PEDREGON/AMERICAN RACING ROLL INTO VEGAS
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Tony Pedregon and the American Racing Custom Wheels Toyota will take on the competition at this weekends Summit Nationals at "The Strip" in Las Vegas. Returning to the city where he won two NHRA titles, Tony will start the weekend with an appearance and meet and greet at the California Hotel & Casino. "The California is proud to be a sponsor of Tony Pedregon. We are looking forward to hosting this meet and greet this evening" said Ashlen Manos, Director of Marketing. The car will be on display from 6-8pm on Thursday located on 3rd Street North off of Freemont Street. Just a few blocks away at the California Hotel (in the Maile Room) an autograph/photo session with Tony will begin with Tony from 7-8pm.
Pedregon said, "The NHRA audience knows that nothing’s more exciting than race weekend in Vegas, but what makes it complete is having a great place to stay with lots to do and easy access to the track.”
Just a few minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, the California Hotel features shops, multiple restaurants and casino, AND the nearby world-famous Freemont Street Experience. Enjoy viewing the largest LED screen in the world, special events & roaming street performers. The California Hotel is located at 12 East Odgen Avenue,Las Vegas. Learn more online at: www.thecal.com
For more information on Tony Pedregon: www.tonypedregon.com
For more information on American Racing Wheels: www.american racing.com
TONY PEDREGON LOSES CLOSE RACE IN FIRST ROUND AT GATORNATIONALS
(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) March 16, 2015–Tony Pedregon and his American Racing Funny Car Race Team qualified 13th this past weekend at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida, but exited the race early after a close first round loss.
In the first round of competition Tony Pedregon faced Tim Wilkerson. Pedregon was out of the gate and led most of the way, but Wilkerson grabbed the win by the slightest of margins –MOV 0.0259 seconds Pedregon had the third quickest time of all Funny Cars in the first round, but in this match up Pedregon came up just short with an E.T. 4.094 at 306.26 mph to Wilkerson’s E.T. 4.088 at 311.20 m.p.h.
“Losing in the first round is a drag even though it was a close one” stated a disappointed Pedregon. “We had the third quickest time of the first round, but the flipside is we have once again fixed the American Racing car so I know it will perform at the next race. Our focus will shift to improving our qualifying position then being solid on race day at the next race.”
Tony Pedregon who won the NHRA World Championship in 2003 and 2007, is tied for 2nd on the list of all-time NHRA Funny Car wins with 43.
GAINESVILLE RACE RESULTS:
QUALIFIED: 13th, 4.194 297.88 mph
ROUND 1: Pedregon 4.094/306.26mph vs. Wilkerson 4.088/311.20mph
NEXT RACE: The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series continues March 27-29 with the NHRA Four-
Wide Nationals in Charlotte, NC.
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