Gainesville: Cruz Pedregon preview

Cruz Pedregon: Arte and Solera Art and Character Come Together at Gainesville Raceway GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 17, 2005) -- If Gainesville Raceway has the tradition, Cruz Pedregon has the talent and experience to take his team to the winner's...

Cruz Pedregon: Arte and Solera
Art and Character Come Together at Gainesville Raceway

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 17, 2005) -- If Gainesville Raceway has the tradition, Cruz Pedregon has the talent and experience to take his team to the winner's circle of the Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals.

After Pedregon won this race in 1998, it has taken him years of dedication and hard work to have a car and a team capable of winning again at this legendary track.

Cruz Pedregon and his Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car have had a successful start to the season on the West coast and now, they are ready to bring home a victory in the East.

"This race would be a good place to get in the winner's circle," said Pedregon. "We have started the season with solid performances qualifying in the top half of the field for the past two races, and we can execute better than in the past to increase our chances of being successful -- we're off to a good start.

"It has been a lot of hard work to build a team that has a chance at a championship, but this is how long it takes to get it right," commented Pedregon. "I feel that every year we're getting better and more experienced but in racing, not only you have to be good, it also takes a little bit of luck. There're a lot of factors that make you win a race; we've eliminated as many negative factors as we can and turned them into positives. I feel as good about our chances in this race as I did back in 1998."

It is clear that Pedregon heads off to Gainesville reassured by the performance of his Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car and the expertise that his crew chief -- Wes Cerny -- has brought to the table.

"I feel we have a good car and we did not have to make any major changes to the car to prepare for Gainesville," added Pedregon. "We have changed the steering wheel a bit and added some safety features to make the car a little safer in the event of tire failure, that's it.

"Wes, our crew chief, has over 30 years of experience and always knows how to adjust to any type of track or climatic conditions we may encounter. It's reassuring to know I have a good team that makes the proper adjustments to the car so I can jump in and do my job."

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First Hospitality Event

Advance Auto Parts will hold its first hospitality event of the drag racing season at the Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

"We look forward to the Advance Auto Parts hospitality event in Gainesville," said Pedregon. "And we're excited about the several hundred Advance Auto Parts people and their guests that will visit with us. I want to extend my appreciation for their continuous support that has helped me make my childhood dreams a reality."

-PedregonRacing.com-

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