Madison, IL

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Part of the festivities of any Hot Rod Power Tour is drag racing. And drag racing means burnouts. Mix a generous parts of raw horsepower and "tires to burn" with a little water and the results are smokin'! The students of the Engineering Science and Technologies department at Parkland College treated the crowd to a spectacular burn out at the Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois with their student-maintained drag car, "The Learning Curve."

The Learning Curve . . . is a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu with a upgraded 500 horse powered 6.0L GM engine with a TH400 trans, 4.11:1 gear ratio and Moser axle. The racecar is a green machine running on E85 fuel with a fastest run time in a 1/8-mile drag race of 7.04 seconds.[1]

I caught The Learning Curve in action, burning the tires at Gateway:

Gateway Motorsports Park
Gateway Motorsports Park
The Learning Curve 01
The Learning Curve 01
The Learning Curve 02
The Learning Curve 02
The Learning Curve 03
The Learning Curve 03
The Learning Curve 04
The Learning Curve 04
The Learning Curve 05
The Learning Curve 05

[1] "Motor Sports Program a great way for students to enjoy EST." www.prospectusnews.com. Accessed on June 5, 2012. For more on Parkland and The Learning Curve, click here.