Tony Pedregon Racing joins Herzog Contracting Corp. at NHRA Kansas Nationals
TOPEKA, Kan. (May 15, 2013) – Tony Pedregon Racing and Herzog Contracting Corp., specialists in heavy/highway and railroad construction, announced they will partner for the NHRA Kansas Nationals May 17- 19.
The team is enthusiastic about having the longtime sponsor back on board for the eighth race of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
“Herzog has been a longtime supporter of my team,” said Pedregon. “Although they scaled back some this year, it is great for them to step in at their home track and continue to show how much they value their customers and the sport of Drag Racing.”
“Herzog Contracting Corp. is once again excited to pair up with Tony Pedregon Racing for the NHRA Kansas Nationals,” said Dan Samford, Vice President of Equipment Division. “Our seven year run with the Pedregon's brought us two NHRA Funny Car World Championships. That’s something that put us as sponsors in an elite group. The Pedregon’s bring excitement and all out competition to the line each time they compete in the NHRA Drag Racing Series.”
Herzog has been affiliated with the team since 2004 and plans to have a large group of employees and customers in attendance for the race.
“We will be at Topeka in full force with the Herzog group of employees and customers to hopefully put the Herzog branded Toyota in the winner’s circle,” said Samford. “Herzog is a full service, ‘all out’ transportation contractor. We put our customers in the winner’s circle with each project we complete and NHRA entertainment does the same with every event they produce.”
Pedregon made his mark on the Heartland Park in Topeka when he won sequential races in 2001, 2002, and 2003.
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Athlete of the Week: Tony Pedregon
This week’s TriadSportsCoverage.com Athlete of the Week is Tony Pedregon. Tony is a 2-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car Champion and Owner / Driver for Team Pedregon Racing. TriadSportsCoverage had an opportunity to meet Tony at the Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, fueled by Full Throttle, at zMAX Dragway, on Sunday while he and his team helped provide an area family, affected by Muscular Dystrophy, with an extra special VIP experience at the race track. We were so blown away by both his talent and giving spirit that we decided to award him with this week’s Athlete of the Week.
The youngest of the Pedregon brothers, both Tony and his brother, Cruz Pedregon, are both past NHRA Funny Car Champions and are also competing for the 2013 Championship. Tony began his drag racing career, with the NHRA, in 1993 after qualifying for his first event driving a Top Fuel Dragster. Two short years later, Tony ran a limited Funny Car Schedule, for car owner, Larry Minor. Complete Story
Tony Pedregon sets sights on NHRA Four-Wide Nationals with WIX Filters
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 16, 2013) - Tony Pedregon unveils a new design for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte this weekend as he partners with WIX® Filters, a member of the Affinia Group family of brands.
WIX will serve as the primary sponsor for Pedregon’s Toyota Funny Car at Mello Yello Drag Racing events later this year in Chicago, Seattle and Pomona as well.
“WIX Filters has been very supportive of our team and of the sport of drag racing,” said Pedregon. “Our audience will be glad to know that the best performing and most reliable filter company in the world is set to hit the track for the exciting Four-Wide event.”
“WIX is looking forward to another action-packed season of NHRA racing with Team Pedregon,” said Mike Harvey, brand manager for WIX Filters. “The Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is one of the most popular forms of racing and serving as the primary at four races known for enthusiastic crowds, including zMAX Dragway this weekend, offers us a great platform to highlight the WIX brand.”
About WIX Filters
Since 1939, Wix® Filters has been an innovator in filtration products. WIX designs, manufactures and distributes products for automotive, diesel, agricultural, industrial and specialty filter markets. Its product line includes oil, air, cabin interior, fuel, coolant, transmission and hydraulic filters for automobiles, trucks, off-road equipment and manufacturing applications. For more information, visit www.wixfilters.com. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/wixfilters, follow us on Twitter @WIXFilters and visit our YouTube page at youtube.com/TheWIXFilters.
About Affinia Group Inc.
Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket products for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $1.5 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.affiniagroup.com.
Tony Pedregon debuts his Komatsu machine in Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 1, 2013) – Tony Pedregon Racing will sport a new look at the NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas this weekend. The team is partnering with Komatsu, a worldwide manufacturer of construction and mining equipment.
The brand will highlight their Komatsu Care program, which provides complementary factory scheduled maintenance on Komatsu equipment. With the added support of a great manufacturer like Komatsu, the team looks to make strides at the Las Vegas event.
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Komatsu,” Pedregon said. “They have many customers that look forward to the race weekend.”
Pedregon will also make an appearance at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall during his stay. The two time champ will have his new Komatsu and Sam’s Town Toyota funny car on display at the hotel on Wednesday, April 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Fans can stop by for autographs and pictures, while entering for a chance to win free race tickets and VIP hospitality passes to the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas.
The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will host the NHRA Nationals April 5-7. Pedregon will be looking to continue his improvement during qualifying and getting in a solid race.
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