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TONY PEDREGON AND THE Q POWER RACE TEAM WIN IN ATLANTA -Pedregon Racing has now won 2 of 7 NHRA POWERade Funny Car races in 2006 (ATLANTA, Ga., May 8): Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Race Team visited the Winner's Circle with a holeshot win at...

TONY PEDREGON AND THE Q POWER RACE TEAM WIN IN ATLANTA
-Pedregon Racing has now won 2 of 7 NHRA POWERade Funny Car races in 2006

(ATLANTA, Ga., May 8): Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Race Team visited the Winner's Circle with a holeshot win at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta (Ga.) Dragway this past weekend in the NHRA Nitro Funny Car division. This is the third time Pedregon has conquered this track (previously in 1996, 2003). Pedregon vaulted himself into the 9th spot in NHRA POWERade points with the victory.

"It's a great day for Q Power," an excited Pedregon said of his first win of the 2006 season, joining brother Cruz in the NHRA win column (Cruz won in Las Vegas): "We came into this race and applied the pressure. Coming into this weekend, we knew we were capable of winning. Between Cruz and I, we took out the top five cars. We were determined to do this for all of our great partners like Q Power, Snap-on, Great Stuff and Herzog -- they've been very patient, and have been understanding about the potential of this team to win each week. Finally, we put it all together, and there's no reason why we can't do it again at the next race. We had to deliver to Q Power, who has put so much behind our team -- it was important for us to back that up, and that effort never stops. In fact, after our win Sunday night, we'll be back at the track on Monday at 8:30 AM to test, and we'll continue to press and raise the performance of this team. We always feel we have more to learn, and want to give Q Power every opportunity to get back in the Winner's Circle at the next race, no matter what our previous result was."

The final round run by Pedregon was the second-quickest final run in NHRA history, with Pedregon winning by a mere 5 feet, or .0096 seconds: "Our win in Atlanta just confirms what I believe: You can not deny talent, and you can't keep a good team down. It's a big weekend for a lot of Hispanics, too, with the Cinco de Mayo holiday on Friday. Every weekend, I address the Hispanic market in interviews and appearances, so it is important for them. I hope they realize that there's a champion that they can look to for inspiration."

Pedregon won against his former car owner, John Force, as well as Force's three-car stable. "Looking at the competition, we beat two of the NHRA powerhouses, the Force and Schumacher organizations, which has never been done before. John (Force) knows what makes we tick and what drives me. We respect each other, and we don't rub it in if each other win a race. I know oil companies are competitive, that's why it's important for us to deliver a performance and a win for Q, but John and I have a friendship and a mutual respect for each other's position, both personally and professionally."

In 2005, Tony Pedregon and the Q Power Race Team finished 7th in points with two wins, was #1 qualifier three times and recorded the second quickest elapsed time in NHRA history at 4.680 seconds in Chicago.

NEXT RACE: NHRA Nationals at National Trail Raceway in Columbus, OH,

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , John Force