Melanie Troxel

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.  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.

Melanie enjoys snowboarding, cooking and traveling when time allows.  She is an animal lover and enjoys any activity that allows her to spend time with them. She has two dogs, Peanut and Rottie. They are road warriors themselves, traveling to as many races as possible in the motorhome.

  1. 9 wins and 25 final round appearances

  2. 1 of only 14 drivers ever to win in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes

    1. The only driver to win in TF, FC and Promod

    2. Current national record holder for elapsed time and speed in the Promod class

    3. Led the Top Fuel points for over half of the 2006 season

    4. Nominated for 2 ESPY awards in 2006, Best Driver, Female Athlete

    5. Driver of The Year, 1st Quarter

    6. Women’s Sports Foundation “Sportswoman of The Year” 2006

    7. Career best elapsed time and MPH

  3.         4.042 seconds ET in 1000 ft - 313 MPH

        4.45 seconds ET in 1320 ft - 332 MPH

  1. Owned MTI, inc., Manufacturer of tools for the racing industry

  2. Won AAA’s Road to The Future award 2000

  3. Finalist for Rookie of The Year award 2000

  4. Racer Magazine’s most promising new driver 2000

  5. 2nd Place finish in Alcohol Dragster Championship 1999

  6. Division 6 Champion 1999

  7. Eight time NHRA Alcohol Dragster event winner

  8. Multiple track records held

  9. Lyn St’ James Driver Development graduate

  10. ESPN color commentator and pit reporter

  11. Competed in NASCAR late model stock car series

  12. Skip Barber racing school graduate