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Yas Drag Racing Academy

Do you know how the timing system works on a drag strip? What about the burnout? Discover the ins and outs of professional drag racing whilst having fun on the track and staying safe.

Over the course of a weekend, Yas Drag Racing Academy chief instructor will take you through the essentials of drag racing, sharpen your skills and take you to the next level.

  • Receive National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) certification and compete in NHRA-sanctioned drag races in the UAE and internationally
  • Develop a sound knowledge of racing procedures and equipment
  • Drive one of our four top-of-the-line YAS SuperComp Dragsters. These world championship race cars are used exclusively for student training
  • Go on to participate in our Pro Drag Racing Series

Since its launch in 2011, the Yas Drag Racing Academy has been turning motorsports enthusiasts into professional drag racers. It was established in answer to a need for a world-class drag training school in the Middle East, as the popularity of motorsports and drag racing competitions increases regionally.

The Yas Drag Racing Academy is one of only two National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned drag racing schools in the world offering professional certification. This means anyone that passes our programme can compete in drag racing competitions internationally.

What to expect

The Yas Drag Racing Academy license course runs over two days (10 hours in total). Each course accommodates 4-6 students.

Day 1: In-Class & In-Car

Day 1 focuses on theory, with discussions on the anatomy of the drag racing car from transmission to the steering wheel and parachute. By the end of the day, you’ll be suited up and seated in the race car, getting the hang of gauges and the switch panel. You’ll also complete a drag racing Blindfold Test that will challenge your knowledge before you receive the keys to the engine. 

Day 2: In-Car

Following a summary of the previous day’s lesson, you’ll be buckled into a SuperComp dragster for your turn behind the wheel. The package includes six runs between 60m and 305m, and two runs at 402m. (Note: we find that most students need to complete more than this number, comes at an additional fee.) After completing the final two flawless runs of 402m, you’ll receive your official NHRA license.

How to book

Book your Yas Drag Racing Academy course online or call us on 800 YAS (927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800 to check for availability and to make a booking.

Related Experiences

Private drag racing lessons are also available. Email drag@ymc.ae  or call us on 800 YAS (927) or +971 (0) 2 659 9800 for more information.

How to get here

Come to Yas Marina Circuit West Gate 20 entrance, where you will be directed to Yas Central.  

Get Directions or download maps.

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