Jap Drag Series
About the Jap Drag Series
Welcome to the Jap Drag Series, a 3 class, 5 round championship drag series for Japanese cars. Racers compete for the series trophies as well as the individual event wins.
A history lesson: The Jap Drag Series has evolved from the HKS Drag Series which ran for the first time in 2007. It was born from the Pro Shootout events that run at the JapShow events, and this in turn was born from an argument that started at the very first Japanese Performance show, way back in October 2003, where two big on-track rivals were running head-to-head to win the Run What Ya Brung competition. One ran fractionally quicker than the other, but detonated his engine, and it was clear this rivalry was no longer “Run What Ya Brung” but a serious competition between racers.
The Jap Drag Series takes things to the level of true drag racing with Japanese Cars, and it’s no longer good enough to just turn up, run one decent time and go home with a trophy. Real drag racing is about being quick on the lights, having reliable power and consistent speed. Breaking down will not be an option, and dozing on the lights will see you lose.
In addition to providing exciting real drag racing for fans of Japanese cars, it’s also a chance to bring some safety to a potentially dangerous sport. Santa Pod has the finest safety features of any drag strip in Europe, and with terminal speeds of over 200 mph, it has to be safety first and safety FAST!
The Race Classes
Purpose-built drag cars with lightweight chassis, huge slick tyres and BIG power. Pro cars should run sub 9 secs, the best run in 2011 was into the 6’s at over 200mph!
Highly modified cars that have gone that bit further to attain their dragstrip goals, including suspension and drivetrain mods. Fac Mod cars should run quicker than street cars, with 8’s and low 9’s the norm.
Street-legal cars that retain their full monocoque chassis, street equipment and a finished appearance throughout. All the hard work is done by the monster-power engines. Street cars should run 12.50secs and quicker, with the top cars running 9’s at 150mph.
The Front Wheel Drive class that was part of JDS in previous years has now merged with ESC to become FWD Drag Series, detials at www.fwddragseries.com.
How to Enter
If you are interested in competing in the Jap Drag Series, have a look at the How To Enter page first then you can download the Jap Drag Series rulebook from the Rules page, where you will find information on what is needed to make you and your car eligible to compete.