Dixon Begins Testing For 2005 NHRA Season at Phoenix CHANDLER, Ariz. (Jan. 28, 2005) -- The Arizona desert is where Major League Baseball's Cactus League teams flock each February for spring training when all teams dream of a trip to the Fall ...
Dixon Begins Testing For 2005 NHRA Season at Phoenix
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Jan. 28, 2005) -- The Arizona desert is where Major League Baseball's Cactus League teams flock each February for spring training when all teams dream of a trip to the Fall Classic in October. For the best and brightest of NHRA drag racing, the Valley of the Sun is where race teams prepare for what they hope culminates with an NHRA POWERade championship in early November, something Larry Dixon and Don Prudhomme's Miller Lite Top Fuel team experienced in two of the past three seasons.
Dixon and the Miller Lite/Lucas Oil crew hit the race track for the first time in 2005 Friday at Firebird International Raceway near Phoenix as the National Time Trials kicked-off testing for many NHRA teams. The 35-time NHRA winner made three passes on the same quarter-mile strip where he scored his first career victory in 1995.
Dixon's opening effort of the 2005 season was a planned half-track pass where the Miller Lite dragster powered to a speed in excess of 270 mph (270.05) at the 660-foot mark as Dixon's rail stopped the timers in 5.073 seconds at 188.65 mph. Dixon and the Miller Lite car fought traction issues on Friday's final two passes.
"I think they set the car up soft on the first run so we could go down the track and get some information and it did that," Dixon said. "I think the track is fine. If you talk to (Dick) LaHaie, he'll tell you that and we need to adjust our race car to get down the track."
Dixon and the Miller Lite/Raybestos dragster will resume testing at Firebird Raceway on Saturday and continue testing in preparation for the 2005 NHRA season-opening event (Feb. 10-13) through early next week.