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Hi guys, I’ll go for roll racing with my stock challenger hellcat on the drag strip this weekend .. So I was wondering what traction control is the best for roll racing on a drag strip ? I have the toyo r888r and I think everyone will be rolling between 45mph to 65mph .. what do you advice me to choose? In terms of traction control.

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I roll race at the track as well. My custom settings when racing are TRACK- transmission, STREET -suspension, SPORT- traction.

I feel SPORT traction would be best as it doesn't really pull timing on the car and will still keep the car stable incase if you were to so happen to start getting sideways.

Great set of tires for the rolls btw.
 

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I roll race at the track as well. My custom settings when racing are TRACK- transmission, STREET -suspension, SPORT- traction.

I feel SPORT traction would be best as it doesn't really pull timing on the car and will still keep the car stable incase if you were to so happen to start getting sideways.

Great set of tires for the rolls btw.
+1 on this as well with a caveat - you'll want to see how much prep work they're doing on the track. Sometimes you may need to play with Sport or Track for the Trans modes...because traction or lack thereof on the surface may require you to use Sport.
 

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Are there any benefits for having suspension settings from sport to track for roll racing? It makes a difference for drag racing but I wonder if it makes a difference for roll racing.
 

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Ok guys, I've seen roll racing & don't understand it. It's really weird to me as I'm an old school drag racer. I saw it the first time last year at an NHRA event & didn't like it at all. But tell me, what are the benefits?? It seems to me there's WAY more room for error.
 

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Ok guys, I've seen roll racing & don't understand it. It's really weird to me as I'm an old school drag racer. I saw it the first time last year at an NHRA event & didn't like it at all. But tell me, what are the benefits?? It seems to me there's WAY more room for error.
Less strain on the hardware as you're not doing a standing launch (AWD I'm lookin at you). Cars with traction issues for launches can often perform better.

There's downsides of course, but roll racing is more meant to showcase the full potential of a car not just a simple who's better at launching...(in my opinion).
 

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It's not really drag racing, since launch is one of the biggest parts of said sport. 😁
You still have to launch, you're just doing it at 30 mph instead of standing still. It's not a pure drag race for some, but it is still a lot of fun and its also a great way to break into the sport too.
 

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Watching roll racing on an air strip is entertaining to me because you have all this space to stretch the cars legs a bit and also gives a little more space for an oops. Watching roll racing on a drag strip however makes me somewhat nervous, especially at the big end with fast cars and no chutes.
 

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It's also the opposite of the trend toward 1/8th mi as cars get so fast, far beyond their safety equipment. Some traditional drag racers like 1/8th because in the back half of 1/4 there's nothing going on but waiting for the stripe.
 

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Less strain on the hardware as you're not doing a standing launch (AWD I'm lookin at you). Cars with traction issues for launches can often perform better.

There's downsides of course, but roll racing is more meant to showcase the full potential of a car not just a simple who's better at launching...(in my opinion).
I see it the opposite. Roll racing basically shows the hp of the car. Drag racing also shows that but a ton more. To me roll racing draws the guys who don’t really work on their cars and just bring a wheelbarrow full of money to a shop to buy a ton of hp. Years ago they were called dyno racers.

No seasoned drag racer just looks at the ET and calls it good. They look at much more than I am going to list but at minimum they look at reaction time which is mostly driver but also the car. 60 foot to see a bunch of things. 1/8 mile. 1/4 mile. MPH through the traps. All of these measurements tells you a bunch of info about your car and where you can improve it
 

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Hi guys, I’ll go for roll racing with my stock challenger hellcat on the drag strip this weekend .. So I was wondering what traction control is the best for roll racing on a drag strip ? I have the toyo r888r and I think everyone will be rolling between 45mph to 65mph .. what do you advice me to choose? In terms of traction control.

Thank you.
if you're rolling at 65, there isn't much you can do in terms of traction control since at that speed and with those tires your traction is gonna be fine. But if your rolling at lower speeds, it really depends on how prepped the surface is. Better prepping means you can go for track mode and really hit the gas at the light. If it isn't prepped well though, you'd wanna keep it in sport or maybe even street. I've seen several cats doing rolls and slipping because the surface wasn't prepped well. So you just wanna test it out and get a feel for it, especially if it's a track you go to often. That way you can get the best roll possible.
 

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It's also the opposite of the trend toward 1/8th mi as cars get so fast, far beyond their safety equipment. Some traditional drag racers like 1/8th because in the back half of 1/4 there's nothing going on but waiting for the stripe.
This is mostly an NA or PD blower thing. They make or break their times in the 60ft. Turbo and centri blown cars make their gains on the big end. This is why I never raced 1/8 mi in my turbo or centri Mustangs.
 

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This is mostly an NA or PD blower thing. They make or break their times in the 60ft. Turbo and centri blown cars make their gains on the big end. This is why I never raced 1/8 mi in my turbo or centri Mustangs.
I would say the current no prep popularity and it's 1/8mi format from a dig is one of the most exciting flavors of drag racing out there and that there are plenty of turbo and centri cars in the field.
 

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Sure, but that isn't playing to their strengths. You can use a turbo/centri on the 1/8th, but compared to a the PD blown cars, to be competitive the turbo/centri cars have to be able to launch hard and in high boost... so they have to be built extremely sturdy. It's one thing to have a bolt on car with drag radials or some such running the 1/8th with a PD blower and still do fairly well with a safer, lower RPM launch. A mild bolt-on turbo car is going to suffer because they have to be able to launch at 3k+ (or whatever their target boost RPM is), then be able to hold onto it. That takes some serious tires and suspension work. This is why you do see a lot of broken turbo and centri cars at 1/8mi races. They're a lot harder on their running gear.
 
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