Some tips for running in both Box and No Box

Some tips for running in both Box and No Box


[Ed. Note: Rob Livingston is one of the youngest and best bracket racers I have met. He has won two ET Finals in a row and three track titles in two years. He makes about 450 laps a year on his Nova. He finally agreed to share some information with our readers.]


This is probably the last car you want to line up against right now. Two IHRA ET Finals wins in a row, one in (Mod) No Box and the other in (Top) Box. Track championships and a ton of final-round wins. Looks pretty mild sitting there, right? Don't be fooled -- it is deadly consistent and Rob has been up on the wheel for the last two years.


At race tracks across the country that run Box and No Box classes, running both classes with the same vehicle is becoming very popular. It offers many advantages for the driver. You get twice the racing for the same tow, two chances to win, and more seat time. But running two classes puts different requirements on a racecar than the typical bracket car. When you run two classes, you can’t hold up the show or make your competitors wait for you. They will race without you, as they should. You need a car that can be hot lapped with minimal down time. You need a car that cools quickly, recharges quickly, and requires little to no maintenance at the track.


What you are looking at is stopping at your pit, throwing the charger on, running the water pump and fans for a few minutes, adding a splash of fuel and heading back to the staging lanes. Later in the rounds, you might not get that much time.


I am going to shed some light on what it takes to build such a vehicle. The best part is, you don’t HAVE to spend a fortune to have a car that you can compete with tube chassis No Box cars and $60,000 dragsters in Box class.