Frank Pedregon Announces Addition of Second Car to Run IHRA Nitro Funny Car Class

FONTANA, CALIFORNIA, NOVEMBER 21, 2005: Frank Pedregon announces plans to add a full, second Mopar Funny Car team to his team in order to compete in the new IHRA Toro Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car class. As an addition to his current operation that is scheduled to run the entire NHRA POWERade series in 2006, Pedregon says a search is underway to identify a driver for the new team.

"I'm taking email applications from interested drivers who can bring substantial funding as part of their deal," Frank Pedregon said. "I am providing a car that is a proven contender - the same car I ran 4.70s in this year. I'll also provide a crew chief and team to attack that series - with the plans of taking home the first championship of the IHRA's new Funny Car Series."

Interested parties can contact Pedregon through SuperHero Productions, a Phoenix, Arizona-based agency. The email address for inquiries is: Pedregon stated that inquiries would only be accepted by email.

"This in no way affects what I am doing in the NHRA," Pedregon emphasized. "I am scheduled to compete in all 23 races this year and I expect to finalize the sponsorship deals for my team any day now."

Pedregon began the 2005 season with plans to run an abbreviated schedule, but was able to secure sponsorship from Toyo Tire Company to finish his season. After a brilliant runner-up finish at the US Nationals in Indianapolis, Pedregon maintained his successful racing, proving to be a challenge to every driver he faced.

"I loved what we were able to accomplish in 2005 - it was a great season. I want to grow this operation and continue to offer opportunities to minorities as well as seasoned drivers. The IHRA will be a perfect place for someone to get their feet wet in this amazing class, and I know our car will be the one to beat," he said.

"The guys at SuperHero are going to manage the driver application process and assure that everything works smoothly. They are top-of-the-line professionals, and I'm glad to have them as a part of our team.

"2006 will be an exciting year for Frank Pedregon Racing. From NHRA to NASCAR and now IHRA - we're definitely going to be making things happen," he said.