Pomona: Tony Pedregon preview

Tony Ready To Defend Funny Car Title Pomona, Calif., February 16, 2004 --With the beginning of another race season just a few days away, reigning Funny Car champion, Tony Pedregon has every reason to be excited. With Quaker State as ...

Tony Ready To Defend Funny Car Title

Pomona, Calif., February 16, 2004 --With the beginning of another race season just a few days away, reigning Funny Car champion, Tony Pedregon has every reason to be excited. With Quaker State as his sponsor, brother Cruz as a teammate and Dickie Venables as the crew chief, Tony is very optimistic about his 2004 racing campaign.

"We've been working during the off-season on getting accustomed to our new Quaker State Racing Funny Car and our new surroundings," said Tony. "We've had a lot of success during our pre-season testing and the team is starting to gel together.

"I knew it would be a challenge starting up a new program, but I felt like it was the next step in my career and I think it has already turned out to be the best decision I've ever made. We've got a great team behind us and with Dickie as my crew chief; our goal is to be very competitive and hopefully win some races."

Tony is a two-time Winternationals champion (1999, 2003) and has earned runner up honors twice (2000, 01'). He defeated Johnny Gray in the final round of last year's season opener. He also won the 1997 NHRA finals at Pomona Raceway in and earned a runner up finish in 1996.

He holds the track record E.T. of 4.721 seconds ran at the NHRA Finals in November.

"I've been able to accomplish a lot at Pomona Raceway," added Tony. "It's one of my favorite places to race on the tour because it's a home track for me and traditionally its one of the quickest and fastest venues where we compete which makes it equally as exciting for Quaker State to be involved in the NHRA as a major sponsor."

The 38 year-old, is in his 10th season as a Funny Car driver. He's second on NHRA's national event victory leader list with 27 among active Funny Car drivers. He has finished in the top 10 of the points standings eight consecutive years and has managed a top 5 finish the last five years. He has also won at least one event every year since 1996.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Pedregon , Johnny Gray