Melanie Troxel Phoenix test 2008-01-26

Day Two in Testing nets Positive Results for Troxel CHANDLER, Ariz. (January 26, 2008) - After battling with ignition problems for two days of testing at the NHRA National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., ProCare...

Day Two in Testing nets Positive Results for Troxel

CHANDLER, Ariz. (January 26, 2008) - After battling with ignition problems for two days of testing at the NHRA National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., ProCare Rx driver Melanie Troxel and the Gotham City Racing team discovered the culprit and, according to crew chief Brian Corradi, "got our hot rod back."

Corradi explained, "We found the ignition problem that's been plaguing us since we pulled in the gate, and on that last run, we knew we were right back where we ended the season in Pomona.

"It's spot on," Corradi said.

Under the sunny mid-day skies, Troxel again shook the tires like she had all day Friday. After identifying the ignition problems, the Gotham City crew breathed a sigh of relief when the Dodge Charger delivered a solid launch and 60-foot performance before the tires started to haze into tire shake.

"I'm getting lots of seat time, which was one of my goals coming into testing," Troxel said. "The last run it was too aggressive and the tires shook - which was equally as bad as far as the shaking, but this is a much better problem to have.

"We just need to back it down a bit and then we should be able to get down the track, tomorrow or Monday," she said.

Local weather forecasts call for rain showers all day Sunday and Sunday night, clearing mid-morning on Monday. Troxel and the crew said the forecasts didn't dampen their spirits, however.

"All the seat time I've had so far has given me greater comfort level in the car. It's starting to feel more normal to me, and that's exactly what I wanted to accomplish before we went out to the actual races. We still have a lot of days testing to work things out, so I'm happy," Troxel said.

-credit: gcr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel