TONY PEDREGON AND THE Q POWER RACE TEAM FACE STIFF COMPETITION FROM ELEMENTS IN DENVER MORRISON, Colo. (July 17, 2006) -- Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Race Team raced into the quarterfinals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. (near Denver)...
TONY PEDREGON AND THE Q POWER RACE TEAM FACE STIFF COMPETITION FROM ELEMENTS IN DENVER
MORRISON, Colo. (July 17, 2006) -- Tony Pedregon and his Q Power Race Team raced into the quarterfinals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo. (near Denver) during the Mile-High NHRA Nationals this past weekend in the NHRA Nitro Funny Car division. With air temperatures approaching 100 degrees, track temperatures reaching 142 degrees, and in a race between Pedregon and his brother Cruz, Pedregon lost traction which ultimately ended his day during the second round of competition on Sunday. Pedregon retained fourth place in the 2006 point standings.
"It was a missed opportunity," a disappointed Pedregon explained. "We had a pretty quick turnaround - we were the last pair out for the first round, then the first pair out for the second round. We took the car to the starting line without enough time to make the adjustments we needed, and we had too much temperature in the engine and clutch. Because of that, it made the car too aggressive. That's something we'll work on and make sure it doesn't happen again. We're anxious to go to Seattle and Sonoma where we're closer to sea level."
Pedregon faced a familiar competitor in the second round of eliminations -- his brother, Cruz: "We are both competitive -- we have been our whole lives. When I heard we were paired up, I was encouraged that at least one of us would get into the semi-final round, and I'm glad Cruz made it into the finals. We always want to beat each other, but it didn't work out for the Q Power Team this weekend. But all that does is make us work harder going to into the next race."
In 2005, Tony Pedregon and the Q Power Race Team finished 7th in points with two wins, was #1 qualifier three times and recorded the second quickest elapsed time in NHRA history at 4.680 seconds in Chicago.
NEXT RACE: July 21-23, 2006 -- NHRA Nationals, Pacific Raceways, Kent, Wash. (near Seattle)