Englishtown: Tony Pedregon preview

Tony Pedregon NHRA Nationals Notebook ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2005) * Tony Pedregon, the Q Racing driver, will participate this weekend in the 36th annual K&N Filters SuperNationals. The 2003 Funny Car champion and his Q Racing Nitro Funny...

Tony Pedregon NHRA Nationals Notebook
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 14, 2005)

* Tony Pedregon, the Q Racing driver, will participate this weekend in the 36th annual K&N Filters SuperNationals. The 2003 Funny Car champion and his Q Racing Nitro Funny Car head to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the 11th race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.

* Tony Pedregon, el piloto de 'Q' Racing, participara este fin de semana en el 36avo campeonato anual de los K&N Filters SuperNationals. El campeon de Funny Car del 2003 y su auto 'Q' Racing Nitro Funny Car se dirigen al Old Bridge Township Raceway Park para competir en la 11ava carrera de la NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

* The Garden State strip has been generous to Pedregon during qualifying as he has earned top-qualifier awards in 1996, '99, '01, '02 and '03. In 2001, Pedregon won it all taking that year's victory as well. He also holds the track elapsed time record at 4.760 seconds established in 2003.

* La pista del Garden State ha sido generosa con Pedregon durante las calificatorias ya que ha conseguido clasificarse en primera posicion en 1996, '99, '01, '02 y '03. En el 2001, Pedregon lo gano todo llevandose la victoria. Pedregon tambien consiguio el record de tiempo del circuito en el 2003 con 4.760 segundos.

* The experienced driver knows that qualifying is the first step towards winning. "It is important to qualify well at every event," said Pedregon. "You want to be in the top-half of the field for lane choice on race day. The competition is always tough no matter where you qualify, but I believe there is some slight advantage in qualifying close to the top. "Our first goal every week is to put the car in the show. Once we've done that, then we can focus on winning. If you don't qualify, it doesn't matter who you are, you can't win."

* Este veterano piloto sabe que el clasificarse es el primer paso que hay que tomar si se quiere ganar. "Es importarse clasificarse en buen lugar en cada carrera", dijo Pedregon. "Quieres estar en la mitad superior del grupo de pilotos para poder elegir carril el dia de las eliminatorias. La competencia siempre es fuerte te clasifiques donde te clasifiques, pero pienso que el clasificarse bien te da un pequeña ventaja. "Nuestro objetivo primordial es que el auto llegue a las eliminatorias. Una vez de que llegas ahi, te puedes centrar en ganar. Si no te calificas, seas quien seas, no puedes ganar".

* Pedregon, Dickie Venables --crew chief- and the rest of the 'Q' racing team are working hard this season to achieve consistency and performance, the key to taking the car to the winner's circle. "The whole team is doing outstanding work, including 'Q'. With their new race oil, our engines are in the best shape they've ever been in after a tear down. Our horsepower is up as well, which is essential for us in time and performance. The crew is running data from two cars every race, working every part of this. I believe we're very close to have all this effort pay off."

* Pedregon, Dickie Venables --jefe de escuderia- y el resto del equipo de 'Q' estan trabajando duro esta temporada para conseguir consistencia y buen funcionamiento, las claves necesarias para llevar el auto hasta la victoria. "Todo el equipo esta haciendo un trabajo excelente, incluyendo 'Q'. Con este nuevo aceite, nuestros motores estan en su mejor forma y los caballos de fuerza han aumentado. Esto es esencial para mejorar en tiempo y funcionamiento. El equipo puede analizar los resultados de dos autos durante cada carrera, examinandolo todo. Creo que se esta acercando la hora de recoger la cosecha".

* So far this year, Pedregon has qualified in the number one position in Pomona, Calif. and Chandler, Ariz. He also broke the elapsed-time record at Pomona Raceway with a 4.681-second pass at 323.35mph. In Chandler, Ariz., Pedregon broke Firebird International Raceway's elapsed time record at 4.703 seconds. Pedregon heads to Old Bridge Township Raceway Park ninth in POWERade Funny Car points with 459.

* Este año, hasta el momento, Pedregon se ha clasificado en la posicion numero uno en Pomona 1, Calif. y Chandler, Ariz. Tambien ha batido el record de tiempo en el Pomona Raceway con 4.681 segundos a 323.35 mph. Y el del Firebird International Raceway en Chandler, Ariz. con un tiempo de 4.703 segundos. Pedregon se dirige al Old Bridge Township Raceway Park en la posicion 9ª del POWERade Funny Car con 459 puntos.


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