Guy runs 8.99 and his buddy runs a 9.00
The guy with the 9.00 will tell guy with the 8.99.. "great 8 second run.." Now if anyone should be mad about the major difference 8 vs 9 second portrays despite only being .01 second apart it should be the guy who ran the 9.0 but he won't be.
Go into the technical forums and dp means downpipe but you go into off topic and dp means something entirely different.. you use the term in the correct context for the community you are currently in.
Mathematically 8.99 rounds to 9 but that isn't the community you are in so you don't have to use their context.
We all understand that. The real question that boggles the mind (of the ordinary folk) is: Why on earth did the drag racing community decided to call 8.99 second car a 8 second car? There must be (hopefully) a logical reasoning to abandon 99 one-hundredths of a second...
When you graduate 1st grade and go 2nd, you're in 2nd all year. you're now a second grader. You don't round down and say on the first day of 2nd grade that you're still a 1st grader because it's closer.
Put differently, because it is FASTER THAN ANY OTHER CAR THAT RUNS 9.00 SECONDS OR MORE, it is an 8-second car.
How would you break it down? 8.50 = 9 second car? 8.49= 8 second car?
How is this concept so difficult to grasp?
Kind of like how scientists decided Pluto was no longer a planet. See, I learned way back in elementary school it was, but they don't care about that because I have no standing in the scientific community.
This is one of those times a non-hovering parent who insisted you get a participation ribbon even though you sucked should've told you about. "Nobody cares about you or what you have to say except me and I only care because of the whole birth-canal trip you took."- your mom.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain
There's a video online of a FWD Manual VW race car from Argentina that's in the 8's. There's a in-car camera view of him 1 handing it down the track fighting torque steer, and shifting with the other hand. It's insane, I hope I can find it.
I haven't paid attention to the rules in a while and I know some where modified recently as factory cars got faster and faster so my break downs may not be technically accurate for each series right now.
If you have a car that ran a 12.0 you did not need a 5pt bar.
If you had a car that ran 11.99 or faster your car had to have a 5pt bar among other things.
This came to be said if your car runs 11s you need a 5pt bar. So an 11 second car whether it is 11.00 or 11.99 was very distinctly differentiated from that 12.00 car.
Again the context here isn't math it is drag racing, use their terms.
vasillalov, another answer is bracket racing.
If you have a 10 second car, you race other ten second cars.
If you break into the 9s, you're out.
Although, It's a little bit more convoluded than that with the dial in run.
Last edited by Gitcha Sum; 05-10-2012 at 05:04 PM.
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And yeah, it took me a while to understand why an 8.99 counts as an 8. You just have to draw the line somewhere when setting brackets... and in drag they use the pinnacle of the bracket for the name, not the "average" (e.g. 7.50 to 8.49 counts as "8").
We do this with age, too.... soon as you turn 30, you are "in your 30s". It doesn't matter of you're two seconds into your 30th birthday or two seconds before your 40th. (Of course, guys, this doesn't apply if you're talking about women who are insecure about their age.... they are "29.1" forever.)