DIXON ENDS TESTING AT O.R.P WITH 4.571-SECOND BLAST CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 23, 2006) & ...
DIXON ENDS TESTING AT O.R.P WITH 4.571-SECOND BLAST
CLERMONT, Ind. (Aug. 23, 2006) Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon and his Don "the Snake" Prudhomme-owned Miller Lite Top Fuel team concluded two days of testing Wednesday at storied O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis as the veteran Top Fuel pilot powered to a 4.571-second elapsed time.
Making just one pass on the first day of testing at the historic Indianapolis-area quarter mile, the three-time Mac Tools U.S. Nationals winner (1995, 2001, '05) used a tune-up from the tuning brain trust of Don Bender and Todd Smith to card a run of 4.592 seconds at 323.27 mph. The team made just one run after competing a day earlier at Memphis Motorsports Park.
On the second day of the two-day professional test session, the 38-time NHRA winner raced to a run of 4.652 at just 288.87 after clicking off early on his first attempt, and under the lights at O.R.P., he drove his Miller Lite/Lucas Oil rail to a performance of 4.571 at 322.19 to conclude testing. Dixon and the blue crew were trying some new pieces on the dragster during Wednesday's testing action as they gear up for "The Big Go" and the final six races of the 2006 NHRA season.
"We came in here wanting to work on our night setup," Dixon said. "I think we proved that we can get down the track in the daytime. Now, it's a matter of making it on the night runs. On our two runs at night, we ran a 4.59 and 4.57, but we still have some work to do. We're definitely ahead from coming here and testing.
"Indy is a big race and, of course, we want to do well. We'd like to run tomorrow, but that's not an option. We'll go back to the shop and calculate the data we have and come back next week and try and do well."
The team will now return to its nearby Brownsburg, Ind. race shop to gear up for the 52nd running of the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Aug. 30-Sept. 4, at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Combined, Dixon and Prudhomme have earned 10 U.S. Nationals "Wally" trophies.