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.
TONY PEDREGON AND THE AMERICAN RACING NITRO FUNNY CAR TEAM HEAD EAST TO THE HISTORIC GATORNATIONALS
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 10, 2015) –Tony Pedregon, former 2x NHRA Nitro Funny Car World Champion and his American Racing Nitro Funny Car team head into Gainesville this weekend looking for their first win of the season at the 46th annual NHRA Gatornatioals, March 12-15 at the Auto-Plus Raceway in Gainesville, Florida.
Fresh off a career-best 4.03 ET seconds in Pomona and a strong 4.06 ET effort in Phoenix the American Racing Wheels Funny Car Team heads into Gainesville coming off their quickest runs in a while. This is the third stop of the 24 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events in 2015.
The traditional East Coast opener is one of the sport’s most revered with a rich tradition of history-making performances. The Gatornationals has entertained spring-break-loving fans for decades with such notable occasions as the first 260-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car runs in 1984 and the first 270-mph and 300-mph Top Fuel passes, in 1986 and 1992, respectively. Its 675-foot concrete launchpad is one of the longest on the tour.
"Our efforts are finally showing an improvement and I look forward to keeping the momentum moving forward,” stated Pedregon. “Our team has worked very hard, we had a career best run in Pomona and we are now seeing results.”
The Gatornationals will mark the first race with the American racing wheels retro black livery.
Tony Pedregon who won the NHRA World Championship in 2003 and 2007, is 2nd on the list of all-time NHRA Funny Car wins with 43.
After conquering the Gatornationals, the NHRA season heads to the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, NC on March 27 – 29
GAINESVILLE WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, March 13
Nitro Qualifying Session (Funny Car / Top Fuel Dragster) – 1:30 PM (ET)
Nitro Qualifying Session (Funny Car / Top Fuel Dragster) – 4:30 PM (ET)
SATURDAY, March 14
Nitro Qualifying Session (Top Fuel Dragster / Funny Car) – 12:45 PM (ET)
Nitro Qualifying Session (Top Fuel Dragster / Funny Car) – 3:45 PM (ET)
SUNDAY, March 15
Final Eliminations – 11:00 AM (ET)
GAINESVILLE ESPN2 TELEVISION COVERAGE
March 15 – Qualifying: 1:30 AM - 3:30 AM ET/10:30 PM - 12:30 AM PT (Airing on 3/14/2015) (ESPN2)1:30-3:30 am (ET)
March 15 Qualifying re-air: 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM ET/4:00 AM - 6:00 AM PT (ESPN2)
March 15 – Eliminations: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET/4:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT (ESPN2
How to Get to Gainesville Raceway: The track is on County Road 225, eight miles north of Gainesville Regional Airport. If traveling north on I-75, use Exit 382, Williston Road (SR 331), and turn left (east). Williston Road will become Waldo Road (State Route 24) after it crosses U.S. 441. Continue on Waldo Road to NE 53rd Avenue, turn left, then immediately right onto CR 225 and continue 3.5 miles to the racetrack. From I-75 north or south, use Exit 390, 39th Avenue (SR 222), go east to Waldo Road (SR 24), turn left, go to NE 53rd Avenue, turn left, then immediately right onto CR 225 and continue 3.5 miles to the track.
Tony Starts Season at Pomona with a no. 5 Starting Spot
The Q3 stunner: There’s no denying that Tony Pedregon has had a challenging few seasons, but could that change this season? If his run in the third qualifying session is any indication, the answer quite possibly could be yes. Pedregon stunned everyone when he blasted to a 4.030 in Q3. The run was a career-best for the two-time world champion, and it moved him up to No. 2 at the time.
Micro Strategies To Sponsor Two-Time NHRA Champ Tony Pedregon
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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