TROXEL AND ASHLEY HAVE MIXED RESULTS DURING DAY ONE IN POMONA POMONA, Calif. (February 7, 2008) -- Gotham City Racing teammates Melanie Troxel and Mike Ashley had mixed results during the first day of qualifying at the CARQUEST Auto Parts ...
TROXEL AND ASHLEY HAVE MIXED RESULTS DURING DAY ONE IN POMONA
POMONA, Calif. (February 7, 2008) -- Gotham City Racing teammates Melanie Troxel and Mike Ashley had mixed results during the first day of qualifying at the CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. today. In her first-ever Funny Car qualifying pass, Troxel recorded a 4.900/316.45-pass to grab the provisional No. 8 qualifying spot, while teammate and team co-owner Mike Ashley's matching ProCare RX Dodge Charger R/T failed to fire on the starting line, netting no numbers.
After struggling to get down the track in pre-season testing, Troxel said she very pleased with her run.
"That felt a whole lot better than the tire-shaking, teeth-rattling runs we made in Phoenix [at pre-season testing]. Brian and Mark Oswald and the guys really gave me a great hot rod, and, thanks to [team owners] Mike Ashley and Roger Burgess, we've got everything we need to be competitive this season," Troxel said.
"There were so many details to get taken care of in order for us to get this ProCare Rx Charger to this point, I am glad we got such a good lap. Both of these cars are brand new, so, while I'm disappointed for Mike, I know the team will get him going tomorrow," she said.
Ashley said, "We just made the decision to run this car here last Wednesday, and at that point, the car wasn't even put together. The guys have been working so hard, and my crew chiefs Aaron Brooks and Rod Centorbi made the call on the line not to push it, knowing that we have three more chances to qualify.
"I totally respect them and I've got complete confidence that I'll be in the show come Sunday," he said.