AUCTION AT NHRA U.S. NATIONALS TO BENEFIT IU SIMON CANCER CENTER
The auction hosted by the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation "A Spark of Hope" (APCF) will be held in two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon's pit and hospitality area following the last pro qualifying session on Sunday, August 31. All fans are welcome to attend and bid on their favorite items including team apparel, helmets, car parts and more. Anticipated start time is approximately 5 p.m.
One hundred percent of the auction's proceeds will go to the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis for pediatric cancer research. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in children after accidents. More than 10,000 kids under age 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in the United States this year.
Prolong Super Lubricants Announces Tony Pedregon Sponsorship
Two-time National Hot Rod Association funny car world champion Tony Pedregon has chosen Prolong Super Lubricants as his primary lubricant sponsor for the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Pedregon has had 43 career wins, with a career-best elapsed time at 4.041 seconds, and he holds the record of quickest quarter-mile run in funny car history at 4.659 seconds.
Pedregon says he trusts Prolong products to protect the 10,000 horsepower engine in his funny car. His crew uses Prolong's newest Nitro Racing Oil, designed to deliver extra protection and performance in alcohol- or nitromethane-fueled race engines. In addition to Prolong's Nitro Racing Oil, he also adds the company's performance-enhancing Engine Treatment and Oil Stabilizer. Even Pedregon's transport vehicle gets a boost from Prolong products, with Diesel Injector Cleaner and Diesel Fuel System Cleaner to help improve mileage as the team travels. And the company's Waterless Wash & Shine and Super Protectant keep both the transporter and the racecar looking clean. Read More
Pedregon has fond memories of Topeka
For a brilliant three-year stretch from 2001 through 2003, Funny Car standout Tony Pedregon was unbeatable at Heartland Park Topeka. The two-time world champion won three straight races at the facility, a feat matched by only one other driver in NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car history.
Needless to say, Pedregon is excited to return to Topeka for the 26th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals over Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25.
“It’s considered one of the supertracks, and Topeka was definitely a little ahead of its time when it was built,” Pedregon said. “The track surface is always good, and it’s always been a quick and fast track. You always have tracks you’re partial to, and you have a tendency to remember the ones where you’ve had success. I’ve had a lot of fond memories at Topeka.”
This year’s race marks the eighth of 24 events during the 2014 NHRA season. Shawn Langdon (Top Fuel), Johnny Gray (Funny Car), and Jeg Coughlin Jr. (Pro Stock) were last year’s winners of the event that will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
This season, Pedregon feels his team and his 8,000-horsepower American Racing Toyota Camry is already in a better place than it has been for the past two years. He picked up a round-win in Las Vegas earlier this season and feels his performance and the car’s consistency continue to improve.
“It’s taken a while to rebuild my program,” Pedregon said. “My approach used to be to win at any expense, but we’re not in a position to do that right now. But we’re working hard and have made a lot of improvements, and we’re going to Topeka with a good car. In the last two years, we’ve come a long way. I’m much more confident going into this race.”
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