Well hello, my name is Nick Zielinski. I am a member of Afterburner, you may have seen me along side Derek James racing rally cross and doing other car related events. I am here to tell you a little about my self and how I got into Afterburner and cars in general.
In my life I have had a lot of good experiences with cars, as well as some bad. One of the first things I can remember about liking cars is going with my father to pick up his 1972 Stingray Corvette and being in awe of it and how smooth its design was. The thing that stuck out to me the most about that car was the front fenders over the tires it has always been my favorite part about the car for some reason.
Little did I know with that same car I would be having one of my bad car experiences. One summer day, my father and I were doing an oil change to it and just before compilation my dad had told me to jump in the car and start it up to get the oil through the engine (note at this time I had never driven a stick). So I started it up and after the engine fired up I let off of the clutch…. bad idea. The car was in first gear and it shot off stright into the wall of our garage… luckily not much damage was done to the car and it is currently all repaired. My dad had a lot of influence in to my history of cars and why I like cars.
Another event that helped me with my love of cars was the drag races in Muncie, Indiana that my dad would take me to. For my dad the quarter mile was the only thing that mattered, and this was the first time I had ever witnessed pure speed like that in my life. Horse power and speed was the name of the game and I didn’t realize how incredible it was until later in my life. But, when my dad took me to Muncie it was truly an enjoyable experience for me and I loved the power, speed, smell, sound, and feel of the cars flying by on the track, but little did I know this was just scratching the surface of the potential of drag racing and the capability of cars.
So, this brings me to the most current car event I’ve been to, which was the NHRA National drag races in Indianapolis, Indiana. The speed was shocking, the sound was deafening, the smell suffocating, and the sight, well. There wasn’t much of a sight as the cars were doing the quarter in just over in 3.9 seconds, which is mind blowing. The amount of horsepower these cars put out is up to 10,000 horsepower, which sounds like I just made that up or I didn’t get the number right, but this is no joke. 10,000 is what these cars put out. Something else that I never really appreciated about this kind of racing is that, after 90% of the runs the entire engine will need to be rebuilt by the time their next race is that day. With teams that win consistently, or even teams that don’t, engines can be rebuilt multiple times a day. There really is something special about this sport.
Some might say its just a bunch of rednecks going fast, but is is so much more than that. This is a true testament to how far we have come in the automotive would. Who would of thought we not only broke 100 mph but we have tripled that number and are able to do it so consistently 300 mph! That is incredible. It is not only fast cars going fast, it is speed engineering at its finest. It is a passion for more, a passion for the sport. Drag racing is probably the most simple form of car racing, it is a test of a cars shear power and speed, but at the same time it does hold grace and it takes a special person to see that this is a little bit about how I got into cars and a little bit of my history with cars.