Cruz Pedregon Qualifies Fourth For Indy Advance Auto Parts Race Team Ready for 'Big Go' INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon grabbed the fourth position in the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car for tomorrow's 50th...
Cruz Pedregon Qualifies Fourth For Indy
Advance Auto Parts Race Team Ready for 'Big Go'
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 5, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon grabbed the fourth position in the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car for tomorrow's 50th Anniversary U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
Pedregon, who logged a 4.844-second elapsed time at 315.93 mph to open the weekend on Friday night, maintained that solid effort throughout. He also made a great run to close out qualifying as well.
"We made a good run on our final one," said Pedregon, who logged a 4.89-second elapsed time during the fifth and final qualifying session today. "We definitely needed to get down the track on that last one, and we did that. (Crew chief) Wes (Cerny) tried his 'hot track' set up on that last one, and it worked. The track was a little bit better than we were set up for. The key for Wes was to get the car down the track, though. We feel really good about tomorrow. Whatever the weather conditions are, we'll be ready for them.
Pedregon has a tough first round opponent tomorrow in Del Worsham, the same driver he beat in the finals of the 1992 U.S. Nationals -- his first victory in this historic event. Even though this is the biggest race of the year, Pedregon doesn't feel any extra stress.
"We're pretty relaxed for this one," Pedregon continued. "I feel like I've learned how to deal with the pressure and am pretty confident about what we have. It's an exciting race and we're going to have fun. Really, when we pull up to the starting line, it's just another race. It's important I pull to the line, in any race, like it's the last race of my career. I always give it my all, just like every other race weekend. Coming into this race, I felt like we had an excellent shot. I still believe that. No pressure, I know we have a good car and we'll go out there and see what we can do."
Advance Auto Parts Notebook:
WINNING WAYS: Cruz Pedregon has had immense success while driving in the world's biggest drag race -- the U.S. Nationals. He's recorded three victories at this famed event, topping the field in 1992, 1994 and 1995.