Tony Pedregon Wins at Reading Q Racing Shows What It's All About Mohnton, Pa. (September 18, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon and his Q Racing Nitro Funny Car made it to winner's circle during today's NHRA National Event at Maple Grove Raceway. In a...
Tony Pedregon Wins at Reading
Q Racing Shows What It's All About
Mohnton, Pa. (September 18, 2005) -- Tony Pedregon and his Q Racing Nitro Funny Car made it to winner's circle during today's NHRA National Event at Maple Grove Raceway.
In a nerve wreaking final round against John Force, Pedregon won a pedal fest with a 6.349-second elapsed time at 191.02 to beat Force's 8.339 seconds pass. Pedregon, while a Member of Force's team, won this race back in 2003. Todays win is Pedregon's first as a team owner.
"I could not ask for anyone better to beat than John (Force)," Pedregon said the 2003 Funny Car World Champion. "You know that when you beat Force, you have beaten the best. And of course, it also feels great to bring my first check home as a team owner."
Pedregon elaborated about the ride that took the Q team to victory.
"From the beginning, I felt the car was getting loose," Pedregon explained. "I thought my only chance was to get off and on the throttle and hope that the tires recovered. I fought it hard, and even the blower backfire on me, but I was able to pedal it down the track. Force had to deal with similar challenges to control the car."
After almost two years of hard work, Pedregon and his team brought together the performance and consistency necessary to achieve victory.
"My goal for this season was to bring a 'Wally' to Q's headquarters in Houston," Pedregon concluded. "Now I need to reset my goals. This is a long deserved win for Q Racing and all the support they have provided everyone. I am very proud of the Q Racing team, they are not only capable of winning, they also go out and prove it!"
Dickie Venables, crew chief, talks about what this win means to him.
"After more than a year and a half of hard work, this victory is very gratifying. It makes up for the incident we had on the starting line in Indy. I am very glad to bring this victory to Q Racing because they deserved better than what we had been doing so far. Now we have proved what we knew all along we could do."
During the first pass of the day, Pedregon beat Mike Ashley to the finish line, clicking off a 4.850-second elapsed time at 316.90 mph. In the second round, Pedregon had to face his brother Frank (Pedregon). recording an effort of 5.251 seconds to Frank's 5.871 seconds pass.
For the semifinal round, Pedregon ran against Gary Scelzi and, unlike Indianapolis, the Q driver arrived to the finish line first logging a 4.907-second elapsed time at 314.97 mph.