for event results.

A Day at the Drags...
Monday, 09 October 2000 23:23

A Day at the Drags...

Come Early, Stay Late, and Be Prepared
in general. Unlike a typical three-hour football game or two-hour concert, drag racing is an all-day affair. The best advice for you as fans might well be the same advice given to the teams you're coming to watch: Come early, stay late, and be prepared.

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What to bring: a hat, sunglasses, earplugs, a blanket (to sit on or bundle up with during the awesome spectacle of night qualifying), and , most important if you're an NHRA member, your membership card. It's your ticket into the Membership Hospitality Center, where you can catch your breath and grab something to eat or drink. Like the TV commercials say, don't leave home without it.

Okay, you've got your tickets and your car is loaded with the essentials - now what? Race-day attendance totals often exceed 40,000, so it's a good idea not to plan your arrival to coincide with the firing of the first pair. Believe it or not, the parking lots are full of latecomers streaming toward the main gate even as the first round gets under way. The first round of Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock comprises 24 heats: the balance of eliminations consists of 21. Miss the first round, and you've missed half the show.

At the end of the day, don't make a headlong rush for the gates the instant the last nitro car runs. When the rest of the herd heads for parking lot, it's a great chance to hit the pits, where the teams are relaxing after a long day and likely to be more than accommodating.

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