We were at NRRA to check things out at the race track. Both Morphman and Izzie tried racing, just as Sven had done before and we talked a bit with two of the officials there, Yvanna Schuster and Tresbon TooCool, and they were kind enough to let us ask some questions.
Yvanna Schuster, interviewed by Izzie:
How long have you been in Second Life?
What is your job? How long have you been doing it?
I am a Track official at the NRRA and have been doing it for about 8 months
A little back ground of you place of work. What do they do? How long have been doing it for?
The NRRA is sl’s Premium Drag Racing strip, we hold drag races just like in RL..with some pretty large linden pots..I have been here at the track for 1 year and doing my job as a track official for 8 months.
How did you get into that field of work?
My partner who has since passed away took me to the NRRA he was their graphics person at the time. I was hooked from the second I learned how to race.
Do you need any specific requirements to do what you do?
You need to know how to race and have a pretty good understanding of the rules of drag racing on SL and at the NRRA
Do you have a regular salary? If so how much is that?
No, not a regular salary, we get paid by tips and part of the racers entrance fee which is 125L also goes to the host (Head Official) for the night. Some racers can be very generous so some nights you can walk away with 500L
Do you have any tips or words of wisdom to give newbies who are interested in becoming a part of Sl’s growing Car and Drag Racing Organisation?
I would tell them be patient, come down and get on the demo bike and practice we are all there to help you if you need it..any questions any track official can answer, and if they can’t answer they are willing to find the answer for you. It is also important that when you are being trained that you listen and not get frustrated, after you learn how to race it is fun and can make you some linden.
Tresbon TooCool, interviewed by Morphman:
What is your job at the NRRA racing track?
Well i race of course but i also do the graphic work including photo and car textures.
I also build stuff including that 3 story sim wide showroom and stage and some car parts.
Nina does a great job on the cars. going from an empty shell to the nice cars that you saw in the showroom.
How did you get into that line of work?
lol, To be honest I don’t even know. I think I made a sign for Nina, then more signs, then eventually I did logos and other stuff while Scrap was busy painting the cars.
How did you first hear of the racing community?
I had a friend that was a dj at the track. I wasn’t interested in it at the time. My path to the NRRA is an odd one.
It all started with me having a Harley Davidson motorbike, it wasnt allowed on a sim so i went to find another bike. I ran into this guy from London and he showed me his cars including a top fuel. I saw the Bugatti and bought that and 2 bikes, then a few other cars.
I hopped on the track and it was a blast, but i could only get it to 9th gear and I wanted to see how fast it could go and found myself at the NRRA. My car didn’t have the settings so this girl named Larrisa taught me how to drag race. I joined Speed 4 Pleasure racing team and has been there ever since.
You have been helping us out a lot when we have been at the track, do you do this for everyone?
Oh yes, if you hit the sim I will teach you how to drag race.
I think its something that everybody should try out at least once. It’s funny how something so simple can give you an adrenaline rush.
At NRRA we try to keep things fresh instead of the same old thing over and over again. The other thing is that people don’t think about it but driving is an actual job. The amount of the pots have paid tiers for some. We have one race that pays a nice amount of lindens just to move on to the next round.
How often do you have races with cash prizes?
Minimum twice a day. We’ve done as many as 8 races in a day.
There’s an entrance fee of 125L$ that pays for the pot. NRRA people are a generous bunch so we often add to the pot.
Weve had over 20k in donations alone some races, that’s not too shabby.
What do you have to do to become a member of a drag racing team?
Well, most teams recruit, but since i train a lot i try to see if the other teams need people. If you have a group you can also start a team yourself and that can be lucrative for the team owner.
I’m always looking for groups to come on down to the track.
What does it take to become a pro drag racer according to you?
Okay, to me, I think it’s consistency. If you get consistent at hitting that reaction time (rt) of under .05 seconds you are a pro
I will give you a good example. There’s a drag racer that was trained within minutes he was constantly doing .04s, he did 7 in a row.
Luager, another official, and I were standing there like whoaaa. He eventually started doing .02s. within 24 hrs he took 1st place.
Everybody has a chance to win with practice
Can you still profit from racing if you don’t have the reactions for racing yourself?
Here’s the thing, all the races aren’t open pro. Races like comp elim, gasser and others work on a slow 3 light system, so you can get a better chance of timing with those. Everybody can earn a 500L$ commission.
What do you need to start racing?
An NRRA car
There are a few cheaper cars allowed but if you want the best you pay for it.
Do you have any tips for newbies that want to become drag racers?
Like Nike just do it
All they have to do is ask to trained