In-N-Out Burger racer Troxel heading into sponsor's home territory POMONA, Calif. -- For Melanie Troxel and the In-N-Out Burger Funny Car team, this weekend's 46th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals is going to be equal parts reunion and race. The...
In-N-Out Burger racer Troxel heading into sponsor's home territory
POMONA, Calif. -- For Melanie Troxel and the In-N-Out Burger Funny Car team, this weekend's 46th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals is going to be equal parts reunion and race.
The team will not just be looking for victory in the In-N-Out Burger Dodge Charger R/T, but the end of an incredible first with the legendary West Coast burger giant on the car.
"Our races in Southern California will see us get the most In-N-Out Burger guests all year long," Troxel said. "We're headed back to the same track where we first ran for them this year, and where I first ran a car for them ever in the late 1990s in a Top Alcohol Dragster."
Troxel said it's been a joy to share the pride that people who work for In-N-Out Burger have for their company.
"We're having another car display Wednesday night in West Covina, Calif.," she said. "I've always enjoyed working with In-N-Out. Everyone from the corporate employees to the people who work in your local In-N-Out Burger store love working for the company. And the company treats them well.
"You feel that when you meet the employees. They are always proud to tell me which store they work at, and it makes working with the company a lot of fun. This race is so much fun because we get to spend that extra time with them and tell them about what we do. We're all on the same team."
Troxel said that rediscovering the reach this regional chain of restaurants has across the country has been especially satisfying.
"It's something I've known for years," Troxel said. "You can go someplace on the East Coast, get off the plane wearing something with In-N-Out on it and people will stop you and tell you how much they love it.
"They'll even tell which store they go to when they arrive in different cities. People are passionate about these burgers."
On the racing side, Troxel said the team made a big leap forward in Las Vegas, which has energized the entire organization before embarking on racing the whole 2011 season in the Funny Car.
"I'm excited with the way the team is headed," she said. "We started to see the changes that (crew chief) Aaron Brooks is making to the car show up in Las Vegas last time out. The car is running better numbers and it's an exciting time for this R2B2 Racing team."
Since the Get Screened America Pro Mod Series ended its season in Las Vegas, Troxel will be driving just the Funny Car in Pomona.
"You never know what car or bike you might see me on at any given time," Troxel said. "Just running the Funny Car will give me a slower paced weekend, which I appreciate. It's going to allow me to focus on that car and spend time with our friends at In-N-Out."