NHRA Webisode 3
Mike Green will take you for a tour around the race trailers.
Hi, I'm Mike Green, the crew chief of the Army Top Fuel Dragster, and I'm going to show you around our race trailers.
We bring two trailers to the racetrack. This first one we are going to look at is our race trailer. The second we are going to look at is our technology trailer. The trailers are both two stories, so we carry our racecar upstairs, above this floor, and then a lot of our parts, engines, and equipment down here. In any one of these cabinets, you can open up and see that we have engines stored underneath. Every cabinet has just equipment, whether it's rags and brake clean, like you see here. This cabinet hauls all of our ignition systems that we will change if something goes wrong. We'll put a whole new ignition system on the car.
This area of the trailer we do our rods and pistons, or what we call the racks. Every time we run the car, we take these rods and pistons out and then we'll look them over. See if there is any damage, and it helps us tune the car from run to run.
This is the section where we work on the clutch. We'll take the clutch completely out; put it in here, grind it, put it back on the bench, reset it all up, make them all perfect, so when in between rounds we can just put it all together and throw it in the racecar, and it's ready to run.
The second of our trailers is the technology trailer. We have a small machine shop up here: drill press, lathe. Pretty much we can do a lot of machine work up here. This is our cylinder head department here, where everything we do cylinder head wise, is done in this area.
This is where we rebuild our superchargers. This equipment is built ourselves, so it is built to our exact specifications. We have different superchargers and injectors that stay in here. If we have an engine we have to rebuild, we have an engine stand here. We'll bring it right in here, put it up on the engine stand and we can rebuild a whole engine in here within a couple hours.
As you can see there is a lot of equipment and technology that we bring with us on the road to race our cars, at the high level that we need to, to win races.
Each and every race we show up thinking that we are going to win that race, and to prove to everybody that we're the number one team and we're going to continue to be the number one team.
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