Cruz Pedregon/Advance Auto Parts Funny Car Racing team takes first round win at 2002 season finale. Pomona, CA --Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Racing Team claimed a first round victory last weekend during the Automobile Club of...
Cruz Pedregon/Advance Auto Parts Funny Car Racing team takes first round win at 2002 season finale.
Pomona, CA --Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Auto Parts Racing Team claimed a first round victory last weekend during the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. Paired against Whit Bazemore during the first session, Cruz Pedregon proved a better reaction time (.465 to a .484) and a quicker elapsed time of 4.988 to Bazemore's 5.348. At a speed of over 302 mph, the Advance Funny Car Team took the win, making their way to round two against Tommy Johnson Jr. Once again, Cruz proved a quicker light (.497 to a .524), but was unable to defeat his contender, bringing an end to the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Season for the Advance Auto Parts Racing Team.
"This race marked a little year-end highlight for us," commented owner/driver Cruz Pedregon, "We had a good car during first round with good performance, but we just were unable to carry it through. We'll take this little momentum and keep moving forward into next season."
Due to unexpected rain throughout the weekend, Thursday's run marked the only qualifying session of the event. With twenty five Funny Cars competing, Cruz Pedregon and the Advance Team were able to maintain the number ten spot. By race end, the Advance Team finished the 2002 season with seven victories, 754 points, and number 13 in NHRA Funny Car point standings.
"Season-end is a time of mixed emotions for me," states Pedregon. "The 2002 season was truly a building year. We had some struggles that we needed to work through. But I also have high goals for myself and my team and won't be completely satisfied until we start winning. There are a lot of exciting things that we have in store for the 2003 season, which we will be announcing soon. It's only going to get better."