Hot Rod Magazine’s Drag Week is the most grueling drag racing event held on the planet. Participants travel to and drag race down five drag strips in five days, traversing 300-400 miles in between to get to the next track. It’s indeed a grueling undertaking because you have to drive and race the same car, and if you have any mechanical maladies causing you to put the car on a trailer, it’s game over..
Since Tom Bailey is a past Drag Week Unlimited class champion, he knows how to put together a winning combination, and his new Sick Seconds 2.0, which was unveiled to the public at the Detroit Autorama over the weekend, represents an effort to crush the five-second zone in competition.
Though the original Sick Seconds ’69 Camaro was more of a “stock-bodied” effort, Sick Seconds 2.0 isn’t holding back any punches. The body is more streamlined for improved aerodynamics, and the car itself is more aggressive from an exterior and performance standpoint. The engine is a Steve Morris-built 615-inch big block Chevy with a pair of 94mm turbos aimed at making in the neighborhood of 4,000 horsepower. However, the car will have the things you long for on Drag Week, like power windows, cup holders, and a Gear Vendors overdrive, of course. In a nutshell, Sick Seconds 2.0 is designed to be a street-worthy Pro Mod.
When people see the car on the street, they’ll see the paint scheme over the Joe Van Overbeek carbon fiber body first and foremost. The scheme was voted on via Facebook, and makes Sick Seconds 2.0 look…well, totally sick. The paint is a Stingray Garage PPG Envirobase with a Pfaff Designs graphic treatment.
Underneath the sick exterior, the car features a Skinny Kid tube chassis, which will have its work cut out for it on Drag Week. Weld Racing wheels with Mickey Thompson and Hoosier tires will be the rubber that meets the road on the long journey between tracks. “Our goal is to run 300 mph in the standing mile, and 5.50 in the quarter-mile. And we will drive it home,” Bailey says.