Testing progressing nicely for both of Troxel's cars
PALM BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 10) -- It took a little longer than Melanie Troxel and her R2B2 Racing crew may have liked, but the rebuilt In-N-Out Burger Toyota Camry Funny Car finally is making quick runs during testing.
After several days of short bursts, her matte black test car finally made a full run at Palm Beach International Raceway. It was the eureka moment for crew chief Aaron Brooks, team owner Roger Burgess, and Troxel.
"There wasn't much to talk about the first two days we were here," Troxel said. "Then we ran a 4.24 second pass and followed it up with a 4.15. Now we're running consistently in the 4.10 range with the goal of getting it down into the 4.0s.
"The 4.10 at 310 mph was as good as we ran all year in 2010."
Over the winter, the team completely overhauled the In-N-Out Burger machine and switched to Toyota bodies. It's meant some long hours for the crew and significant time during the Florida test getting the bugs out of the configuration. Even though that 4.24 wasn't a world-beating ET, Troxel said it was a major turning point for the team.
"Ever since that 4.24, we've made full funs every time," Troxel said. "We've become quicker and faster every time since that run. We're still tweaking on it. We were having troubles really early on in the racetrack, so getting the first full run was a good feeling.
"But knew we weren't going to scare anybody running a 4.24, so to follow it up with a 4.15 and a 4.10 is what we needed."
Troxel is not only running a full season of Funny Car in 2011, but will also be running a full year in the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series. Preapring for double duty on race days has also meant Troxel has been pulling double duty during testing.
Adding an interesting twist to the mix is a new rule aimed at achieving competitive balance in the Pro Mod series that has reduced the supercharger power out of the blown cars, thereby creating extra challenges for the ProCare Rx crew during testing.
"I've made about five runs in the Pro Mod car," Troxel said. "My best there was a 5.88. We've gone from 20 percent on the blower to 14 percent. That's a big change, and they are trying to find ways to be competitive with this new combination."
The NHRA Full Throttle Series season gets under way on Feb. 24-27 at the 51st annual Kragen O'Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Calif.