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Racing Episode 02

Drivers and crew members speak about fuel systems and related racing strategy.

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Racing Episode 02

Drivers and crew members speak about fuel systems and related racing strategy.

Tony Gibson, Crew Chief “Our strategy was set and it was based off track position and fuel mileage”
John Klausmeier, Race Engineer “60 pounds per gallon, 19 green laps and divide that by 10...”
Ryan Newman, Driver “The energy that you have comes in the source of fuel...”
John Klausmeier, Race Engineer “Typically its two to one, multiply that by two; four miles per gallon...”
Ryan Newman, Driver “You do what you can to keep that fuel in your tank.”
John Klausmeier, Race Engineer “The recent track at New Hampshire, we were able to win basically on this same strategy based off of what he was doing inside the car, really easy with his shifting, really easy on his throttle inputs to save us that amount of fuel.”
Neal Strausbaugh, Asst. Crew Chief “On the US Army top fuel car one of the most impressive things to me is the fuel system. It starts with a fuel tank, it holds about 16 gallons of nitro methane, its a two and a half gallon fuel line, 4 thousand rpm, its moving over 100 gallons a minute.”
Tony Schumacher, Driver “When the light comes on the pumps would come on, I step off the clutch, ready. Hit the gas, I would steer about 1000 times in the quarter mile, deploy the parachutes, arm the brakes, fuel shut off. Man this is all bad to the bone, cowboy up moment.”
Neal Strausbaugh, Asst. Crew Chief “The motor itself is actually burning over a gallon a second.”
Tony Schumacher, Driver “You are thrown back so hard you are five times you body weight. So your trying to hold the gas pedal down while this thing is pulling with five and a half g’s all the way. Its wicked, its cool man.”
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