Cruz Pedregon Final Qualifying Notes
CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, was on the outside looking in as qualifying closed for this weekend's 51st annual U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
On his final qualifying pass, Pedregon smoked the tires at the hit of the throttle. His previous 5.010-second elapsed time at 233.64 mph wasn't enough to crack the 4.852-second bump spot set by Phil Burkart.
"This one hurt a little bit, but we have a great race team and we'll be back at the next one," said Pedregon, the 1992 POWERade Funny Car World Champion. "Crew chief Ron Douglas and co-crew chief Sam Shockley are awesome, and I'm very confident this team will come back as strong as ever."
"We made really good passes," Pedregon continued. "But something happened in every run and it just wasn't our weekend. But I'm thankful I have the great support of Advance Auto Parts and we're not going to be down long."
In the first round of today's Skoal Showdown, Pedregon led opponent Gary Scelzi to half track. But the car moved out of the groove and Scelzi drove by for the victory. Scelzi clicked off a 4.943-second lap at 309.20 mph, while Pedregon had a 5.035-second elapsed time at 254.14 mph.