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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

 

Tony to race Pink in Atlanta

APCF Release Atl 2014

Indianapolis, IN (May 14, 2014) – Two Time Funny Car Champ Tony Pedregon unveils a new hot pink, sparkling cross design at the NHRA Southern Nationals to promote the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation “Spark Of Hope”.

As our team continues to make progress with our performance, the timing is perfect to once again race for a cause and help support the efforts of my wife’s charity that has generated much needed funding to cancer research that ultimately saves lives,” said Tony Pedregon.

The Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation was established in 2010 and is best known for its projects and live auctions. 100% of the funds raised go to children’s causes and cancer research as well as Melanoma, Prostate & Colon Cancer research. To date, Andrea’s Charity has donated close to $200,000.00

I feel we have a great opportunity to reach our fan base here in sunny Atlanta and support National Skin Cancer Awareness month” stated Andrea Pedregon. “We are encouraging ALL cancer survivors – and friends/family who have lost someone special to join us before the track walk begins on Sunday and sign the hood of Tony’s funny car. Our car will then honor those who have fought and remember those who have passed”, added Andrea.

For more information about the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation (a registered 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization) please visit: www.apcf.tonypedregon.com.

Contacts:

Andrea Pedregon

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(810) 841-6801

 

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