Tony Pedregon Kicks Off 2013 NHRA Season With American Racing Custom Wheels
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Feb. 8, 2013) – Tony Pedregon Racing and American Racing Custom Wheels will once again partner for the 2013 for the Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series beginning at the season opening Winternationals in Pomona, California.
The car, designed by Pedregon and designer Doug Sholty, features a gloss and flat black finish with gold leaf accents and bright red trim.
“We have received a great response from fans who appreciate the inspiration and time that goes into the appearance the American Racing cars,” Pedregon said. “This design is driven by the passion and heritage of American Racing Wheels and the hot rodder mentality that fuels the car.”
American Racing will serve as the primary sponsor for Pedregon during the Pomona, Phoenix, Gainesville and Denver events.
“Our company’s very first wheels were built for drag racing back in the 1950s,” said American Racing Marketing Director Rhett Sander. “Our heritage and history are closely tied to drag racing and we’re pleased to continue this partnership in 2013.”
This year Tony Pedregon will enter a milestone 20th year of pro competition. Pedregon, who won the NHRA World Championship in 2003 and 2007, remains second on the list of all-time Funny Car winners.
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.
Annual Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation project transforms to yearbook
With the continued support of the NHRA as a whole, Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation has produced calendars for the past two seasons highlighting several drivers and teams. However, after the last calendar expanded to 18 months, APCF focused on a new project: the uniquely created NHRA yearbook.
The yearbook, entitled Life’s A Drag, will ship before Christmas. Highlighted throughout the piece is behind the scenes access to drivers and their families. Every top ten driver in the pro classes is highlighted, and this year APCF, also known as ‘A Spark of Hope’ will showcase shots never seen before.
“Through the support of the NHRA fans, APCF has been able to impact more lives than I would have ever thought possible,” said Andrea Pedregon, founder and wife of two-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Champion Tony Pedregon. “Although I have changed it slightly for this year, I believe the yearbook will give NHRA fans the behind the scenes access to their favorite drivers they are really craving for.”
The NHRA calendars have proven to be a success thanks to the support of the NHRA fan base. Nearly $100,000 has been donated the past two seasons to charities such as the New Jersey Sharing Network, Girls Night In, Indiana University Cancer Center for use in children’s cancer research and Melanoma cancer research. This year’s yearbook raised funds are going to a new cause: prostate and colon cancer research.
“There are so many causes that need support, and I believe this is an important one,” said Pedregon. “This could impact many of our drivers and crews and it makes it vital that we try to find a cure for it.”
Life’s A Drag costs $25.00 plus shipping, and as always 100% of the proceeds go directly to the research. The People magazine style yearbook can be bought at www.tonypedregon.com/store, and at the Nitrofish trackside locations in the 2013 season. The yearbook makes a great gift for any NHRA fan, and a great keepsake on the last season of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series.
Top Fuel: Antron Brown, Tony Schumacher, Spencer Massey, Brandon Bernstein, Shawn Langdon, Doug Kalitta, Morgan Lucas, Bob Vandergriff, Steve Torrence, David Grubnic, Hillary Will, Larry Dixon, Funny Car: Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Mike Neff, Cruz Pedregon, Courtney Force, Johnny Gray, Robert Hight, Tim Wilkerson, John Force, Jeff Arend, Matt Hagan, Bob Tasca, Tony Pedregon, Pro Stock Car: Allen Johnson, Jason Line, Vincent Nobile, Erica Enders, Greg Anderson, Mike Edwards, V Gaines, Ron Krisher, Jeg Coughlin, Larry Morgan, Shane Gray, Pro Stock Motorcycle: Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, Hector Arana Jr., Hector Arana Sr., Karen Stoffer, Matt Smith, Angie Smith, Scotty Pollacheck Michael Ray Jr., Louis Tonglet Jr.
NHRA Full Throttle 2012 Yearbook Benefits Cancer Research
BROWNSBURG, IN – Fans of NHRA Full Throttle Drag racing can pre-order a collectable yearbook from the 2012 season that will be available just in time for Christmas. The yearbook, titled "Life's A Drag," will feature full-color action and candid photos of the NHRA’s hottest drivers and their families.
Produced by Andrea Pedregon, founder of the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation, “A Spark of Hope,” the 60-page year in review will highlight the 2012 races and give fans a glimpse into what their favorite pro drivers do when they are not racing.
Proceeds from the sales will benefit colon and prostate cancer research. Pedregon, wife of two-time Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon, raised nearly $100,000 to support melanoma and children’s cancer research in the past two years through sales of her foundation’s “Real Housewives” and “Real Families” calendars featuring NHRA drivers and their families.
"I am continually fueled to create new charity projects, thanks to the enormous support from NHRA drivers, teams, sponsors and fans,” Pedregon said. “The yearbook sales will support additionally needed research and awareness for prostate and colon cancer."
Fans can order the “Life’s a Drag” yearbook now Click Here for just $25 each, plus shipping, for guaranteed Christmas delivery. For more information about the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation, visit www.andreapedregon.com.
WIX Filters and Tony Pedregon Hit Reading Race with New XP Filter Look
This weekend will mark the 21st of 23 events on the NHRA circuit. Partners WIX filters and 2-time champion Tony Pedregon will unveil a new WIX paint scheme on the 300mph Toyota Camry.
WIX Filters’ new XP oil filter line is engineered for today’s toughest driving conditions. Heavy loads, city driving and severe driving conditions are no match for the enhanced durability of our latest offering. WIX XP Filters provide the ultimate protection, offering technology for the latest advancements in synthetic oil and extended mileage. Visit wixfilters.com for more information.
“In the high-powered sport of drag racing, our team depends on the highest quality and durability of products. In over 100 runs down the racetrack this year alone, Wix Filters is one of the few components that has been perfect and reliable. Not bad for a car that makes close to 10,000 horsepower!” This will be a great opportunity to inform our audience of the newest Wix product.
With 2 wins in Reading, the Wix team will be looking to continue the fast-paced action in what should be ideal race conditions. There will be 2 qualifying sessions for the nitro cars at 2 and 5 on Friday and at 12 and 3 on Saturday before eliminations begin Sunday at 11am.
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