About 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. She competed in many different classes coming up through the ranks. 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 has raced at the premier levels of drag racing for over a decade in her professional career. Regularly reaching speeds over 330 mph, Melanie considers herself a bit of an adrenaline junkie.  Winning major events in each of the professional  classes competed in, she established herself as one of the most versatile drivers in the sport. Recently she moved back home to her native Colorado and is working in real estate, although she hasn’t ruled out a return to the sport.  

Melanie enjoys snowboarding, cooking, hiking 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 who are road warriors themselves.


9 wins and 25 final round appearances
•1 of only 14 drivers ever to win in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes
•The only driver to win in TF, FC and Promod
•Current national record holder for elapsed time and speed in the Promod class
•Led the Top Fuel points for over half of the 2006 season
•Nominated for 2 ESPY awards in 2006, Best Driver, Female Athlete
•Women’s Sports Foundation “Sportswoman of The Year” 2006
•Owned MTI, inc., Manufacturer of tools for the racing industry
•Won AAA’s Road to The Future award 2000
•Finalist for Rookie of The Year award 2000
•Racer Magazine’s most promising new driver 2000
•2nd Place finish in Alcohol Dragster Championship 1999
•Division 6 Champion 1999
•Eight time NHRA Alcohol Dragster event winner

Top Fuel Win, 2006, Las Vegas

Top Fuel Dallas 2006