Drag Race Dilemma

The Puzzler

RAY: This may come as a shock to many of you, but a few months ago, Tommy and I each went out and bought identical sports cars because we like to drag race. At the same time, we also went out and bought cell phones.

TOM: If you can't beat them, join them. I got it.

RAY: Right. We're going to drive like nuts and we're going to talk on the cell phone.

Well, one day -- the hottest day of last summer in fact -- I'm driving along in my new sports car and I come to a traffic light. I've got the windows up, the air conditioning on and the stereo turned up full blast...and who should pull up next to me? Tommy. He's a hot weather freak, so he doesn't have the AC on. In fact, he's got all the windows open, the sun roof open, and the stereo playing full blast.

I call him on the cell phone and say, "You want to drag race to the next light?" He says, "Of course!" The light turns green, we both floor it.

Now, assuming that the cars and our driving skills are identical, the question is: Who wins the race and why?

Think you know? Drop Ray a note!

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