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Fox 59 Video Interview with Andrea Pedregon

Thursday, March 10th, 2011 - Indiana’s Fox 59 News Team featured a video interview with Pedregon Racing’s Team Manager Andrea Pedregon on March 10th. Andrea shared with the reporter details about the recent successful fundraiser for Melanoma Research.



Pedregons Present $40,000 Melenoma Research Check to Simon Cancer Center

Dr. Chris Touloukian & Andrea PedregonFebruary 15th, 2011 Andrea and Tony Pedregon presented a $40,000 check for Melanoma research to Dr. Chris Touloukian of the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. The funds were raised from sales of the The Real Housewives of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing 2011 Calendar, a charity project Andrea Pedregon started on September 27th, 2010 which was a great success thanks to NHRA fans.

Dr. Touloukian was joined by IU Simon Cancer Center Director, Pat Loehrer who both accepted the funds on behalf of the Motorsports fans who purchased the calendars. Also in attendance were Tony and Ali Dixon (Andrea’s Sister), John & Brenda Lukovich (Andrea’s Parents), Pedregon Racing’s Amy Okuhara, Senior Associate Director of Development Amber Senseny, CARA Charities Lisa Richey-Burgiss, Cathy Lyon & Brad Haberman and Wes Collier, the General Manager of Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis.

The Real Housewives of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing 2011 Calendar fund raising project came about after Andrea lost her dear childhood friend, Angi, due to the effects of Melanoma Cancer in the summer of 2010 at age 42. Andrea felt driven to do something, in some way, to help prevent this terrible disease and help make the Motorsports community aware of it’s dangers after losing her friend, and indeed she did. In a very short time span she arranged the creation of the calendar with the help of the motorsports community and sold out all 1500 copies by December 27th last year. Andrea said “I was deeply touched by the personal Melanoma stories that so many individuals shared with me when purchasing the calendar.”

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American Racing joins Tony Pedregon Racing in 2011

(February 10, 2011) — American Racing, the iconic market leader of performance and off-road wheels, has teamed up with 2x World Champion Tony Pedregon as an associate and primary sponsor of his Nitro Funny Car in the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series.

“American Racing has long been a leader in the racing industry through vehicle sponsorships, racing event sponsorships and the development of our high performance racing products that have been used on NHRA, USAC, Off-road, Drift and Rally tracks across the country and the world” stated Jody Groce, president of Wheel Pros. “To be involved with a legend like Tony Pedregon for these premier NHRA events is an exciting opportunity. Tony brings with him a tradition of excellence to our team which will continue to build on our 50+ year racing heritage.”

The American Racing brand will serve as the primary sponsor on select races including:
  • Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Feb. 24-27
  • Automobile Club of Southern California, Pomona, Nov. 10-13

“As a professional racer and performance enthusiast, I have grown up knowing the history and popularity of American Racing wheels and it is a privilege to partner with a company that has had such an influence and tradition in our sport” stated Tony Pedregon. “I look forward to debuting our American Racing Funny Car at one of the most exciting races of the year!”

Pedregon who won the NHRA World Championship in 2003 and 2007, will be entering his 18th year of his pro career. Tony Pedregon is 2nd on the list of all-time Funny Car wins with 43.

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WIX Filters announces NHRA team sponsorships

Wix Filters and Tony PedregonTuesday, February 22nd, 2011 - WIX® Filters, a member of the Affinia Group family of brands, has announced season-long associate sponsorships of Cruz Pedregon Racing and Tony Pedregon Racing and the teams’ Nitro Funny Cars for the 2011 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, marking WIX’s first foray into NHRA Racing.

WIX Filters will join Cruz Pedregon Racing and Tony Pedregon Racing at the season-opening 51st annual Kragen O’Reilly Winternationals, Feb. 24-27, at Pomona, Calif.

“It’s an honor to partner with a brand like WIX Filters that displays such a dedication to product quality and engineering,” said Cruz Pedregon, a two-time NHRA Funny Car champion. “I’ve prided myself for years by aligning myself with well-recognized companies and WIX Filters is right up there at the top.”

In addition to the associate sponsorships of the two teams, WIX will be the lead sponsor of Tony Pedregon Racing at the second annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals from April 14-17, at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.

“WIX has a great reputation for high performance and technical superiority,” said Tony Pedregon, a two-time NHRA World Champion and second on the all-time win list with 43 career Funny Car wins. “We are excited to add a brand that brings a passionate commitment to excellence to our team.”

WIX Filters is a long-time supporter of racing at all levels, from dirt tracks to superspeedways, and cherishes the opportunity to begin building relationships on the ¼-mile this year.

“WIX is looking forward to supporting both Cruz Pedregon Racing and Tony Pedregon Racing in 2011, while getting to know and engaging with the fans that make NHRA such a popular and compelling sport,” said Jeff Blocher, vice president of sales at WIX Filters, a brand with a rich heritage as an advocate of racing and a regular in victory lane for more than 40 years at the highest levels in NASCAR®.

WIX is adding teams in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and the Indy Racing League to its motorsports sponsorship program in 2011. These sponsorships are in addition to WIX’s team sponsorships of Stewart-Hass Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, and Joe Gibbs Racing which all compete in the NASCAR Sprint® Cup Series.

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