Indianapolis: Tony Pedregon final summary

Tony Pedregon Drives to Quarterfinals Quaker State Racing Solid in the Heat INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon maneuvered the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car to the quarterfinals of today's 50th anniversary U.S.

Tony Pedregon Drives to Quarterfinals
Quaker State Racing Solid in the Heat

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6, 2004) -- Tony Pedregon maneuvered the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car to the quarterfinals of today's 50th anniversary U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Pedregon was eked out in the second round, as Tim Wilkerson clocked a 4.896-second elapsed time at 312.50 mph. Pedregon drove to a slower 5.015-second elapsed time at 272.56 mph. The California resident moved into the second round when he defeated Jeff Arend in the opener with a 4.942-second elapsed time at 303.23 mph.

"We got off to a good start this weekend with our qualifying," said Pedregon, who grabbed the third slot. "We are having to spin the superchargers faster because of the 85-percent rule change. So, the superchargers go away faster, and unless you have a dyno here in the pits, it's hard to know when one is ready to take a dive.

"It's a big race and there's a lot a stake," Pedregon continued. "We're going to tune it around. I think we made some progress in that we were able to adapt to the heat. We were able to get down the track this weekend as well, and it's a challenge to do that when it's hot. We were able to adapt to the changes this weekend, and we had as much heat and humidity as we've had anywhere else. We were able to deal with it and that's the encouraging part. I think that's going to be positive for us at the next race. Quaker State is still in the game."

-PedregonRacing.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Tim Wilkerson , Jeff Arend