Seattle: Tony Pedregon preview

KENT, Wash. (July 20, 2005) -- * Tony Pedregon, driver of 'Q' Racing, will compete this weekend in the 18th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. The 2003 Funny Car champion and his 'Q' Racing Nitro Funny Car head to the Northwest's biggest...

KENT, Wash. (July 20, 2005) --

* Tony Pedregon, driver of 'Q' Racing, will compete this weekend in the 18th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. The 2003 Funny Car champion and his 'Q' Racing Nitro Funny Car head to the Northwest's biggest auto racing event at Pacific Raceways for the 14th race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.

* Tony Pedregon, el piloto de 'Q' Racing, competira este fin de semana en el 18avo campeonato anual de los CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. El campeon de Funny Car del 2003 y su auto 'Q' Racing Nitro Funny Car se dirigen al Pacific Raceways para competir en la 14ava carrera de la NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

* Pedregon has had success at Pacific Raceways, winning the 2002 NHRA event and finishing as runner up in 1997 and 1996. The 2002 victory marked the first time Pedregon's current crew chief, Dickie Venables, took up tune responsibilities responding in spectacular fashion.

Pedregon not only won the race, he qualified No.1, posted the event's quickest quarter mile (4.848 seconds) and set a track speed record (315.19 miles per hour).

"I have to admit I was a little apprehensive going in," Pedregon said of the 2002 race, "Not because I didn't think Dickie (Venables) could do the job, but because he had never been (in that position) before, running the car on his own. But I don't think anyone could have responded to the pressure much better than he did. I think that race was probably the key to what we've been able to do since then."

* Pedregon ha tenido bastante exito en el Pacific Raceways, ganando el evento de la NHRA en el 2002 y con la segunda plaza en 1997 y 1996. La victoria del 2002 marco la primera vez que el actual jefe de escuderia, Dickie Venables, se hizo cargo de la puesta a punto del auto con espectaculares resultados.

Pedregon no solo gano la carrera, sino que se clasifico en el primer lugar, consiguio el tiempo mas rapido del evento (4.848 segundos) y establecio el record de velocidad del circuito (315.19 millas por hora).

"Tengo que admitir que al principio estaba un poco preocupado", Dijo Pedregon sobre la carrera del 2002. "No porque pensara que Dickie (Venables) no pudiera hacerlo, sino porque nunca se habia enfrentado a esa responsabilidad por si solo en el pasado. Pero dudo que nadie hubiera podido responder major a la presion que el. Pienso que esa carrera establecio la pauta que hemos seguido hasta ahora.

* Last year's race in Seattle turned out to be challenging and with track temperatures hovering over the 140-degree mark, one of the hottest for 2004. Despite a 15th and a first round loss during eliminations, the 'Q' Racing team made the best of a difficult situation during the first time they competed at Pacific Raceways as a team.

"Last year, this team proved it can work under pressure," Pedregon said. "It's times like this that really test a team. Those were the most extreme conditions and temperatures we had faced all year. It is reassuring to know that our 'Q' motor oil isn't going to fail us in situations like those. 'Q' should really be proud of their engineers, and the knowledge and time they have invested. They keep us going and help us get into the show event after event."

* La carrera del año pasado en Seattle fue un reto con la temperatura del asfalto a casi 140 grados, una de las mas altas del 2004. A pesar de clasificarse en 15avo lugar y perder en la primera vuelta, el equipo de 'Q' aprovecho al maximo una dificil situacion durante la primera vez que compitieron como equipo.

"El año pasado, este equipo demostro que puede funcionar bien bajo presion", dijo Pedregon. "Son estos momentos los que ponen a prueba a un equipo. Fueron las condiciones y temperatures mas extremas de todo el año. Es bueno el saber que nuestro aceite de motor 'Q' no nos falla cuando las cosas se ponen dificiles. 'Q' debe estar muy orgulloso de sus ingeniero, y de los conocimientos y tiempo invertidos. Nos ayudan a continuar y a participara en evento tras evento".

* So far this year, Pedregon has qualified in the number one position in Pomona, Calif. and Chandler, Ariz. He also broke the elapsed-time record at Pomona Raceway with a 4.681-second pass at 323.35mph. In Chandler, Ariz., Pedregon broke Firebird International Raceway's elapsed time record at 4.703 seconds. Pedregon heads to Pacific Raceways 10th in POWERade Funny Car points with 596.

* Este año, hasta el momento, Pedregon se ha clasificado 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 en Chandler, Ariz. con un tiempo de 4.703 segundos. Pedregon se dirige al Pacific Raceways en la posicion decima del POWERade Funny Car con 596 puntos.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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