NHRA Driver
Tony Pedregon
Pedregon
  • Date of birth:
    March 08, 1965
  • Hometown:
    Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Pedregon Racing Toyota
  • Crew Chief:
    Tony Shortall
  • Career Wins: 43
    FC: 43
  • Career Final Rounds: 76
    FC: 76
  • Career Best E.T.:
    4.041
  • Career Best Speed:
    311.49
Career Highlights
  • 2013: Raced to quarterfinal finishes at Charlotte 2 and Dallas; Qualified a season-best fifth at Denver
  • 2012: Raced to a semifinal finish in St. Louis
  • 2011: Posted semifinal finishes at Las Vegas 1 and Chicago
  • 2010: Posted a runner-up finish at Las Vegas 1; Finished in the top 10 points standings for the 15th consecutive season
  • 2009: Won three of eight final rounds (Chicago, Englishtown, Brainerd); Posted No. 1 qualifers in Las Vegas 1, Chicago and Seattle
  • 2008: Won four of five final rounds (Gainesville, Chicago, Norwalk, Brainerd); After he was eliminated from title contention, Tony ended Robert Hight’s bid for his first world championship by beating him in the first round at the final race of the year, to give the 2008 crown to his brother Cruz Pedregon
  • 2007: Earned second career POWERade Series world championship, his first as driver/owner; Earned 36th career win to pass Don “the Snake” Prudhomme (35) and move into second place on all-time Funny Car wins list (John Force, 125); Moved into first place with win at Dallas and remained on top through Countdown to 1; Entered Countdown to 4 in fourth place; Countdown to 1 in first place; Qualified in top-10 at 17 of 23 events; qualified for 22 of 23 events
  • 2006: Picked up three wins in a stretch of six events to move from 12th to fourth in the POWERade standings; Moved all the way up to third in standings as late as the 17th event of the season; Qualified in the top-10 at 19 of 23 events; qualified for 22 of 23 events; Extended streak of successfully qualifying for an event to 114 before it was snapped at Las Vegas 1
  • 2005: Set career best for time when he and his brother (Cruz) each ran 4.680s at Chicago 2; Finished the season on a roll with two wins and a runner-up finish at the final five events; Earned his first victory since Las Vegas 2 in his championship season of 2003; Qualified for all 23 events, increasing his streak of successfully qualifying at national events to 110; Earned three No. 1 qualifiers and had the low E.T. at three events
  • 2004: In his first season as a team owner, finished No. 8 in the final POWERade championship standings, his ninth consecutive season finishing in the top 10; Established career-bests for both E.T. and speed; Career-best E.T. is the seventh quickest Funny Car pass in NHRA history; 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
  • 2003: Became the first driver other than John Force to win the Funny Car championship since 1992; established career-bests for wins, No. 1 qualifying awards, elapsed time and speed; a career-best eight wins on the season places him fourth on the all-time Funny Car win list with 24 career victories; one of four Funny Car drivers to qualify for all 23 events; earned $100,00 for winning the Funny Car bonus event in his eighth career appearance
  • 2002: Earned six victories in eight final round appearances; Was contending for the POWERade championship until the semifinal of the last event of the season; Finished No. 2 in the standings for the fourth time in his career; Finished in the top five of the standings for the sixth time in eight professional seasons; Won three consecutive races for the first time in his career
  • 2001: Won a race as the No. 1 qualifier (Englishtown) for the first time in his career, beating team owner John Force; Won back-to-back races (Englishtown and Topeka) for the first time in his career
  • 2000: Went to the finals six times, collecting two victories
  • 1999: Was the No. 1 qualifier at four events; Posted the quickest time in history when he clocked a 4.779 second run at Gainesville; Runner-up in the Funny Car bonus race at Indianapolis
  • 1998: Earned two wins in two final-round appearances
  • 1997: No. 1 qualifier at three events and raced in five finals; Beat brother Cruz Pedregon at Houston in the first final-round meeting involving brothers; Runner-up in Funny Car bonus race
  • 1996: Made seven final-round appearances in first season with John Force Racing; Named the inaugural winner of the Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award, which identified the sport’s budding stars; Finished second in driver points in first full season on the tour; Earned first career victory (Atlanta)
  • 1995: Ran limited Funny Car schedule for car owner Larry Minor
  • 1993: Qualified for first NHRA event at the wheel of a Top Fuel dragster

Personal
  • Wife: Andrea
  • Daughters: Arielle (8/30/92) and Cecily Ann Dahliah (9/3/99)
  • Sons: Desidario (3/2/06) and Benecio (8/15/08)
  • Height/weight: 5´8´´, 165 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Enjoys activities with kids, sports, blackjack, poker, outdoors
  • Notable: Left John Force Racing following his 2003 championship season to join older brother Cruz to form a two-car team; First win as team owner was Reading, 2005

 
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