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A Touch of Horsepower is To Infineon's Taste Tony Pedregon and Quaker State Racing Prepare for Wine Country SONOMA, Calif. (July 28, 2004) -- One of the most picturesque scenes in drag racing lies within the hills of Northern California's ...

A Touch of Horsepower is To Infineon's Taste
Tony Pedregon and Quaker State Racing Prepare for Wine Country

SONOMA, Calif. (July 28, 2004) -- One of the most picturesque scenes in drag racing lies within the hills of Northern California's wine country. Refurbished and resurfaced two years ago, Infineon Raceway could host record-breaking performances for Tony Pedregon and the entire Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car team.

Pedregon, himself a Californian from Chino Hills, always enjoys stops in this area just north of San Francisco. Despite the relaxed surroundings, the 17th annual Fram Autolite NHRA Nationals promises to be an intense, hard-fought race weekend for all the teams.

"It's such a great facility," said Pedregon, the reigning NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car champion. "We're near sea level and it has such beautiful surroundings. They have made some great upgrades to that facility."

While cabernets, merlots and chardonnays prevail off the track, the Quaker State Monte Carlo will be ordering a finely tuned racing oil -- a 70 weight in the signature green bottle -- best served hot with nitro methane fuel and ET's in the 4.8's.

Extreme high-horsepower Nitro Funny Cars, like Quaker State's, seem to have an advantage on this quarter mile -- track records will fall if conditions are just right.

"That track has a tendency to be really quick and fast," Pedregon said. "I'm looking forward to it. Our car ran really well in Seattle, so we know it's going to be fast this weekend. One of our goals is to not get behind in qualifying. We would like to qualify in the top three or the top five. I know this team is ready to go."

Quaker State Racing Notebook:

QUALITY QUALIFIER: Part of winning the weekly NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series battle is to qualify. Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing team have not only qualified well this year -- they have been dominant at times.

Pedregon, the reigning NHRA Funny Car World Champion, has already racked up three No. 1 qualifiers this season (Las Vegas, Atlanta & Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.) and two, No. 2 qualifiers (Topeka, Kan., and Denver).

-PedregonRacing.com

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