Commerce, Ga., May 16, 2004 - Defending Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon has a lot to be proud of after this weekends performance during the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga. Coming into today's...
Commerce, Ga., May 16, 2004 - Defending Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon has a lot to be proud of after this weekends performance during the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.
Coming into today's eliminator, the Quaker State racing team was the number one qualifier with their stellar performance from Friday night's qualifying run of a track record elapsed time of 4.765 seconds with the fastest Funny Car pass in NHRA history of 329.83 mph.
During today's first round match-up with Bob Gilbertson, Pedregon dropped a cylinder and spun the tires slowing to an elapsed time of 6.614 seconds at 141.28 mph to Gilbertson's elapsed time of 5.030 seconds at 261.47 mph.
"The injector plates held open and the engine was idling really high which builds temperature in the clutch causing it to drop a cylinder," explained Pedregon. "The good thing is that it can be fixed. We're not going to let this discourage us, we had a really good weekend out here and the outlook looks good for us. Once we get these small issues figured out we'll be fine. We're going to keep pressing on."
"We're very pleased to have been able to run the 329 mph here in Atlanta," added Pedregon. "We're happy with the new Monte Carlo body and feel like it's going to take us to the next level. We're going to take this momentum to Chicago and see what we can do there. The weather can be ideal for fast runs, so we're going with hopes to continue what we started here."
Pedregon remains 10th in the NHRA POWERade Funny Car points standings just 32 points out of ninth place.
The next event for the Quaker State racing team is the NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., on May 21-23.