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Street Racing: How Racers Drive Stick, Burn Rubber in the Shelby GT500 – Wide Open Throttle

Thu September 13 2012 2:31 pm
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On this episode of Wide Open Throttle, Jessi Lang meets up with the team from Soul Pancake to teach Mark, an automotive novice, the ins and outs of handling the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. After helping him conquer the Shelby’s manual transmission, Jessi schools Mark in the fine art of burnouts and donuts, then spends the rest of the day basically destroying tire treads. Class is in session!

Donuts — a crazy stupid thing to do if you’re anywhere near trees, light poles, utility poles or buildings.

San Diego donuts in a mall parking lot.

There is a large racing culture in California, especially Southern California, which is considered to be the birthplace of North American drag racing.

Florida is also a state known for its street racing scene, especially in South Florida. Racers from the most populated counties (Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach) often uses the local highways such as I-75 or even US-27. The most commonly used highway is US 27 — a Highway along swamps mainly used by 18-wheelers trying to avoid heavy traffic. US 27 goes from Miami International Airport to Tallahassee, and is also known as “the Highway of Death” because of the swamps, alligators, snakes, difficult access for fire-rescue units, paramedics and police.

In San Diego, California there are tough anti-street racing laws, which include the arrest of spectators, and dedicated anti-racing police task forces.

In Illinois, street racing is a criminal offense in the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/11-506). It is illegal to engage in street racing on any public road — street or highway.

“Street racing” means:
(1) The operation of 2 or more vehicles from a point side by side at accelerating speeds in a competitive attempt to outdistance each other; or

(2) The operation of one or more vehicles over a common selected course, each starting at the same point, for the purpose of comparing the relative speeds or power of acceleration of such vehicle or vehicles within a certain distance or time limit; or

(3) The use of one or more vehicles in an attempt to outgain or outdistance another vehicle; or

(4) The use of one or more vehicles to prevent another vehicle from passing; or

(5) The use of one or more vehicles to arrive at a given destination ahead of another vehicle or vehicles; or

(6) The use of one or more vehicles to test the physical stamina or endurance of drivers over long-distance driving routes.
(d) Penalties.

Recently, McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Dan L. Huber, of Woodstock, after a fatal traffic crash that killed two 16-year-old boys on July 1, 2012, on David Road, in unincorporated Woodstock. Huber was charged with failure to report a traffic crash, a Class 1 felony and aggravated street racing, a Class 4 felony, according to McHenry County sheriff’s police department release. Huber’s bond was set at $100,000.

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