Denver: Tony Pedregon preview

TONY PEDREGON NHRA NATIONALS NOTEBOOK MORRISON, Colo. (July 13, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon, driver of the 'Q' Racing Nitro Funny Car, will compete this weekend in the 26th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. The 2003 Funny Car champion heads to...

TONY PEDREGON NHRA NATIONALS NOTEBOOK
MORRISON, Colo. (July 13, 2005) --

Tony Pedregon, driver of the 'Q' Racing Nitro Funny Car, will compete this weekend in the 26th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. The 2003 Funny Car champion heads to Bandimere Speedway, one of the most scenic stops on tour, for the 13th race of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule.

Tony Pedregon, el piloto del 'Q' Racing Nitro Funny Car, competira este fin de semana en el 26avo campeonato annual de los Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals. El campeon de Funny Car del 2003 y su auto 'Q' Racing Nitro Funny Car se dirigen al Bandimere Speedway para competir en la 13ava carrera de la NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Despite its reputation for hospitality and big race weekend crowds, Bandimere Speedway is located more than 5,400 feet above sea level and along a mountainside that can make July's temperatures sizzle. Conditions are sure to challenge Pedregon, crew chief Dickie Venables and the entire 'Q' Racing team.

"Bandimere is always a tough race for any team, it has a tendency to equal out the playing field a little bit," said Pedregon, "But Dickie's (Venables) experience and knowledge will help in setting up the car for elevation. And we also have 'Q' racing oil and support specialists supporting us to make sure everything in this car is tuned up for the conditions."

A pesar de su reputacion por la hospitalidad y numero de aficionados, el Bandimere Speedway esta situado a mas de 5,400 pies por encima del nivel del mar y en la ladera de una montaña, condiciones que exarcerban las temperatures de julio. Estas condiciones son todo un reto para Pedregon, ej jefe de escuderia Dickie Venables y todo el equipo de 'Q' Racing.

"Banidemere es una carrera muy dura para cualquier equipo, tiende a igualar a los equipos un poco", dijo Pedregon. "Pero la experiencia y conocimiento de Dickie (Venables) nos ayudara a acondicionar este auto para esta altitud. Y tambien tenemos el aceite de 'Q' y el apoyo de especialistas que se aseguran de que este auto este a punto para las condiciones establecidas.

Pedregon has made it to the winners circle at Bandimere Speedway twice during his drag racing career in '98 and '99, and made it to the finals in 2002. Last year, Pedregon wielded his 'Q' Racing Nitro Funny Car to the second qualifying position.

"Last year's qualifying effort at Bandimere was real encouraging for us," Pedregon explained. "We were very pleased because we adapted to the elevation. It was our first time getting information from this track as a team, and we made the right adjustments."

"Pedregon ha visitado el circulo de ganadores en Bandimere dos veces durante su carrera professional, en el '98 y el '99. Tambien llego a la final en el 2002. El año pasado, Pedregon manejo su 'Q' Racing Nitro Funny Car hasta la segunda posicion durante las clasificaciones.

"El esfuerzo que hicimos el año pasado en Bandimere fue muy alentador", explico Pedregon. "Nos sentimos muy satisfechos porque nos adaptamos a la altitud. Era la primera vez que obtuvimos informacion en este circuito, y tomamos las decisiones adecuadas."

This weekend also kicks off the grueling West Coast swing, which consists of three-straight NHRA national events starting in Bandimere, moving to Pacific Raceways just outside Seattle next weekend, and culminating with the race at picturesque Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.

"It is very important for us, in these next three races, to deliver on performance and come out with a win," Pedregon stated. "It's a crucial time of the year. We want to see some results. Mentally, I am very motivated to get back to these races because I know what the stakes are. The West Coast swing is a great opportunity to turn the season around."

Este fin de semana tambien inicia el arduo recorrido de la Costa Oeste, consistente de tres eventos de la NHRA seguidos comenzando en el Bandimere, seguido del Pacific Raceways en las afueras de Seattle una semana mas tarde, y culminando en el escenico Infineon Raceway en Sonoma, Calif.

So far this year, Pedregon has qualified in the number one position in Pomona, Calif. and Chandler, Ariz. He also broke the elapsed-time record at Pomona Raceway with a 4.681-second pass at 323.35mph. In Chandler, Ariz., Pedregon broke Firebird International Raceway's elapsed time record at 4.703 seconds. Pedregon heads to Bandimere Speedway tenth in POWERade Funny Car points with 564.

Este año, hasta el momento, Pedregon se ha clasificado en la posicion numero uno en Pomona 1, Calif. y Chandler, Ariz. Tambien ha batido el record de tiempo en el Pomona Raceway con 4.681segundos a 323.35 mph. Y el del Firebird International Raceway enChandler, Ariz. con un tiempo de 4.703 segundos. Pedregon se dirige al Bandimere Speedway en la posicion decima del POWERade Funny Car con 564 puntos.

-PedregonRacing.com-

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