Tony Pedregon Vaults Into Sixth Slot Quaker State Racing Adapting Well to Changing Conditions LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car jumped into the sixth position for tomorrow's AC...
Tony Pedregon Vaults Into Sixth Slot
Quaker State Racing Adapting Well to Changing Conditions
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car jumped into the sixth position for tomorrow's AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals.
Pedregon drove to a 4.775-second elapsed time at 320.58 mph during tonight's fourth and final qualifying session. It was the team's best run of the weekend and sets up a first round match up with Johnny Gray.
"The car really responded to the changes we made," said Pedregon, who is also carrying Carlos Santana colors this weekend. "If the conditions are hot or cold, good or bad, we know we can get down the track. We know we're going to have to work for it tomorrow because this is a tight field, but this team is more than capable.
"It's tough to run that well and wind up sixth," Pedregon added. "But we know we're only a click away from getting to that promise land."
The California resident is really pleased with how the team has jelled.
"It just comes with experience," Pedregon said. "You just continue to work hard and continue to learn. You like to do things in the shortest amount of time possible. We have great people who work on this team and they are the ones who make this happen. And we can't say enough for Quaker State and all of our great sponsors."
Quaker State Racing Notebook:
ADAPTING WELL: Tony Pedregon, driver of the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car, talked about how well the crew has reacted to the new rules for this race. When the team last competed at the The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the cars were running under the 90-percent nitromethane rules.
"This biggest challenges we have had is been to adapt to the new 85 percent rule," Pedregon said. "We did have some data, but this weekend we've had to get some more useful data. We did that in that final run, and it was just a matter of adapting. It takes a quite a bit to generate the same amount of power with these rules."