A drag strip is a facility used for conducting automobile and motorcycle acceleration events in drag racing. Although a quarter-mile, 1320 feet is the best measure for a drag track, many tracks are in 1/8th mile or 201 m and the premier classes will run 1000-foot races. The race has begun from a standing start, which allows three factors to affect the outcome of the race: reaction time, torque and traction.
A drag strip is a straight, purpose built racetrack, typically in eighth, 10 feet longer than 3/16 or 1/4 of a mile long (660/1000/1320 feet, 201/304.8.402 meters) with an additional shutdown area to allow vehicles room to stop after crossing the finish line. There are also common features that include a water box where vehicles and motorcycles start their burnouts to clean and heat up their tires to improve traction. There is a set of lights known as a Christmas tree that counts down the start and there also return lanes for the vehicles to return from the end of the track to the pit area.
Like all motorsports, drag racing has many safety requirements for the vehicles that are competing. You can find these safety rules in the governing bodies rulebook. Most rules do not apply until the vehicle exceeds a specified time such as 10.99 seconds. This allows anyone with a regular production vehicle to take part for very little cost and encourages participation of many people who cannot afford a proper racing vehicle.