But the Pro Mod has a short wheel base with a suspension.On a good run you don’t really know you have a suspension.
Now Troxel, a self-described adrenaline junkie who got started while working for her father’s team, is on a hectic, challenging and sometimes literally bumpy track.
But getting back to the pro classes is not necessarily the number one goal.
By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer Racin Concord, N. “Logic says that the better cars are the ones that make the Countdown and that have been running well all season,” she said of her chances in this weekend’s O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. We’re just going out for the win.” The sensation of the 2006 season when she became the first driver to appear in five consecutive championship finals while driving a Top Fuel rail, Troxel is on her way back to running regularly in the nitro ranks.
The Funny Car driver may not be in the ranks of the Countdown to One, but that hasn’t reduced her resolve.
“I think the feeling (for the European races) to me is a little bit like when I was coming up through the sportsman ranks,” she said.
The fans are appreciative and friendly in Europe, but the drag strips are not like the perfectly smooth FIA-sanctioned road racing circuits.
Despite winning two of her first races in the Top Fuel division for Don Schumacher Racing during a breakout 2006 season, Troxel’s sponsorship went away.
She had an option to stay with one of drag racing’s most successful teams, but elected to leave.
On any weekened after at least one run afterwards I say to myself, ‘If I had stayed with that a little longer I would have crashed.'” Although she smoked her tires in her first qualifying run, Troxel likes her chances in the Funny Car in Charlotte. “What hinders us is not running every weekend,” said Troxel.