Sonoma: Tony Pedregon Friday summary

Tony Pedregon Back On Top in Sonoma Q Racing Nitro Funny Car Fast Out of the Box SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2005) - Tony Pedregon drove his Madagascar-themed Q Racing Nitro Funny Car to the first position during today's first two rounds of ...

Tony Pedregon Back On Top in Sonoma
Q Racing Nitro Funny Car Fast Out of the Box

SONOMA, Calif. (July 29, 2005) - Tony Pedregon drove his Madagascar-themed Q Racing Nitro Funny Car to the first position during today's first two rounds of qualifying for this weekend's Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

Pedregon, who could capture his third number-one qualifier of the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season, made a 4.759-second elapsed time at 321.12 mph during the second run of the day.

Pedregon's pass reset the elapsed-time record for the Infineon Raceway, which he accomplished in 1997. At the beginning of the Season, the Chino Hills, Calif., resident also broke the elapsed-time record at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway with a 4.681-second pass at 323.35 mph.

"Today we encountered optimum conditions at Sonoma," Pedregon said. "They were very similar to Pomona's, and Dickie (Venables, crew chief) and I decided to go for a .74 or .75 pass. The down force was as good as it gets and we took full advantage of it.

"Our Q motor oil keeps supporting us and that's one of the influencing factors in this great qualifying effort," Pedregon added. "If you qualify in the top three or four in one of these fields, you're off to a good start. We don't know what tomorrow holds, but if it warms up, that will be good for us. There was no damage done to the engine and I feel there is even more left in the car. Performance and consistency are coming together and we are very optimistic about our chances for this weekend."

Pedregon commented about the colorful Magadascar movie theme decorating the Q Racing entry.

"I think our sponsors love the look of the car. I have to say that the Q Racing car did not run all that bad for having a hippo on it's back."

-PedregonRacing.com-

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