Cruz Pedregon to Semifinals at Pomona Raceway POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car closed out the 2005 season in a big way during today's running of the Automobile Club of Southern California...
Cruz Pedregon to Semifinals at Pomona Raceway
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 6, 2005) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car closed out the 2005 season in a big way during today's running of the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.
Pedregon made it to the semifinals where he faced brother Tony (Pedregon), for a spot in the last final round of the year. The 1992 NHRA Funny Car champion maneuvered the Advance Auto Parts entry to a 4.872-second elapsed time at 323.04 mph, but it was not enough to overcome Tony's 4.739-second run.
Pedregon talked about his solid performance this weekend at Pomona Raceway.
"We had a strong weekend and ended the season on a high note," Pedregon said. "We took the Advance Auto Parts car to the semifinals and we were one of the more consistent cars all weekend. We stayed on the top three throughout qualifying and had a chance to win.
"During the round against Tony (Pedregon), we made an adjustment that did not work to our advantage, but still completed a good run at 4.87," Pedregon added. "For the big picture, it was a good race and we have accomplished a lot in making our two cars identical. If you look at the numbers, the cars ran similar as we switched back and forth between the second and third qualifying spots throughout the weekend."
Pedregon defeated Jim Head during the first round with a 4.775-second elapsed time at 325.37 mph. He continued on that same path by upsetting championship contender Ron Capps in round two, with another stellar pass of 4.756 seconds at 329.26 mph.
The Rosa Valley, Calif., resident talked about the Advance Auto Parts team's accomplishments since Ron Douglas (crew chief) took over.
"We have a lot to look forward to during the off season," Pedregon added. "Ron Douglas (crew chief) did a great job coming into this year, as well as Sam Shockley (co-crew chief) and the rest of the team. During these coming months we're going to work hard to make the car even better. We have learned a lot as a team, and that's all going towards our efforts next season. We have a lot of momentum as a race team and as an organization right now."