Daniel Flores sat in his 2006 Chevrolet Corvette, anticipating the green light.
The 28-year-old from Fort Worth revved his engine and took off as fast as he could.
But Flores was not worried about being caught by police. He wasn't concerned about injuries.
He didn't have to be.
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Flores was at Texas Motor Speedway, where driving fast is legal and medical assistance is close at hand.
"I want to live until at least 70 and that's one of the reasons why I want to race up here as opposed to in the streets," Flores said.
When racing aficionados such as Flores arrive at the safe haven that is Texas Motor Speedway, they can drive their vehicles as fast and as many times as they want to. Legally, of course.
The event is called Friday Night Drags, or Drag and Brag, and it will occur every Friday night through Aug 12. Since 2009, Friday Night Drags has seen 742 drivers participate. Most drivers are in their late teens or early 20s, but some have been as old as 65.
The event started in 2009 as a way to get drag racing off city streets. Texas Motor Speedway converts its pit road into an eighth-mile drag strip for the event.
"The atmosphere here is good," Flores said "It is something that not a lot people can say, which is to be able to stay in the pit where the actual NASCAR drivers are and also race where they race. When you buy tickets to watch the NASCAR drivers race you can say, 'I know how that feels.'"
Kyle Kessler, 22, of Fort Worth, said getting to race at Texas Motor Speedway attracted him to start racing during Friday Night Drags.
"It's cool to race up here because you have an audience and you don't get caught by police and you don't have to all meet up somewhere in the city," said Kessler, who has been racing for two years at Friday Night Drags.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic wrecks are the primary cause of death for people between 15 and 20. In the United States, 135 people die annually in street racing-related accidents.
"This is better than losing control on the highway, or hitting someone's property or killing someone," Flores said. "At least here you have a wall to stop you and it is not reckless."
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price raced Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne on Friday to help promote the event.
"This is about stopping illegal street racing and getting our kids out for something they can do and enjoy and something they can be proud of," Price said.
Van Duyne, who beat Price two out of three times, said the program's set-up is great.
"Street racing might seem like a fun idea at the time because you don't really think of the consequences," Van Duyne said. "But the fact is that you never know when you're going to lose control of your car and the choices that you make last a life time, and to do it in a safe, controlled area is so much smarter."