Pedregon Racing Squares Off at Pit Crew Challenge POMONA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2005) -- NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon, and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car team, along with Tony Pedregon's Q Racing Nitro Funny Car crew, will ...
Pedregon Racing Squares Off at Pit Crew Challenge
POMONA, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2005) -- NHRA Nitro Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon, and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car team, along with Tony Pedregon's Q Racing Nitro Funny Car crew, will participate in the Pit Crew Challenge, Wed, Nov. 2 at 9:45 am during the 17th annual NHRA Career Opportunities Fair presented by the U.S. Army at Pomona Raceway.
Competition between the two teams will take place before the beginning of the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, the last race of the 2005 POWERade Drag Racing Series season.
More than 5,000 students from local high schools are invited to the grandstands, while NHRA will entertain them with different events such as the Pit Crew Challenge. The NHRA, Cruz and Tony Pedregon want to increase students' awareness about career opportunities and the importance of education towards their professional future.
This year, Cruz Pedregon, winner of the NHRA Funny Car championship in 1992, heads to Pomona having improved his personal elapsed time to 4.680 seconds, the second best in Funny Car history. During that same run in Joliet, Ill., Pedregon grabbed a career top speed of 330.80 mph. Pedregon made it to the semifinals at Pomona to open the season, scored a runner up at Houston Raceway Park and reached the semi's during the next four races. He also grabbed the No.1 qualifier, in Englishtown, N.J. and Joliet, Ill.
Tony Pedregon, 2003 NHRA Funny Car champion, will tackle Pomona Raceway after getting a victory in Reading, Pa., and tying Cruz for the second best elapsed time in Funny Car history (4.680 seconds). In Chandler, Ariz., Pedregon broke Firebird International Raceway's elapsed time record at 4.703 seconds and grabbed the No.1 qualifier. And at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Pedregon wrapped up a third No. 1 qualifier, setting a new track elapsed-time record at 4.759 seconds.
During the first race of the 2005 season at Pomona, Tony Pedregon broke the elapsed time record with a 4.681-second pass at 323.35 mph and qualified in the No.1 position during a spectacular effort that ended with the Q car in the sand box.