Gainesville: Tony Pedregon final summary

Tony Pedregon Gainesville Wrap Up Tire Problem Cuts 'Q' Racing's Race Day Short GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 20, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon had only one chance to drive his 'Q' Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car because a faulty tire cut his chances...

Tony Pedregon Gainesville Wrap Up
Tire Problem Cuts 'Q' Racing's Race Day Short

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 20, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon had only one chance to drive his 'Q' Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car because a faulty tire cut his chances short during round one of today's Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.

Pedregon, Gainesville NHRA Funny Car winner from 2002, drove to a 4.991-second elapsed time at 247.93 mph, falling to Bob Gilbertson's 4.924-second elapsed time at 311.41 mph.

"We experienced a very rare incident when one of the tires began to lose air pressure and the car moved to the center (of the track)," said Pedregon. "As I approached the 1,000-foot mark, my choice was to shut off early or cross over to the other lane, so I had to let go. I think it was a tough weekend, but its encouraging to know our car is one of the top five performers in the field."

The 'Q' Racing team is ready to tackle the upcoming NHRA Spring Nationals in Baytown, Texas.

"I realize my crew and all of my sponsors have put a lot of effort into this team," Pedregon said. "Our next race is in Quaker State's backyard (of Houston). We'd like to prove what we're capable of. There is a long season in front of us and I believe when we start winning, nothing is going to stop us."

The 18th annual NHRA Spring Nationals will be held at Houston Raceway Park on April 8-10.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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