In drag racing, reputation is everything. Being able to do the job is one facet of being a professional level competitior but being able to do it consistently is what moves you from good to great. Bruno Massel is one of my colleagues with the NHRA on FOX team and he’s also a two time competition eliminator NHRA world champion racer. On top of that, he has the opportunity of a lifetime in 2020 because he’s going to run pro stock at a select number of races once the season starts back up again. This is awesome. While not technically his debut it will be the most races he has attempted in NHRA pro stock drag racing, so that’s pretty awesome.
How does a guy get himself acclimated to the timing of a pro stock car? Well he uses one of his friend’s tools! This is a simulator that Jag Coughlin Jr. had built a while ago and what it does it simulates the sequence of events from staging, launching, and shifting the car. While the unit is static, this is more about the actual muscle memory development and shift timing that is so critical for being good in one of these cars. Bruno has some awesome answers fro my dumb questions as he takes us on some virtual runs.
Additionally, he talks us through the differences between racing his turbocharged Competition Eliminator car and the ways of the much more brutal pro stocker. This is neat insight and I for one cannot wait watch him race!