Every Friday, the Texas Motor Speedway hosts an event in coordination with Universal Technical Institute (UTI) called Friday Night Drags: an eighth-mile sprint where participants can earn awards and look to take home the divisional crown after six weeks of bracketing. Anyone can partake, as long as they’re not driving an electric car.
As it turns out, UTI Friday Night Drags has decided to ban electric vehicles from competing in the racing festivities. Despite what many will say, event officials claim it isn’t because of a perceived acceleration advantage, but because of the risk of somewhat uncontrollable battery fires.
Event organizers for the Texas Motor Speedway simply don’t have the means to combat an electric vehicle fire should a catastrophic accident occur.
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