CRUZ PEDREGON ADVANCES TO QUARTERFINALS Advance Auto Parts Funny Car Completes Solid Weekend MADISON, Ill. (Oct. 3, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon and the entire Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car team took a lot of positive steps during...
CRUZ PEDREGON ADVANCES TO QUARTERFINALS
Advance Auto Parts Funny Car Completes Solid Weekend
MADISON, Ill. (Oct. 3, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon and the entire Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car team took a lot of positive steps during this weekend's running of the AmeriQuest Mortgage NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.
Pedregon, who qualified in the No. 1 slot with a 4.680-second elapsed time to open the weekend, closed the weekend by advancing to the quarterfinals before losing to Ron Capps.
"When your running the type of numbers we're running right now, the traction window becomes a little smaller," Pedregon said. "That's what happened there in the second round. Looking back, we needed to make an adjustment and that's something we'll take with us as we move forward. We looked at the numbers and wanted to be aggressive. This is how (crew chief) Ron Douglas and (assistant crew chief) Sam Shockley will be setting up the car from now on."
Pedregon moved into the second round when he beat Gary Densham in round one. It was a close race, as Pedregon's 4.832-second elapsed time at 310.05 mph was enough to outrun Denham's 4.855/319.22, effort.
"It took us about 15 runs to get the car to where we wanted it to run numbers wise," Pedregon stated. "It's extremely difficult to get a car to run in the 4.6-second range. As for the speed, we had never run beyond 325 (mph) until we posted that 330 this weekend. Unfortunately, some of our bad runs came during race weekends and I feel bad about that, but that feeling went away Friday night. We now have a car that will consistently run hard and threaten for the pole every weekend."