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Ready To RockWe have to tell you, we weren't sure what to expect at the Los Angeles County Raceway (LACR) near Palmdale, California. LACR sits on Southern California's high desert floor at approximately 2,800 feet above sea level. It's a harsh desert environment where snow falls during the winter and tumbleweeds blow during the summer. Test pilot General Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier here for the first time more than 50 years ago. The prototype space shuttle, Enterprise, made its maiden flight here 25 years ago. The Antelope Valley has always been about speed-unspeakable speed.
High westerly winds on the day of our shootout across the dusty, chewed-up north/south track made for good quarter-mile times and high-speed stability-challenging at best, even for the most seasoned drag racer.
Pat saddled up behind the wheel of his '99 Cobra, ready for action. Because he autocrosses his Cobra, Pat has a finite understanding of what to expect from his car. Each of his three quarter-mile passes was performed with the uncanny precision of a NASA space shuttle computer. He knew how to follow the timing tree with crisp reaction times, leaving the line with great predictability.