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.”
Tony to race Pink in Atlanta
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.
Tony Solid with a 4.127 for 5th after day one.
Tony qualifies fifth today in the first round of the Gatornationals. Solid in the show for Sunday Tony's 4.127 et and 285.412 mph handled the tricky new surface.
1. Bob Tasca III, Ford Mustang, 4.103, 304.39. 2. Jack Beckman, Dodge Charger, 4.108, 275.96. 3. Chad Head, Toyota Camry, 4.115, 300.46. 4. Ron Capps, Charger, 4.121, 302.14. 5. Tony Pedregon, Camry, 4.127, 285.41. 6. Del Worsham, Camry, 4.128, 307.23. 7. Robert Hight, Mustang, 4.132, 303.78. 8. Cruz Pedregon, Camry, 4.148, 305.08. 9. Tim Wilkerson, Mustang, 4.188, 299.60. 10. Matt Hagan, Charger, 4.189, 288.95. 11. John Force, Mustang, 4.380, 246.98. 12. Alexis DeJoria, Camry, 4.799, 167.76. Not Qualified: 13. Tommy Johnson Jr., 5.075, 147.96. 14. Blake Alexander, 6.388, 98.77. 15. Dave Richards, 7.109, 92.05. 16. Jeff Arend, 7.669, 83.02. 17. Courtney Force, 8.184, 73.00.
AMERICAN RACING WHEELS AND TONY PEDREGON EXPAND PARTNERSHIP
Brownsburg, Indiana February 4, 2014 - Two-time funny car champion Tony Pedregon and American Racing Wheels have extended their partnership through 2015 to compete in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The American Racing Custom Wheels nitro funny car will once again debut at the historic Winternationals in Southern California this weekend. The new livery will feature a candy apple red paint scheme with a vintage flavor.
"Our team is better prepared to start the season than we have been in sometime. The relationship with American Racing Wheels and our other partners have placed us in a position that we expect better performance on track as well as providing a great platform to showcase American Racing Wheels to the passionate NHRA audience".
The NHRA Circle K Winternationals will be the first of seven events on the circuit that will feature the American Racing Wheels branding as Primary Sponsor on Pedregon's Toyota.
"American Racing started out by making wheels for drag racing and it's where our heritage and history are in the sport," said American Racing Marketing Director Rhett Sander. "I remember as a kid watching Flaming Frank Pedregon race at Lions Drag Strip on American Racing Wheels so it just seems like a natural progression to team up and continue growing our relationship with Tony".
This season marks Pedregon's 21st year in pro competition. He won the NHRA World Championship in 2003 & 2007 and currently holds 507 round-wins.
About American Racing
American Racing is an iconic brand and a wheel industry leader in craftsmanship, engineering, innovation and performance. Founded in 1956 as a manufacturer of bespoke magnesium and aluminum racing wheels, its roots date back to the golden era of hot rodding. American Racing is a Wheel Pros brand. Wheel Pros products are sold worldwide in more than 20 countries on four continents and through a U.S. network of more than 25,000 authorized dealers. It is one of the world's largest suppliers of branded custom wheels, performance tires and related accessories for cars, SUVs and light trucks.
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