Tony Pedregon Awaits Seattle, New Surface Quaker State Racing Ready for Pacific Northwest KENT, Wash. (July 22, 2004) -- A new racing surface will greet Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car team at this weekend's...
Tony Pedregon Awaits Seattle, New Surface
Quaker State Racing Ready for Pacific Northwest
KENT, Wash. (July 22, 2004) -- A new racing surface will greet Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car team at this weekend's NHRA national event at Pacific Raceways.
Pedregon, who has qualified second in two of the last three NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events, is optimistic about the team's improvement. The California resident talked about what he expects.
"They have completely repaved the Seattle track, so we have a new surface to work with," Pedregon said. "Now, is that going to allow us to be competitive during the first two days of qualifying? Only time will tell. As much advancement as NHRA has made in track preparation, and really the technology that's gone into building a new race track surface -- I think we can anticipate conditions a lot better than what we've seen in the past."
Pedregon has had success at Pacific Raceways, winning the 2002 NHRA national event and finishing as the runner up in 1997 and 1996.
"We've had some success there," Pedregon said. "In fact, it's a race that Dickie Venables (2002) was a co-crew chief -- stepped in the crew chief position and won the race. We do have a little bit of history there. This car, at sea level, is going to be strong.
"We're going to go back to our standard set up," Pedregon continued. "We have our qualifying down, now we need to focus on our race day program. I've really been impressed with our Quaker State products; they've allowed us to really improve our qualifying program. Quaker State's extreme performance formulations are new and real plus for racing.
"I think we'll go back to our standard set up, even with the new Goodyear tires," Pedregon added. "We'll adjust. Once again, they made a good call. The tire is lighter, it puts less stress on the rear end of the car and seems to be safer. For us to come out of this race having made a lot of advancements, it does seem like we're going in the right direction."
QUALIFYING PROWESS: Tony Pedregon and the Quaker State Racing Monte Carlo Nitro Funny Car has qualified in the top half of the field seven times already this season. Of those races, Pedregon has three number-one qualifiers and three number-two efforts.