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Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Denver, CO
(July 14-16)

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Cruz Pedregon
Snap-on Toyota

Cruz ready for more Denver success

Denver, prerace: Cruz Pedregon, the 1992 NHRA Funny Car champion, and his Advance Auto Parts team are headed to 27th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, the 13th of 23 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series events in 2006.

The second half of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series season kicks off with the first of three consecutive weekends of racing and one of its greatest challenges. NHRA pros must travel high and deep into the Rocky Mountains, to more than 5,800 feet and picturesque Bandimere Speedway, where the mile-high altitude plays havoc with everything from engine tune-ups to aerodynamics. Teams must make wholesale changes to established power-making combinations and battle the lack of downforce in the thin air to tackle the unfamiliar environs. The event is testament to the skill and adaptability of the crew chiefs and teams.

"Denver is a great equalizer. There are a lot of teams who have great setups for sea-level conditions, but it is different there," Pedregon said of the unique atmospheric conditions. "The air isn't pushing on the spoiler as much, so it's a challenge for our crew chiefs. As drivers, we've got to be on our game -- we'll all get winded easier because of the thin air. We're looking forward to the challenge of that additional element of running in different conditions. We won in '93, and we've been runner-up in 2003 and 2004, so we know we can do well in Denver. The Advance Auto Parts Team is looking forward to the start of the second half of the season."

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