TONY PEDREGON AND THE Q TORQUE POWER RACE TEAM HAVE PRODUCTIVE WEEKEND IN INDY CLERMONT, Ind. (September 5, 2006) -- Tony Pedregon and his Q Torque Power Race Team suffered a tough first-round loss at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis in the...
TONY PEDREGON AND THE Q TORQUE POWER RACE TEAM HAVE PRODUCTIVE WEEKEND IN INDY
CLERMONT, Ind. (September 5, 2006) -- Tony Pedregon and his Q Torque Power Race Team suffered a tough first-round loss at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis in the Nitro Funny Car division during the NHRA U.S. Nationals this past weekend. A busy weekend at the biggest race of the year saw Pedregon not only solidly qualify for the U.S. Nationals field - the toughest drag race in the world - but also run the $100,000 Skoal Showdown on Sunday, which pits the top eight drivers in points, calculated from last year's U.S. Nationals to this year's event.
Pedregon was paired with his former boss and Funny Car foe, John Force, in Sunday's first-round match in the Showdown, but lost to the eventual winner.
Regarding the Skoal Shootout, Pedregon stated, "our Showdown didn't go as many rounds as I had hoped, but I've won that race in the past, and I know I can win it again, and that's why I'll continue to run hard every race so I can guarantee I'll be able to run that race next year."
"I always love coming to Indianapolis. This is a great race with great fans, and our Q Torque Power Team also had a lot of sponsors and supporters here, so we certainly hope to always put on a good show for them," Pedregon explained. "We tested well here a few weeks ago, ran the best E.T. of all of the Funny Cars, and know we can win here. We qualified well (8th), and knew we had a good setup for a lot of different conditions heading into Monday's final eliminations, as we had run in both cool and warm temperatures. We typically run better in a cooler setting, but we had a really good qualifying session on Sunday in the heat that showed we had the consistency in warmer weather, and consistency wins races and championships. That was encouraging. We went into that first round on Monday knowing we had the best chance at winning this race that we've ever had, and I was confident. Our team performed well and we ran an exceptionally close race, but just missed it by a little bit. It's disappointing, but I'm sure we'll be able to analyze the data and rebound in Reading."
NEXT RACE: September 15-17 -- NHRA Nationals, Maple Grove Raceway, Reading, PA
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