Pedregon Racing Joins Forces with Carlos Santana to Benefit The Milagro Foundation Special Car Paint Schemes Unveiled ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 24, 2004) -- Pedregon Racing is proud to announce a new marketing partnership with legendary musician...
Pedregon Racing Joins Forces with Carlos Santana to Benefit The Milagro
Special Car Paint Schemes Unveiled
ENNIS, Texas (Sept. 24, 2004) -- Pedregon Racing is proud to announce a new marketing partnership with legendary musician and guitarist Carlos Santana to benefit and promote his and his wife Deborah's Milagro Foundation.
As part of today's announcement at the Texas Motorplex, Pedregon Racing and NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series drivers Cruz and Tony Pedregon unveiled two new special 'Santana' paint schemes. Cruz pilots the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, while Tony, the 2003 Nitro Funny Car champion, drives the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo. The special liveries will be run during the fourth annual AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 28-31.
In addition, Carlos Santana will be making a special appearance during the AC Delco Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev., on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2004.
"I am honored that the Pedregon brothers recognize the mission of the Milagro Foundation and want to join us in helping children all around the planet," Carlos Santana said. "The idea of bringing attention to Milagro through the popularity of the NHRA Series, was an interesting idea that has turned into something rather unique. The Pedregon brothers are good people who believe that we should transcend cultural borders and biases."
Carlos and Deborah Santana founded the Milagro (meaning 'miracle' in Spanish) Foundation in 1998. The Foundation has given $1.5 million to charities and agencies that support children and youth in areas of health, education and the arts.
As a part of the partnership, including donations from Advance Auto Parts and Quaker State, proceeds from this partnership will be given to the Milagro Foundation. Special die cast cars from Action Performance, depicting the Santana paint schemes, will also be available to commemorate this occasion.
"The Santana program is a dream come true for me," said Cruz Pedregon, who won the 1992 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Funny Car championship. "Santana is like Elvis - he's a legend and an icon.
"We're from Southern California and we're very close to the Santana's roots," Pedregon added. "To be able to do a program -- and to get to work with Santana in person and have our cars painted with his likeness on it -- is just awesome. It's an honor for us to work with him and support the Milagro Foundation. It's a credit to drag racing to attract a person like Carlos Santana to the sport. I hope he becomes a huge fan."
"We race for a living and wanting to win is always important," said Tony Pedregon, who joined brother Cruz as a NHRA team owner at the beginning of the 2004 season. "But there are things that are more important in the world. Our relationship with Santana and his Milagro Foundation allows Pedregon Racing to give back to the people who have given so much to us in the past. This is something a little more meaningful and helping out at-risk youth is so essential."
Carlos Santana (www.santana.com) has successfully navigated the stormy waters of popular music for more than three decades with a unique balance of intelligence, passion, inspiration and honesty. He is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; has sold more than 80 million records; performed to more than 100 million people; and, he was honored with more Grammys in its history for his landmark CD Supernatural.
If you would like more information on the Milagro Foundation, please log onto www.milagrofoundation.org.