Indianapolis: Cruz Pedregon Saturday summary

Cruz Pedregon Remains Solid Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Notches Fourth INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 4, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, remains in a solid-qualifying position for this weekend's 50th...

Cruz Pedregon Remains Solid
Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Notches Fourth

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 4, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, remains in a solid-qualifying position for this weekend's 50th annual U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Pedregon, who has won this event three times in his career, currently sits fourth on the strength of a 4.844-second elapsed time at 315.93 mph, set during last night's first session. Pedregon feels the team is in good shape heading into tomorrow's final two rounds of qualifying.

"We're in a good position," Pedregon said. "We were looking to capitalize on our efforts during tonight's session, but it just didn't happen. We need to focus on tomorrow.

"We had a really good run right in the middle of the day earlier," Pedregon continued. "It ended up being a great test run, despite shutting the car off early. It showed a lot of promise and that's something we'll try to build on. I'm pleased that we found a warm-track set up. We're racing during the day, so there's no doubt that making a good run in the heat was important.

Pedregon talked about what's in store for the final day of qualifying.

"We have two more runs tomorrow," Pedregon said. "We'll take the night tune up off of it, and we'll see what happened. I feel real good about this car right now. The track is in excellent conditions too -- it's always good here. NHRA does a good job of grooming and prepping this track. If it's warm like it was today, I think we'll run pretty well. We'll have to fine tune on it a little on the top end, but that shouldn't be a problem."

-PedregonRacing.com

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