Most of the high hp drag cars (1000 hp+) use automatic trans. 'cuz that's the only way they can get the power to the ground plus they dont have to worry about blowing a clutch. Last yr on supertuner tv they had a 1000+ hp Supra and it had a two or three speed automatic tranny & it was dominating it's class. I think it was the VENOM Supra
Ok, but how many horsepower does the Celica have?
You are comparing apples to oranges. Anyone who gets an N/A automatic four banger is obviously not worried about Performance.
And no shit, autos are better for dragging, but that's only if the car has enough horsepower, and enough gears.
Oh, and the reason that most high horsepower cars have auto trannys is not because a clutch would blow under a heavy load (know something about it before you post), but because an after-market torque converter can do a lot more than a clutch can with a car with that much horsepower.
And they can get the power to the ground with a clutch, if they use a clutch that can handle the amount of torque that the car produces. Horsepower is not the deciding factor in how well a clutch can hold.
And the reason that those cars had only three gears or so is because when you have a car with that much horsepower, it would be pointless to have more gears because the transmission or the driver (depending on if it was an auto or manual) would have to shift every second or so because it would accelerate too fast. That in turn would slow the car down.
So don't try and compare an auto 1000+ HP car to an auto Celica.