Indy ORP: Melanie Troxel final report

Troxel's unscheduled stop yields positive results for the R2B2 team in Indy INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6) -- Second-generation drag racer Melanie Troxel raced her R2B2 Funny Car to a quarterfinal finish at the 56th running of the Mac Tools U.S....

Troxel's unscheduled stop yields positive results for the R2B2 team in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6) -- Second-generation drag racer Melanie Troxel raced her R2B2 Funny Car to a quarterfinal finish at the 56th running of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

"We're definitely very pleased that, for the first time in a while, we feel like the program is heading in the right direction," Troxel said.

Team owner Richard Burgess knew his squad needed to step it up if they were going to more competitive in the very tough Funny Class, so he made the executive decision to bring Richard Hogan to the R2B2 team to help crew chief Lance Larsen.

"We brought on Richard and it hasn't been an immediate turnaround but we're seeing progress," Troxel said. "We ran a 4.14 in qualifying and a 4.13 in the first round. We haven't quite got all the intricacies of our new set-up down yet but we're getting there."

The R2B2 team is feeling very confident coming out of Indy since their numbers are starting to become more competitive and consistent.

"We're all excited to go to the next race because we feel like we have a program we can work with now," Troxel said. "We're getting closer. There's a lot of cars running 4.0s and we do need to get there eventually but we're starting to run better numbers when we get down the track."

Even though Troxel's Funny Car smoked the tires in the second round, she has faith in her tuners and knows they are constantly learning from each pass down the track.

"When the car smokes the tires like that Lance and Richard immediately see what changes they want to make on the car," Troxel said. "It's talking to us now."

Burgess brought Troxel's Funny Car to Indy without primary sponsorship and funded the weekend out of his own pocket. The team made the unscheduled stop to the U.S. Nationals in an effort to make some big improvements before the team heads west, where their primary sponsor is based.

"Part of the idea of running Indy is getting the program turned around for when we do get to In-N-Out markets in Dallas, Vegas, and Pomona," Troxel said.

The next scheduled stop for Troxel and the R2B2 Funny Car will be the Texas Motorplex in Dallas on September 23-26, where they will be flying the In-N-Out colors.

-source: r2b2 racing

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Drivers Melanie Troxel