I know a thing or two about pre-race jitters, and how easy it is to make mistakes when you’re in the zone. Things get better with time, and you stress a whole lot less about making stupid mistakes. I’m guessing it was the Firebird driver’s first time at the track, which is why he forgot that you can’t stage a car off the rear wheel. No problem, we all make mistakes, but it’s an epic fail when the light goes green.
I hope the guy in the ‘Bird learned from his mistake, and that he’s now tearing up the quarter mile. In case this wasn’t his first time at the track, and if he hasn’t gotten more proficient at launching his car, let me offer this piece of old school driving instructor wisdom: Other Sports Beckon.