NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Carolina Nationals – Charlotte
Cruz Pedregon and team are headed to Charlotte with clean runs and a top five qualifying spot in mind. The Snap-on Dodge® El Incursor body will be decked out in The Pink Fund® paint scheme for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the reaction to the car has already been very positive. “We have doing well in Charlotte top-of-mind, but representing the work our Snap-on sponsor is doing in supporting The Pink Fund makes every race in October special for us,” says Cruz, who revealed at the Midwest Nationals that his sister Dora is now two years out from a breast cancer diagnosis. “We very much embrace the pink paint scheme to bring greater awareness to the work of The Pink Fund in paying the non-medical expenses of breast cancer patients during treatment.
“We really enjoy being in Charlotte and want to thrill the great NHRA audience with racing at its best…fast passes on the track and doing good things for those in need off-track.”
Before heading out from the shop in Brownsburg, the team took time to celebrate Hospitality Director Jeff “Gypsy” Mohr’s 60th birthday. Many among the NHRA know Gypsy as a seasoned veteran of the sport having worked with teams dating back to his start with Don “The Snake” Prudhomme in 2003.
On the side of Cruz’s car this week, you’ll see the name of area Nitro Franchisee Gabe Cestaro. Gabe has been on a Snap-on route for the past nine years and just took up his own franchise two weeks ago. He was a luxury car tech for 13 years before working with Snap-on and says he very much enjoys working for himself. When he’s not calling on Snap-on customers, you’ll find Gabe riding motorcycles all around the country. He and his wife Jenna will be here at the track with some of those customers this weekend.