NHRA Driver
Cruz Pedregon
Pedregon
  • Date of birth:
    September 19, 1963
  • Hometown:
    Brownsburg, Ind.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Snap-on Tools Toyota Camry
  • Crew Chief:
    Cruz Pedregon
  • Career Wins: 39
    FC: 35 TAD: 3 TAFC: 1
  • Career Final Rounds: 78
    FC: 73 TAD: 3 TAFC: 2
  • Career Best E.T.:
    3.980
  • Career Best Speed:
    319.60
Career Highlights
  • 2013: Raced to four victories in five final-round appearances, including one Countdown playoff win at Dallas; Posted four No. 1 qualifying positions; Raced to a runner-up finish in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout all-star event at Indianapolis; Set career-best performance for time at Charlotte 2; Finished fourth in the points standings
  • 2012: Raced to a season ending win at the second Pomona event; posted a runner-up finish at Charlotte 1; posted No. 1 qualifiers at Gainesville, Houston, Topeka, Sonoma and Las Vegas 2
  • 2011: Raced to a win at Dallas; Posted No. 1 qualifiers at Pomona 1, Englishtown, Denver, Indianapolis, Dallas and Phoenix; Set a career best for time and speed
  • 2010: Raced to wins at Charlotte 2 and Reading; Posted a No. 1 qualifier In Charlotte 2
  • 2009: Post semifinal appearances at Las Vegas 1, St. Louis, Chicago and Charlotte; Earned two No. 1 qualifiers (Houston, Charlotte)
  • 2008: Earned his second career NHRA Full Throttle Series world championship title (1992) when his brother Tony Pedregon defeated the only other driver left in contention at the year’s final race; Mounted an incredible chargein the playoffs, winning three of four final-round appearances, including the final three events of the season; Won $100,000 NHRA Showdown in Indianapolis
  • 2007: Had a better than .500 record on Sunday with 18 wins, 16 losses; Earned No. 1 qualifier at Houston; his first No. 1 since 2005; Advanced to three final rounds for second straight season; Advanced to quarters, semis and final round at three of last four races
  • 2006: Earned his first win in six years, dating back to Englishtown 2000; Qualified for 21 of 23 events; Advanced to three final rounds, most since the 2004 season
  • 2005: Earned a pair of No. 1 qualifiers (Englishtown and Chicago 2); Set the low E.T. at two events (Englishtown and Chicago 2); Set career bests for both time and speed; Won at least two rounds at five consecutive events and six of the first eight events to open the 2005 season; Won $25,000 bonus for having closest margin of victory in Motel 6 Who Got the Light award
  • 2004: Earned first No. 1 qualifying position (Columbus) since 1998; Was the runner-up at consecutive events twice (Denver & Seattle; Indianapolis & Dallas); Established career-best performance numbers; Qualified No. 11 in the quickest Funny Car field in NHRA history (Pomona 2)
  • 2003: Highest finish in the Funny Car standings since 1998; was the runner-up at Denver and Reading; established career-best time and speed
  • 2002: After taking a year off from racing, Pedregon assembled a team that qualified for 18 national events; Advanced to the semifinals at Indianapolis
  • 2001: Served as color analyst for ESPN’s drag racing coverage
  • 2000: Raced part-time as an owner/driver, collecting one win (Englishtown)
  • 1999: Raced part-time as an owner/driver in the Funny Car category
  • 1998: Earned the No. 1 qualifying spot a career-best 12 times; Won NHRA all-star race; Set national elapsed-time record three times; Runner-up in Funny Car bonus race
  • 1997: The first motorsports athlete to received the “Premio De Oro,” the only national award for Hispanic athletes
  • 1996: Competing in a limited amount of races, Pedregon won one race en route to a third-place finish in the NHRA championship point standings; Finished in the top three for the fifth consecutive season
  • 1995: Won at Indianapolis for the third time in four years (1992, ’94-95); Recorded first career four-second run, a 4.991 at Dallas; Broke the 300-mph mark for the first time with a 300.90-mph pass at Indianapolis
  • 1994: Was the only Funny Car driver to defeat John Force in a final round the entire season; Qualified in the top half at 15 of the 18 national events
  • 1992: Won the NHRA Funny Car championship — the only Funny Car driver other than John Force to win a title in the 1990s
  • 1990: Won a career-best six races
  • 1991: Raced part-time in Top Fuel competition
  • 1990: Moved to Alcohol Funny Car competition
  • 1987: Started his NHRA career in Alcohol Dragster

Personal
  • Marital status: Single
  • Daughter: Ryaah
  • Height/weight: 6' 0", 200 lbs.
  • Notable: Won first drag race in 1980 behind wheel of a 1953 Kenworth truck; Raced go-karts in 1986 and
    was track champion at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway; Brother Tony also competes in NHRA Mello Yello Series Funny
    Car category; Started his NHRA career in Top Alcohol Dragster; Later moved to Top Alcohol Funny Car

 
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