Im not sure if 17's would be the best for a drag race wheel/tire.
Always read stiff or short sidewalls hurt straight line traction. The 50 series 17's were really tall. the stock SVT size (215/45/17) is already taller than the stock 16" tire size (205/50/16). I would go with a smaller wheel, 15's would give you a really nice selection of tires and would/could weigh a bit less than the 17's. a 16 will be a nice middleground and you can find cheap aftermarket wheels in 16x7 that weigh 16-17lbs (rota, etc.)
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