Drag Illustrated Issue 175, March / April 2022 - Page 26

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GRIFFIN STEINFELD
movie , hopefully we cross paths someday . Well , I went out to one of the No Mercy races a few years ago just to spectate and hang out . Sure enough , the car was there . I walked up to the team and introduced myself . That ’ s how that started a few years ago , and here I am racing in the Bumblebee RVW twin-turbo car .”
Steinfeld made his first passes in the car last fall during a test session at Carolina Dragway . The plan was merely to get him up to speed in the car , as it was quite a step up from his twin-turbo ’ 56 Chevy truck that ’ s been as quick as 4.60s at 167 MPH in the eighth mile .
“ The first run I just wanted to go 200 feet or whatever just to get my feet wet with letting go
of the button and doing that program inside the car ,” Steinfeld says . “ It ’ s totally different than my truck and any other car I ’ ve been in , with a Liberty and that style transmission .”
While he didn ’ t get to make a full pass at the test session , he did get a learning experience that has him ready to make more laps .
“ I was a little bummed out to be honest right when it happened because I wanted to make a full pass ,” Steinfeld admits . “ I ’ ve never been 200 mph and I wanted to go 200 mph that day , but after calming down and understanding what had happened , I realized that had taught me way more than the car just making a clean A-to-B pass .”
Parts issues plagued Steinfeld ’ s qualifying experience at Lights Out 13 , so he didn ’ t get to hit that 200-mph goal . But he ’ s determined
to get back in a race car , possibly one capable of going far faster than 200 . He has a desire to race in the NHRA world , including Pro Mod , or maybe even Top Alcohol Dragster or Top Fuel . He recently had the opportunity to warm up Antron Brown ’ s Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals , and he ’ s eager to do much more than just sit in the seat for a warmup .
“ Good things have been happening with myself and NHRA ,” Steinfeld says . “ I really hope to be in a rail soon , whether it ’ s Top Alcohol or Top Fuel or anything like that . I just want to stay on their radar and keep doing good things . Racing in RVW for the first time this weekend is a good stepping stone in teaching my brain and my body what to do at those speeds and what it feels like . DI
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