Last drag racing photo for a bit. This is a beautiful souped up Chevy Camaro doing a smokey burnout in the “water box” staging area at Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble, Oklahoma. They do this burnout to warm up the tires and make them good and sticky before each run so the car will launch quicker. The guy in the back will spray water onto the ground, and the driver will pull the rear tires onto the water, hold the front breaks, then rev the engine to spin the tires. The friction warms up the tires and send out a big billowing cloud of smoke. From here the driver pulls to the start line, stages with the other driver, then when the starting tree signals green, the race is on!
About James Pratt
I am an Oklahoma based writer, commercial photographer, editorial photographer and adventurer based in Oklahoma City. I love telling stories about people. A motorcycle is my preferred means of travel, and I have over 5,000 hours piloting small airplanes. My editorial photography has been published in hundreds of magazines and my commercial photography has been used by dozens of companies worldwide.