A Great Start for Cruz Pedregon at Indy Advance Auto Parts Funny Car Races to Third Slot INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 3, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon made the best of tonight's single session of qualifying, placing the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro...
A Great Start for Cruz Pedregon at Indy
Advance Auto Parts Funny Car Races to Third Slot
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 3, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon made the best of tonight's single session of qualifying, placing the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car in the provisional third position for this weekend's U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
With five sessions instead of the traditional four for the Nationals, the team had a chance to get a head start on the weekend. Pedregon lapped the historic quarter mile in 4.844 seconds at 315.93 mph. Two sessions are slated for both Saturday and Sunday.
"It was a good run," Pedregon said. "(Crew Chief) Wes (Cerny) was a little bit concerned about the track. It rained hard again last night, and he was concerned about the 200-300 foot area of the track. He backed it off a little bit and it made a good run.
"It takes a lot of pressure off of us," Pedregon continued. "Now, we feel like we're on pace for what we want to do. I'm so happy we tested here last week, and we just had the payoff for our testing. We we're out here working and doing the right thing. This is definitely a tougvh field to crack with more than 25 cars. The key out here is to be smart. When the track is quick, we need to go quick.
Advance Auto Parts Notebook:
LEFT LANE: Cruz Pedregon was one of the few drivers to actually get down the left side of the track tonight. The Advance Auto Parts Funny Car driver talked about the challenge.
"We were also a little concerned about the left side of the track because no one got down it during the session," Pedregon said. "I'm real pleased that Wes made the right call. It was a little dark out there and the dew was pretty hairy. I kept it between the lines and it was a good run."