DIXON DRIVES MILLER LITE RAIL TO NO. 9 SPOT FRIDAY AT INDY CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 2, 2005) - Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon raced his Miller Lite dragster to the No. 9 qualifying position Friday at Indianapolis Raceway Park as ...
DIXON DRIVES MILLER LITE RAIL TO NO. 9 SPOT FRIDAY AT INDY
CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 2, 2005) - Two-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Larry Dixon raced his Miller Lite dragster to the No. 9 qualifying position Friday at Indianapolis Raceway Park as qualifying for the 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals began at the famed Indiana drag strip.
On the first of five scheduled qualifying attempts, the 37-time NHRA Top Fuel winner powered his Miller Lite/Ameriquest rail to a performance of 4.615 seconds at 291.51 mph, the ninth quickest pass of the opening session. There were 26 Top Fuel cars that made qualifying attempts on Friday evening under the lights at I.R.P.
"I believe the game plan was to try and run a low to mid-4.50," Dixon said. "Those are the numbers that we ran here in testing last week. The motor put a cylinder out early in the run and that's the same trouble that we had a Memphis (Tenn.). Then, towards the finish line, the parachute backing failed and the chute came out early. The dropped cylinder probably affected the E.T. by five to six hundredths (of-a-second) and the parachute another three to four hundredths (of-a-second)."
Dixon and Don "the Snake" Prudhomme's Miller Lite/Lucas Oil team aim to improve their qualifying position when qualifying for the prestigious event continues with sessions scheduled for 3 and 7:30 p.m. at I.R.P. Dixon is a two-time winner of the Nationals (1995, 2001).