PHOENIX (Jan. 14) - Crew Chief Dick LaHaie's consistency has already shown this season as test sessions meant to try and test new components have resulted in several low 4.60-second runs for Larry Dixon and Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite ...
PHOENIX (Jan. 14) - Crew Chief Dick LaHaie's consistency has already shown this season as test sessions meant to try and test new components have resulted in several low 4.60-second runs for Larry Dixon and Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Dragster.
The only Top Fuel driver to make it down the quartermile on Saturday (4.61 seconds), Dixon came out Sunday with a pair of 4.60-second runs (4.62 at 261 mph) and (4.63 at 279 mph) while the team continues to put its new inventory of parts to the test.
"We are pretty much still doing the same things as yesterday," said Dixon. "We are not making full passes and are continuing to test our new components. We have been fortunate to get the car down the track a couple of times while we try different engine and clutch components. Our goal is still to pick up our performance over last season and things are going the way we want it to and we are getting some stuff done."
Things are going so well for the MIller Lite Team that Dixon and crew may not opt to travel to Tucson next weekend for additional testing. "As it stands right now, we probably won't go to Tucson. That's how far ahead we are right now of where we expected to be, but we still need to do all we can to get ready in time for Pomona."
One new twist to the Miller Lite Team this season is the addition of crew member Shawn Ford. Ford, whose brother Nick works on Snake Racing teammate Ron Capps' Skoal Racing Funny Car, takes over bottom end duties for Aaron Brooks who left during the off season.
"The addition of Shawn has really been a non-factor in terms of slowing down the crew," said Dixon. "The guys are all working together as well as always. Shawn is learning fast and I know that we will be in excellent shape."
LaHaie, Dixon and the Miller Lite Team plan to stay at least through Monday for additional test runs and parts evaluation. The 2001 NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series kicks off Feb. 1-4 at the 41st Annual Autozone Winternationals in Pomona, CA.
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