Dixon confident after posting lowest ET on final test pass

PHOENIX (Jan. 17) - Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite Team packed up their things and headed for home Wednesday after posting their best run of the National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway. Dixon's lap of 4.60 seconds at 290 mph was...

PHOENIX (Jan. 17) - Larry Dixon and the Miller Lite Team packed up their things and headed for home Wednesday after posting their best run of the National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway.

Dixon's lap of 4.60 seconds at 290 mph was his best during testing and provided Crew Chief Dick LaHaie with enough data to make him feel confident enough to end testing and head back to Don Prudhomme's Snake Racing shop in Vista, CA.

Throughout the time trials, Dixon and crew proved to be the most consistent car as they showed the most success in launching the car, getting to half-track and shutting down with strong incremental numbers and additional data that will help when the NHRA 2001 season starts in Pomona, CA (Feb. 1-4).

"Last year we went into testing without a baseline tune up for the car, but this year has been different," said Dixon. "This year we came in with a baseline that we had already been running for a year, so we were able to focus on the performance of the car and getting it down the racetrack. Last year was so much different for us because we didn't have the time to get a baseline set up, and we didn't get all of the parts we needed in time from the manufacturers. We came here this year looking to improve on our engine combination and we succeeded in doing so. It was real nice to not have to make all those runs under so much pressure and to not feel like we needed to run the wheels off the car."

With the Miller Lite Team's good results in Phoenix, Dixon will not be traveling to Tucson this weekend where many other teams will be heading for additional testing. The season kicks off Feb. 1-4 with the 41st Annual Autozone Winternationals at Pomona, CA.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Don Prudhomme , Dick LaHaie