Memphis: Melanie Troxel preview

MEMPHIS MORE OF A TEST SESSION, SAYS TROXEL MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 17, 2005) - Melanie Troxel said she will take in a visit to Beale Street while in Memphis this weekend for the O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals. It should relax her before she ...

MEMPHIS MORE OF A TEST SESSION, SAYS TROXEL

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 17, 2005) - Melanie Troxel said she will take in a visit to Beale Street while in Memphis this weekend for the O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals. It should relax her before she prepares for the expected heat at Memphis Motorsports Park's quarter-mile and competing at night. Her last trip here with NHRA was in 2000, the year she last drove for Don Schumacher Racing.

Troxel returned to the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series' Top Fuel class and to DSR in Denver this year and will complete the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series driving the Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels Top Fuel Dragster before embarking on a full season schedule in 2006.

"I like Memphis," she said. "It's certainly going to be a change in weather from Brainerd last weekend," which saw temperatures in the 70s. "It's a neat town. I enjoy going down to Beale Street, and we've taken the opportunity a couple of times in the past to go through Graceland."

The team, led by tuner Richard Hogan, has been on a whirlwind country-wide tour since Denver (Seattle, Sonoma, Calif., Brainerd, Minn., and now Memphis), with just one weekend off in six weeks to try to regroup and work out the mechanical glitches they've suffered as a new team. There was never time for testing and the team will use Memphis as a test session before the prestigious U.S. Nationals in Indy on Labor Day weekend.

"We need to make the most of the time in Memphis, really have everything worked out, and get our problems solved," said the 32-year-old Denver native. "We probably won't get to run the test session at Indy next week while we change some equipment, so this will kind of be our test session. We need to make the most of it, really have everything worked out, problems solved.

"That doesn't mean we won't by going for a win here," she added. "That is always the No. 1 goal."

While Troxel has qualified for each of the four events so far, mechanical problems have prevented her from claiming her first round win, but she's encouraged by the progress the new team has made and is eager to get on the track in Memphis in the cooler, evening conditions.

"The more runs we can make with the Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels dragster, the more we will learn and the more we'll improve. Once we have the problems fixed like we know we will, it'll be a whole new car."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Don Schumacher