I can still remember trying to figure out, if the rocker arm pushes down on the push rod, what is that pushing on, and what does that do. Securing sponsorship is the toughest job in racing and this economy has only made that harder.
Even though women are the major driving force in most purchases, it is a struggle to get the people in charge of marketing dollars to commit those resources towards women in racing. Eventually, I would like to own my own mulit-car team.
Coming up through the ranks, she competed in 5 different NHRA sportsman classes.
Her amateur career culminated in a number 2 finish in the NHRA national points standings for the Top Alcohol Dragster class with numerous event wins and track titles.
“I don’t have any regrets about the decisions I’ve made,” said Troxel, who remains characteristically upbeat and optimistic. The older I get the more I’ve learned to appreciate the rest of the picture.Melanie the daughter of 1988 NHRA Alcohol Dragster world champion Mike Troxel, Melanie grew up at the races.While still in high school, Melanie received class credit for rebuilding the engine she would use in her first race car.I remember the realization that this could be a career, my dad had always done it as a hobby.Once I realized that I was an adrenaline junkie, I never considered anything else. When I was probably 12 or 13 I started helping out with the family race car.