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TONY PEDREGON AND THE AMERICAN RACING NITRO FUNNY CAR TEAM HEAD EAST TO THE HISTORIC GATORNATIONALS

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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

For more information on Tony, please go to www.tonypedregon.com  and www.nhra.com

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

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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

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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.

For more information, please contact Evan Smith at REVan Media, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 201-376-3069.

 

 

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. 
 

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