Tony Pedregon Faces Off Against Brother Cruz Q Racing Driver Advances to Second Round SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2005) - Q Racing Nitro Funny Car driver Tony Pedregon moved his way to the second round of eliminations during today's FRAM Autolite...
Tony Pedregon Faces Off Against Brother Cruz
Q Racing Driver Advances to Second Round
SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2005) - Q Racing Nitro Funny Car driver Tony Pedregon moved his way to the second round of eliminations during today's FRAM Autolite NHRA at Infineon Raceway.
During the second round of eliminations, the Q car encountered an ignition system problem that wrested power from the engine. Pedregon lapped the Sonoma quarter mile in 5.040 seconds at 274.94 mph, falling to Tony Bartone's pass of 4.941 seconds at 313.29 mph.
In round one, Pedregon outran brother Cruz - who smoked the tires - clicking off a 4.874-second elapsed time at 316.38 mph to Cruz's effort of 5.933 seconds at 160.25 mph.
"The Q team is satisfied with the car set up and adjustments we put into place today," Pedregon explained. "Everything in the car reacted as we had expected, but we experienced a glitch in the ignition that cost us the second round."
Pedregon comments on this year's progression of the Q Racing team after completing the West Coast swing - Denver, Seattle and Sonoma.
"I really like the direction this team is taking," Pedregon said "Dickie (Venbables, crew chief) and I are pleased we have a predictable car that responds to our input. We are getting better as the race season advances; we are gaining experience and consistency, pair that with good performance and we'll be right on track."
The California resident leaves the Infineon Raceway with a track record elapsed time of 4.759 seconds at 321.12 mph. So far this year, Pedregon has also qualified in the number one position and broken the elapsed-time record in Pomona, Calif. with a 4.681-second pass, and Chandler, Ariz., at 4.703 seconds.