Phoenix: Melanie Troxel preview

Troxel confident heading into Phoenix CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 19, 2008) - After running top speed in her class at the Winternationals in Pomona two weeks ago along with a stellar No. 3 qualifying effort in just her first race as a Funny Car ...

Troxel confident heading into Phoenix

CHANDLER, Ariz. (February 19, 2008) - After running top speed in her class at the Winternationals in Pomona two weeks ago along with a stellar No. 3 qualifying effort in just her first race as a Funny Car driver, Melanie Troxel said she is anxious to hit the track in her ProCare Rx Dodge Charger R/T at this weekend's Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz.

Troxel was eliminated first round in Pomona when her car smoked the tires in her match against fellow rookie Bob Tasca III, and after the disappointing first outing, the Gotham City Racing team headed to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for testing to improve their performance and setup on the car.

"We had a great test session in Vegas, and like I've said before, every lap I get to take gives me just that much more experience in a Funny Car, and I feel more and more comfortable every day," Troxel said.

"Brian [Corradi] and Mark [Oswald, crew chiefs] found some things in the clutch setup, and everyone on the team was extremely happy with the results of our time up there," she said.

Last year in Top Fuel, Troxel was runner-up at the Phoenix event, and she said she is very comfortable on the track that others have called unpredictable.

"I've had really good success at this track, and I think that gives me an edge coming into this weekend. We tested her in January, and I got a lot of seat time, and coming off last week's tests I'm really positive about our performance coming up," she said.

-credit: www.GothamCityRacing.com.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Melanie Troxel , Bob Tasca III