Cruz Pedregon Closes Out Productive Season POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car closed out a productive 2004 during today's running of the Automobile Club of Southern California...
Cruz Pedregon Closes Out Productive Season
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2004) -- Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car closed out a productive 2004 during today's running of the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals at Pomona Raceway.
Despite a first round loss to Phil Burkhart, Pedregon made four final-round appearances in the second half of the season. He talked about a promising year and looked towards 2005.
"We have a lot to be prod of with this team," Pedregon said. "We qualified at every event this season and I haven't done that since the mid-1990s. That's a great achievement to accomplish. And those final rounds we made, especially our run in the second half of the season, demonstrated what this team is capable of.
"We also learned a lot as a team," Pedregon added. "That's all going towards our effort next season."
Pedregon discussed the first round defeat by saying, "Our first round run today was something that just happens. We had a clutch that wouldn't neutralize and it held a tremendous amount of heat, which is the enemy in that area. I can't remember that last time we went out and smoked the tires off the line like that. These things happen and we know why it happened, which means we'll be able to address the problem the next time we go out. It won't happen again.
"I feel bad for the team and Advance Auto Parts because we had a much better car than what we showed today," Pedregon continued. "We would have liked to of had that one over again because we had a mid-4.70 in that car. We're going to freshen some things up over the winter and complete our testing in January. I feel extremely confident about 2005."
The 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season will open on Feb. 10-13, here at Pomona Raceway for the 45th annual K&N Filters Winternationals.