TOUGH CONDITIONS FOR TONY PEDREGON IN BRISTOL Bristol, Tenn. (July 8, 2007) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Q Horsepower Funny Car and 2003 NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion had high hopes of winning the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley ...
TOUGH CONDITIONS FOR TONY PEDREGON IN BRISTOL
Bristol, Tenn. (July 8, 2007) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Q Horsepower Funny Car and 2003 NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion had high hopes of winning the O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented Q this past weekend in Bristol, Tenn. A strong, 4.875 e.t. qualifying run placed him 8th in the 16-car Funny Car field.
In Sunday's First Round eliminations, Pedregon was paired with Gary Scelzi. Pedregon was quick off the line (.039 vs. Scelzi's .095 reaction time), but Scelzi pulled away at the 330 ft. mark as Pedregon smoked the tires.
"We had an abbreviated day because we didn't adjust to the extreme conditions good enough," stated Pedregon. "We had an electrical short and lost some of our data. However, when the car looses traction, it points to us not making the right adjustments in the right places."
Half way through the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series 2007 schedule, this team has shown its resiliency. After failing to qualify in Topeka, Pedregon and his Q Horsepower team went on a streak that would elevate them to 3rd in Championship points by moving out of the first round in Chicago, making a final round appearance in Englishtown and earning a top-four finish in Norwalk last weekend.
"We are looking forward to all these consecutive weekends of racing," said Pedregon. "In four days, we'll have an opportunity to make up for it. We'll head to Denver looking for the Winner's Circle and another chance to improve in points. At that altitude, the additional horsepower that Q provides will come in handy."
Pedregon is 4th in points in the NHRA Nitro Funny Car Countdown to the Championship. He'll be looking to continue consistent performance as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series heads to Denver, Colo. for the Mopar Mile- High Nationals, July 13-15, 2007.