Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation
Andrea Pedregon: A Real Stupendous and Caring “Housewife” of NHRA PDF Print E-mail
Hi Guys and Gals,

I recently interviewed a truly inspiring woman in the motorsports world, Andrea Pedregon. Her husband, MAHLE Clevite-sponsored Tony Pedregon is a two-time world champion NHRA Funny Car owner and driver. Andrea is not just known for having a famous NHRA husband, she is the founder of the successful Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation helping to support those who are affected by unfortunate circumstances.

Andrea goes by the mantra “A Spark of Hope” and she certainly brings hope to the many charities and people she raises money for.  Take a look at my interview with Andrea below and you’ll see why she’s such an amazing woman. If you have any questions for Andrea, make sure to send them to me in the comments!


-Suzi Speed

Z-Max Track Walk PDF Print E-mail

Sunday kicked off with a Track Walk, organized by NHRA and Tony and Andrea Pedregon (left) that saluted the families of the NHRA, part of this year's Nitro Generation celebration.

A large turnout of fans — and drivers including Cruz, Morgan Lucas and fiancée Katie Pellone, Jeg and Samantha Coughlin, the families of Shane and Johnny Gray, Bob Tasca III, Erica Enders, Richie Stevens — walked the zMAX Dragway racetrack.

"Many thanks to the  NHRA Full Throttle drivers who participated in Sunday’s track walk in Charlotte and to the numerous fans who walked the ZMax ¼ mile with all of us."

The event  allowed the Andrea Pedregon Charity Foundation “A Spark Of Hope”  to raise additional funding for children with cancer by selling “The Real Families” Calendars to race fans before the walk began.

“ I am pleased to announce we have raised over $47,000 at this time”. Calendars will remain available at and trackside in the Nitro Fish Merchandise trailer  before the final donation will be made to IU Pediatric Oncology in May.

NHRA to kick off 2012 season by honoring Nitro Generation, NHRA’s most popular families PDF Print E-mail
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The PedregonsAs the 61st season of NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing readies to begin with the 52nd annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, Feb. 9-12, the focus shifts from honoring NHRA legends to the Nitro Generation. The Nitro Generation isn’t just one generation; it’s all the generations of fans, drivers, and teams that have shared their passion for NHRA with their families and friends of all ages.

If you have the Nitro Gene, then you will be more than happy to kick off the 2012 season by honoring the families that make NHRA Drag Racing what it is today in a very special track walk featuring some of the most familiar faces in the NHRA on Sunday morning before the pre-race ceremony. Many families of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series that were featured in 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Real Families Calendar will be participating in the Track Walk Sunday to kick off the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries. The defending winners of the event that will be broadcast on ESPN2 include Morgan Lucas (Top Fuel), Robert Hight (Funny Car), and Jason Line (Pro Stock).

This year’s calendar, which was put together by two-time Full Throttle Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon’s wife, Andrea, features many families that compete in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, including the Aranas, Coughlins, Enderses, Grays, Johnsons, Krawiecs, Lines, Nobiles, Smiths, Bernsteins, Cappses, Dixons, Forces, Hights, Lucases, Pedregons, Tascas, Vandergriffs, and Worshams. This limited-edition 19-month calendar will be available for purchase at the Winternationals as well as at

“I am very excited to participate in the Track Walk at the Winternationals and create further awareness and funding for children’s cancer through sales of the 2012 NHRA Full Throttle Real Families Calendar,” Andrea said. “This is an awesome opportunity from the NHRA that will definitely help my charity reach our fundraising goal. Many of my friends featured in the calendar are looking forward to joining me for the event and will be bringing their family as well.”

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