Memphis: Tony Pedregon preview

Tony Pedregon NHRA Nationals Notebook Millington, Tenn. (August 18, 2005) * Tony Pedregon, driver of the Q Racing team, heads to Memphis to compete this weekend in the 18th O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals. The 2003 Funny Car champion and his...

Tony Pedregon NHRA Nationals Notebook
Millington, Tenn. (August 18, 2005)

* Tony Pedregon, driver of the Q Racing team, heads to Memphis to compete this weekend in the 18th O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals. The 2003 Funny Car champion and his Q Racing Nitro Funny Car are ready for the 17th race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule at Memphis Motorsports Park.

* Tony Pedregon, el piloto de Q Racing, participara este fin de semana en el 18avo campeonato anual de los O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals. El campeon de Funny Car del 2003 y su auto Q Racing Nitro Funny Car se dirigen al Memphis Motorsports Park para competir en la 17ava carrera de la NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

* Pedregon grabbed a win in Memphis in 2002, and has been the runner up in the '96 and '99. The Q driver, who also got the No.1 qualifier in '99 and '02, is ready for one more victory at the second nighttime event of the season.

"I am partial to night racing, mostly because of track conditions," Pedregon said. "For the spectators, they get a little more of a charge out of it when they see the header flames. It makes for good racing. It's a little more exciting for us, and it is more exciting for them to watch. Should be a good one."

* Pedregon gano en Memphis en el 2002, y llego a las finales en el '96 y '99. El piloto de Q, que se clasifico en la primera posicion en el '99 y '02, esta listo para conseguir otra victoria en el segundo evento nocturno de la temporada.

"Me gustan las carreras nocturnas, especialmento por las condiciones de la pista", dijo Pedregon. "Para los espectadores, resulta mas emocionante cuando ven salir las llamas de los tubos de espcape. Es una buena competicion. Es mas excitante para nosotros, y es mas excitante para los espectadores. Va a estar muy bien".

* The night action of the weekend won't overshadow the work at hand though. Pedregon hopes to continue his four-straight, top half of the field qualifying efforts --including a No.1 qualifier in Sonoma. He talks about the advantages the Q Racing car has running at night.

"I think that racing in the evening works somewhat in our favor," Pedregon said. "The biggest challenge teams face at the Memphis track is adapting to the changing conditions. But the Q team is putting good qualifying efforts together and we're making consistent runs. We've made a lot of progress consolidating performance and uniformity."

* El duro trabajo que les espera no se va a quedar a la sombra de la emocion de las carreras nocturnas. Pedregon espera poder continuar con su racha de cuatro clasificatorisa seguidsa en la mitad superior del grupo de competidores -incluyendo el primer lugar en Sonoma. Nos habla sobre las ventajas del competir por la noche para el equipo de Q.

"Creo que el competir por la noche va a nuestro favor", dijo Pedregon. "El mayor reto al que nos enfrentamos en Memphis es el poder adaptarnos a las condiciones variables del circuito. Pero el equipo de Q esta consiguiendo buenas clasificatorias y recorridos consistentes. Hemos progresado bastante consolidando la Buena actuacion con la uniformidad de resultados".

* So far this year, Pedregon has qualified inthe number one position in Pomona, Calif. and Chandler, Ariz. He alsobroke the elapsed-time record at Pomona Raceway with a 4.681-second passat 323.35mph. In Chandler, Ariz., Pedregon broke Firebird InternationalRaceway's elapsed time record at 4.703 seconds. At Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Pedregon wrapped up a third No. 1 qualifier, and set a new elapsed-time track record with 4.759 seconds. Pedregon heads to Memphis Motorsports Park 10th in POWERade Funny Car points with 760.

* Este año, hasta el momento, Pedregon se haclasificado en la posicion numero uno en Pomona 1, Calif. y Chandler,Ariz. Tambien ha batido el record de tiempo en el Pomona Raceway con 4.681segundos a 323.35 mph. Y el del Firebird International Raceway enChandler, Ariz. con un tiempo de 4.703 segundos.

En el Infineon Raceway en Sonoma, Calif., Pedregon consiguio su tercera clasificatoria del año en primer lugar y batio el record del circuito con 4.759 segundos. Pedregon se dirige al Memphis Motorsports Park en la posicion decima del POWERade Funny Car con 760 puntos.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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