Indianpolis: Cruz Pedregon preview

* Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, heads to Indianapolis Raceway Park this weekend to compete in the 51st annual U.S. Nationals - the biggest drag race of any NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season. * Cruz ...

* Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, heads to Indianapolis Raceway Park this weekend to compete in the 51st annual U.S. Nationals - the biggest drag race of any NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season.

* Cruz Pedregon, piloto de Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car, se dirige al Indianapolis Raceway Park este fin de semana para competir en la 51ava carrera anual de los U.S. Nationals -la mayor carrera de drag de la temporada de la NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

* Cruz Pedregon walks among the greatest drivers in U.S. Nationals history. His three victories (1992, 1994 & 1995) ranks him third all time, behind only Ed 'The Ace' McCullough (5), John Force (4) and Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme (4). Last year, Pedregon came very close to his fourth Nationals title, falling shy of Gary Densham in the final.

"I'm flattered and honored to be mentioned with those guys," Pedregon said. "There's definitely a lot of pride on the line any time you line up for the U.S. Nationals. And that track has been very good to us over the years. It's a special place with a lot of memories. We were close last year and we have a great car heading into this year's race."

* Cruz Pedregon es uno de los mejores pilotos de la historia de los U.S. Nationals. Sus tres victorias (1992, 1994 y 1995) lo colocan en tercera posicion, detras de Ed 'The Ace' McCullough (5), John Force (4) y Don 'The Snake' Prudhomme (4). El año pasado, Pedregon se acerco a su cuarto titulo en los Nationals, perdiendo con Gary Densham en las finales.

* "Es un honor que se me relacione con esos pilotos", dijo Pedregon. "Hay mucho orgullo que defender cada vez que te encuentras ante los U.S. Nationals. Es un lugar especial con muchas memorias y el circuito se ha portado muy bien con nosotros durante estos años. Estuvimos muy cerca el año pasado y este año llevamos un muy buen auto".

* Testing at Indianapolis Raceway Park went well for Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car team. Consistency was the word of the day, as Pedregon made it down track in four of the five sessions -- recording 4.80s in the night sessions and 4.90's during the day.

"It was a very good test session for us because I think we were one of the most consistent cars out there," Pedregon said. "(Crew chief) Ron (Douglas) and (Co-crew chief) Sam (Shockley) had it like a bracket car, which was one of our goals for the test. Consistency was key, but we also know what we need to do and can turn up the wick for the two evening sessions. This race will be a great opportunity for us to turn the season around."

Las pruebas en el Indianapolis Raceway Park les fueron bien a Cruz Pedregon y el equipo de Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car. Consistencia fue la palabra reina del dia, con Pedregon completando cuatro de cinco recorridos en los 4.80 durante la noche y los 4.90 durante el dia.

"Fueron unas pruebas muy buenas para nosotros porque creo que fuimos uno de los autos mas consistentes", dijo Pedregon. "(El jefe de escuderia) Ron (Douglas) y (el co-jefe) Sam (Shockley) lo tenian como un auto de repeticion, que era uno de nuestros objetivos. La consistencia era clave, pero tambien sabemos lo que tenemos que hacer para encender la mecha durante los recorridos nocturnos. Esta carrera sera una buena oprtunidad para darle la vuelta a la temporada".

* So far this season, Pedregon has made it tothe semifinals at Pomona, scored a runner up at Houston Raceway Park and reached the semifinals in the next four races. Following a number one qualifier in Englishtown N.J. and a quarterfinal finish in Madison, Ill.,Pedregon heads to Indianapolis Raceway Park eighth in NHRA Nitro Funny Car points with 863.

Esta temporada, hasta el momento, Pedregon ha llegado a las semifinales en Pomona, a las finales en el Houston Raceway Park y a las semifinales en las cuatro competiciones posteriors. Despues de clasificarse en primer lugar en Englishtown, N.J. y llegar a los cuartos de final en Madison, Ill., Pedregon se dirige al Indianapolis Raceway Park en la posicion octava del POWERade Funny Car con 831 puntos.

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Gary Densham , Cruz Pedregon