Tony Pedregon Stays Atop Firebird Funny Car Mountain Second-Straight No. 1 Qualifier for Q Racing Monte Carlo CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Q Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, continued his qualifying...
Tony Pedregon Stays Atop Firebird Funny Car Mountain
Second-Straight No. 1 Qualifier for Q Racing Monte Carlo
CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the Q Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, continued his qualifying dominance by wrapping up a second-straight No. 1 qualifier at this weekend's Checker Schuck's Kragen NHRA Nationals at Firebird International Raceway.
The California resident lapped the suburban Phoenix quarter mile with a track record elapsed time of 4.703 seconds at 325.06 mph, during last night's second-qualifying session. This accomplishment came on the heels of his record breaking 4.681-second lap at the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., two weekends ago. It was the second-quickest pass in NHRA Nitro Funny Car history.
"The goal today was to pull it back and get the car down the track," said Pedregon, the 2003 NHRA POWERade NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion. "We slowed the clutch down and wanted to see what would happen.
"The track was almost as good as it was last night," Pedregon continued. "Even though the temperatures were up a little bit today. Overall, we are real pleased with where we are. It's amazing where this track has evolved from five or six years ago. Back then, cars weren't able to run any where near what they could run on the super tracks like Pomona (Calif.), Dallas (Texas Motorplex in Ennis) or Gainesville (Fla.). Now, with the preparation and what they did a few years ago to improve the concrete, it's really become a track that's as fast as any of them."
Pedregon went on to talk about what his keys to success are for tomorrow.
"Consistency," Pedregon noted. "We are prepared to step on it when we have too. We have a very good engine combination and the power is there, but we hope its there when we have to call on it. The competition has really gotten to a point where we are going to have some tough races tomorrow. We now have the confidence that we can run with any one out there."
Pedregon will match up with Gary Densham in the first round of eliminations.
Q Racing NHRA Notebook:
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: Tony Pedregon and the Q Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car team found an innovative way to help solve the parachute problems they experienced during qualifying for the most recent Winternationals at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway two weekends ago.
"We wanted to eliminate that parachute failure again," Pedregon said. "We added one parachute, our primary one, to the steering wheel, so I don't have to take my hand off the wheel.
"What happened in Pomona was a strut failure during the run" Pedregon added. "It actually punched a hole through the rear end bodywork and landed right in between the chute levers."