Tony Pedregon pinch hits for brother, Cruz at Indy test


Two-time NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon took a break from his current duties as a color analyst on the NHRA Fox Sports television broadcasts to return to the seat of a 10,000 horsepower nitro Funny Car. Pedregon got the opportunity during a recent test session at Lucas Oil Raceway, Indianapolis, where he was asked to fill in for his brother, Cruz, behind the wheel of his Snap-on Toyota. Cruz was away on business, and was unable to attend the test, which also included Del Worsham’s Funny Car and Brittany Force’s Top Fuel dragster.

“This was sort of a last minute deal where Cruz called me and asked if I’d drive his car,” Tony noted. “Obviously, Cruz and his guys have been working hard to get their car sorted out. They’ve made a lot of progress but after Atlanta, they felt like they needed to test. I was happy to help out.”

Tony, who had not driven since parking his own car at the end of the 2015 season, got a chance to make several runs and even carded a career-best 3.97, his first three-second run, on an early shut off pass of just 281-mph.

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