Cruz Pedregon Qualifies In Top Half Pedregon Goes To Eliminations In the Seventh Spot POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2005) --Cruz Pedregon was reassured of how good his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car truly is after a successful final day of ...
Cruz Pedregon Qualifies In Top Half
Pedregon Goes To Eliminations In the Seventh Spot
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2005) --Cruz Pedregon was reassured of how good his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car truly is after a successful final day of qualifying during this weekend's NHRA Winternationals at Pomona Raceway.
Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA POWERade Funny Car World Champion, drove to a 4.769-second elapsed time at 323.74 mph, to end up as the seventh qualifier. Pedregon also gained valuable information about what needs to be done during eliminations to have a shot at victory.
"Today was the day to work out a few bugs, but we were still good and qualified in the seventh spot. Our performance is a credit to the Advance Auto Parts team," Pedregon said. "The approach was to face one round at a time and we were certain the team made great decisions on the set up of the car. I feel I can go out and do my job tomorrow.
"You learn something new every time you get down the track," Pedregon continued. "On the first run, we had to fix part of the ignition because it was not what it should have been. We came back, had a good run, but went a little to the left on our second pass. (Crew chief) Wes (Cerny) is confident that if the (weather) conditions are similar to today, we're going to have a great run," added Pedregon.
Cruz Pedregon will be facing number ten qualifier Jeff Arend in round one tomorrow.
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The first race of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season is turning out to be quite an eventful one for Pedregon Racing. Cruz Pedregon, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, accomplished one of his goal's this weekend with a solid qualifying effort. Meanwhile, brother Tony Pedregon broke the track elapsed time record with a 4.681-second pass at 323.35 mph.
"Tony's number one qualifier was spectacular. This is only the second season he has teamed up with me and the Advance Auto Parts team," commented Pedregon. "Tony has shown a little glimpse of what we have come to expect, to be near the top all of the time. It is a great thing we are on the same team."
Unfortunately, the parachutes on Tony's Q Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car failed, bringing his track record-breaking run to an abrupt halt in the sand at the top end. Tony walked out of the incident unharmed to find out what feat he had just accomplished. Cruz commented on what he saw.
"They had a little mishap out there and had an unfortunate situation where the parachute did not come out the way it should. They will get it fixed and should have a great car for tomorrow- same as we do. This is a great start for the season. If I cannot get the number one spot I want Tony to have it," concluded Pedregon.