Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Devore Hts, Calif...FIRE COUNTRY
if it is a turbo car, then he needs to build up pressure by preloading before he leaves.. in this aspect, it is a "time only' type of qualifier where the reaction time off the light does not matter... aslo related is many do this because they can
mentally be more "ready" so they leave when they "feel" comfortable,..once again, pure ET is what matters to qualify on a ladded... I have done this many times.
obviously if it is a RACE / eliminations run, and he waits a long time, and the opponent leaves on him, then the "late' car in a "heads up" race will have to over come his opponent, have a better / faster ET to get to finish line first.
if the O.P. was watching a eliminations run / paring,...and there was a "handicapped start", then the tree would have come down differently for one car than the other...but both cars should cross finish line together.
I have gone down the road that you are only now about to travel.
tires are the great equalizer
a degree wheel, EIGHT INCH dial caliper & adjustable pushrods should be just as normal as a 1/2" wrench in your toolbox
there aint no shortcuts to doing it RIGHT....