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Micro Strategies To Sponsor Two-Time NHRA Champ Tony Pedregon

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Charlotte, NC—Micro Strategies, an award-winning technology company, is proud to announce the primary sponsorship of two-time Mello Yellow NHRA Champion Tony Pedregon’s Nitro Funny Car at the upcoming Pep Boys Carolina Nationals (September 12-14), and the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway (October 2-5).

Micro Strategies (www.microstrat.com), an IBM and Microsoft business partner, will harness the 10,000 horsepower of motorsports’ most powerful cars, and in the process, present its brand to the massive NHRA drag racing audience. "Being a drag racer myself, it’s a natural progression for Micro Strategies to team up with Tony, who is a two-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion and great representative of the sport," said Anthony Bongiovanni, President and CEO of Micro Strategies. “Drag racing has helped us engage current and potential customers; they love the speed, power, and technology that surrounds NHRA drag racing. Our sponsorship serves as unique, high-impact platform to showcase Micro Strategies’ multitude of business solutions,” he added.

"Micro Strategies is a top performer providing technology solutions, and Anthony is a racer like myself. It’s great to partner with a person and a brand that understands the importance of reaching the NHRA audience. The car will be branded in a similar fashion to his stable of Cobra Jets that Anthony competes with, and I hope we don't wheelstand quite as high," said Tony Pedgreon. “Our goal is to create an impact with the fans, who are potential customers. Ultimately, we will showcase Micro Strategies capabilities in technology and business and present the brand to new customers,” said Pedregon. Be the first to see the Micro Strategies Funny Car by stopping by Compare Foods Supermarket located at 818 E. Arrowood Road, Charlotte, NC 28217 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on September 10th.

About Micro Strategies:

With over 30 years in the technology industry, Micro Strategies is renowned for its business solutions. This equates to efficiency, innovation and strategies that lead to success. “We have established alliances and working partnerships with leading software and hardware companies,” said Bongiovanni. “Micro Strategies has successfully coupled our hands-on expertise and client service philosophy with the best that technology can provide to deliver comprehensive business solutions to our clients,” he added. Fans can also follow Bongiovanni Racing on Facebook and on Instagram @bongiovanniracing.

About Tony Pedregon:

Tony Pedregon (born March 8, 1965) is a two-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car Champion from Torrance, California. He is also the youngest of the Pedregon brothers. Pedregon resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife Andrea. He has four children, two daughters, Cecily and Arielle, and two sons, Desidario and Benecio. He is also the son of Drag Racing Legend Flamin' Frank Pedregon.

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AUCTION AT NHRA U.S. NATIONALS TO BENEFIT IU SIMON CANCER CENTER

Fans attending the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway this weekend can participate in a live and silent auction of drag racing collectibles and unique items that will raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

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.
 
NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Steve Johnson will bring his big personality as celebrity auctioneer for the live auction. 2012 "Hoosier Rock Idol" Matthew Hurt will perform for fans.

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.
 
 APCF has been raising awareness and funds for cancer research, among other causes, since founded by Andrea Pedregon in 2010. With a donation of $50,000 in 2013 for colon and prostate cancer research efforts, Pedregon's non-profit organization has raised more than $140,000 to benefit melanoma, children's cancer, and colon and prostate cancer research at IU Simon Cancer Center.
 
The fundraiser at last year's U.S. Nationals netted $26,000. APCF will gratefully accept unique items and donations for the auction through August 30. Contact Andrea Pedregon or call 317-858-9300. 
 

Prolong Super Lubricants Announces Tony Pedregon Sponsorship

128571TonyPedre 00000077325Two-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.”

Read more: Pedregon has fond memories of Topeka

 

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