Indianapolis: Tony Pedregon preview

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 25, 2006) - 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis and the historic 52nd Annual NHRA U.S. Nationals, the 18th of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 25, 2006) - 2003 NHRA World Champion Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Nitro Funny Car Team head to O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis and the historic 52nd Annual NHRA U.S. Nationals, the 18th of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2006. Pedregon, a championship contender, retained third place in the point standings after his final round appearance in last weekend's race in Memphis.

The adjectives come easy for this motorsports tradition. Each Labor Day weekend, NHRA racers and fans descend on O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis for the biggest, oldest, richest, and most prestigious drag race in the world. The fabled quarter-mile, site of many of drag racing's greatest moments, is regarded by many as one of the smoothest on the circuit, an appropriate staging ground for some of the season's most eagerly sought championships. The marathon also hosts a high-dollar bonus event for Funny Cars, the $100,000-to-win 25th Annual Skoal Showdown, held on Sept. 3rd. This special event pits the eight Funny Car drivers who have earned the most points in a 23-race span (from the 2005 U.S. Nationals to this year's event) against each other. Pedregon won this shootout in 2003 and is once again qualified for the event next weekend.

"It's a big weekend for all of us, to begin with, but it's especially important for Q Power Team as we'll be unveiling a brand new paint scheme to reflect the retail introduction of Quaker State's TorquePower Full Synthetic oil that will coincide with the U.S. Nationals. The new oil is designed to help maximize torque in trucks and SUV's and is the most effective oil specifically made for that purpose on the market. The car will be stunning and quite sexy with the new blue and gold paint job," Pedregon explained. "Heading into the marquee event on our schedule, our goal - as always - will be to overdeliver for all of our sponsors. There's always a lot of focus that goes into preparing the track surface for this event by the NHRA staff, which all of the teams appreciate. We're all looking forward to the Friday night qualifying session because we know we're going to have good conditions in the cooler evening air, and the fans just love the visible flames coming out of our headers during each run - it's a great show for everyone. Just like any other race, running well during Friday's initial qualifying session can set the tone for the entire weekend. We realize every run is important and want to be prepared to capitalize on those good conditions. We tested at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis this week and ran a 4.74, so I think we are lined up for a good weekend for our fans and sponsors."

How to get to O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis: The track is one mile west of Clermont on Highway 136. From Indianapolis, take Interstate 465 to Highway 136 (Crawfordsville Road). Go west toward and through Clermont. The main entrance is on the south side of the road, one mile past Clermont.

After conquering the quarter-mile O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, the NHRA warriors head to the Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals in Reading, Penn., held on September 14-17.

-credit: pr

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