Tony Pedregon

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Tony Pedregon
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Tony Pedregons Dragster at John Force Racing
Nationality American
Born (1965-03-08)March 8, 1965
Torrance, California
Related to Cruz Pedregon (brother)
Frank Pedregon (father)
Funny Car
Years active 1993 - Present
Wins 43
Fastest laps 4.659 seconds (quarter mile)
Best finish 1st in 2003, 2007
Awards
1996 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award

Tony Pedregon (born March 8, 1965) is a 2-time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car Champion from Torrance, California. He is also the youngest of the Pedregon brothers. His brother Cruz Pedregon is the 1992 NHRA Mello Yello Series Funny Car Champion.

Career[edit]

Early Days[edit]

In 1993 Pedregon qualified for his first NHRA event driving a Top Fuel Dragster.[1] In 1995 He ran a limited Funny Car Schedule for car owner Larry Minor.

John Force Racing Days[edit]

In 1996 Pedregon made his Debut at John Force Racing driving a funny car. In his first season with the team he made 7 final round appearances, winning his first career event at Atlanta and finishing 2nd overall in season points under car owner John Force. He was also named the inaugural winner of the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award. In 1997 Tony beat brother Cruz in the first ever funny car final between brothers. He was also the number one qualifier in 3 events and made it to 5 finals. In 1998 He won 2 events in 2 Finals. In 1999 Pedregon Was the No. 1 qualifier at four events and posted the quickest time in history when he clocked a 4.779 second run at Gainesville Raceway Runner-up in the Funny Car bonus race at Indianapolis . In 2000 Pedregon went to 6 Finals Collecting 2 wins.[2]

In 2001 Pedregon won at Englishtown after qualifying 1st a career 1st. He also won back to back races for the first time in his career. In 2002 he won 6 times in 8 final rounds and finished 2nd in points for the 4th time in his career. He also won 3 consecutive races for the first time in his career. In 2003 Pedregon Finally won the Championship becoming the first driver to win besides John Force since 1992 when brother Cruz won. He also won 8 events that season putting him 4th on the all time career win list. Pedregon decided at the end of the season to go join brother Cruz and form Pedregon Racing.[3]

Pedregon Racing[edit]

Pedregon at Charlotte in 2011

In his first season as a team owner, finished No. 8 in the final Championship standings, his ninth consecutive season finishing in the top 10. Pedregon recorded his Career-best E.T. is the seventh quickest Funny Car pass in NHRA history and Recorded two of the 10 fastest Funny Car speeds in NHRA history (331.28, Chicago 1; 329.83, Atlanta). His career won-lost record in elimination rounds of 319-189 is 13th-best among all active pro drivers with 50 or more decisions. Was the No. 1 qualifier three times (Las Vegas 1, Atlanta, Chicago 1); Qualified for all 23 events, upping his national event qualifying streak to 87 consecutive races dating back to Bristol 2001, fifth best among all active pro driver. Tony Pedregon joins a short list of only 4 NHRA Professional drag racers to have ever been nominated for the prestigious ESPY Best Driver Award. Joining Pedregon are Tony Schumacher, John Force, Greg Anderson and Melanie Troxel. No drag racer has ever won the ESPY Best Driver Award.[4]

In 2005 Pedregon Set career best for time when he and his brother (Cruz) each ran 4.680s at Chicago 2 He finished the season with two wins and a runner-up finish at the final five events. He qualified for all 23 events, increasing his streak of qualifying at national events to 110. He also earned three No. 1 qualifiers and had the low E.T. at three events. In 2006 Pedregon won 3 events and finished top five in the final points standings. In 2007 Pedregon won his second NHRA Funny Car title winning 4 events along the way. In 2008 Tony Won 4 events qualified 1st in 2 events and finished 5th in the final points. In 2009 Pedregon won 3 events and finished 6th in the final points.[5]

On Oct 29, 1998, Tony Perdregon, sponsored by Castrol Syntec and Action Performance Racing, unvailled a racing car, featuring slain Tejano Superstar Selena [6]

Personal life[edit]

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.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tony Pedregon Biography". Tony Pedregon Racing. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tony Pedregon Biography". Tony Pedregon Racing. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Tony Pedregon Biography". Tony Pedregon Racing. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "selena-car-to-make-debut". Tony Pedregon Racing. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tony Pedregon Biography". Tony Pedregon Racing. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "selena-car-to-make-debut". Tony Pedregon Racing. Retrieved 10 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Tony Pedregon Biography". Tony Pedregon Racing. Retrieved 23 August 2010.