MADISON, Illinois (September 25, 2015) – Rumor has it Pope Francis requested an NHRA Funny Car as his mode of transportation for his historic first visit to the United States. The Secret Service, his security detail for his tour of American cities, allegedly nixed it.
Top 10 Reasons Why The Secret Service May Have Said, “No!”
- WAY TOO MUCH HORSEPOWER
Fiat 500L: 160 hp.
NHRA Funny Car: 10,000 hp.
9. LOUSY FUEL MILEAGE
Fiat 500L: 25/33 miles per gallon (pump gasoline).
NHRA Funny Car: 17 gallons per mile (nitromethane).
- TOO DARNED FAST
Fiat 500L: 124 miles per hour.
NHRA Funny Car: 329 miles per hour.
- SCARY ACCELERATION RATE
Fiat 500L: Zero to 60 in 8.7 seconds.
NHRA Funny Car: Zero to 100 in .810 of a second.
- WHERE OUR AGENTS GONNA SIT?
Fiat 500L: Accommodates five passengers.
NHRA Funny Car: One seat (driver).
- QUICK ENTRANCE/EXIT LIMITATIONS
Fiat 500L: Four.
NHRA Funny Car: Roof escape hatch.
- NOT ENOUGH AIR BAGS
Fiat 500L: Seven.
NHRA Funny Car: None.
- WHO’S GONNA MAINTAIN IT?
Fiat 500L: Oil change every 3,000 miles.
NHRA Funny Car: Oil change every thousand feet.
- IT’S NOT IN OUR BUDGET
Fiat 500L: $20,490 (MSRP).
NHRA Funny Car: $200,000 (STARTING PRICE.)
Fiat 500L: More than 130 dealerships in the United States.
NHRA Funny Car: None. All are competing this weekend in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ NHRA AAA Insurance Midwest Nationals at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis.
The NHRA AAA Midwest Insurance Nationals is an NHRA Countdown to the Championship event, or the “playoffs” of professional drag racing. Drivers and their teams are 2015 national championship title in four major categories: Top Fuel Dragster, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Motorcycle. The St. Louis event is the next-to-last race on the 2015 NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series schedule, and the second of six Mello Yello championship events.
The vision for the new Gateway Motorsports Park is to create a racing lifestyle that attracts enthusiasts, professionals, amateurs and car lovers by harnessing the energy and passion of the thousands of racing fans in the heart of the Midwest.
Located just five minutes from downtown St. Louis and covering nearly 200 acres, Gateway is the largest outdoor entertainment facility in the region, encompassing a ¼ mile NHRA-sectioned drag strip, 1.25 mile NASCAR Speedway, 1.6 mile road course, a state-of-the-art Karting facility and a new 14-acre, multi-purpose dirt off-road venue.
For more information about Gateway Motorsports Park visit www.gatewaymsp.com .