The key is in the home stretch after the turn. The GT500 had a lot of ground to make up, because in both races the M4 jumped out to an immediate lead due to its awesome launch ability. In fact, in both Race 1 and Race 2, the M4 reached 60 mph in a blistering 3.4 seconds while it took the GT500 4.7 seconds and 4.4 seconds, respectively.
But the GT500 chased the M4 down after that, blasting through the quarter-mile and entering the turn hot on the M4's heels. Impressive braking and handling around the cone allowed the Ford to get into its formidable power quickly on the back straight, where it rocketed toward the start/finish line and didn't look back. In both races, the GT500 crossed the line at a thundering 143.2 mph. The fastest finishing speed for the M4 was 134 mph.
That may sound like a blowout victory. But at these speeds, the margins are razor-thin. Despite being significantly faster across the line, the GT500 won Race 1 by 0.3 second. It won Race 2 by 0.1 second despite posting a final time of 30.9 seconds — the best we've seen at U-Drags so far.