NHRA U.S. Nationals Pre-Race Report

Del and Alexis Startup

Driver of the Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

NHRA U.S. Nationals Event Highlights:

  • 2014 event champion

2022 NHRA U.S. Nationals Event Recap: 
Qualified 10th; First round exit (defeated by Matt Hagan in E1)
Last Event (Brainerd):
Qualified eighth; First round exit (defeated by Tim Wilkerson in E1)
2023 Statistics:
14 races; three runner-up finishes
Career Statistics:
208 races; six wins, six No. 1 qualifiers

  • Won the 2014 U.S. Nationals
  • Currently ranked sixth in the Funny Car driver standings and will be looking to finish the weekend inside the top five
  • One of eight drivers to have qualified for the 2023 Pep Boys All-Star Funny Car Callout specialty event, scheduled for Sunday

Fan Events:

  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 7:00 – 7:30 p.m., Cruz Pedregon Open House driver autograph session (462 Southpoint Circle, Brownsburg)
  • Friday, Sept. 1, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m., DSR Performance Block Party benefiting Riley Children’s Foundation driver autograph session (1681 E. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg)
  • Saturday, Sept. 2, 1:00 – 1:30 p.m., Team Toyota autograph session at Toyota midway display
  • Sunday, Sept. 3, 10:45 – 11:15 a.m., All-Star Callout driver autograph session at Nitro Alley Stage

“Well, it’s that time of year again. We’re gearing up for the ‘Big Go,’ the Super Bowl of drag racing. I love racing at the U.S. Nationals. The fans are always incredible and this is by far, the biggest event of the year. Everyone wants to win this race, and I’m so thankful I was able to add an Indy win to my collection back in 2014. I’m so pumped that we’re a part of the Pep Boys Callout race this year, and it’s exciting that we’ll have an opportunity to compete for two wins this weekend. That’s just a testament to how great this team is and has been all year long.
“There’s a lot of pressure to perform this weekend. The points are pretty bunched up right now and if we have a good showing, there is potential that we could move up a few spots in the standings. Your starting position is really what sets you up for success in the Countdown so it’s important that we capitalize on the points-and-a-half format at Indy. We have a fantastic car underneath us right now. I’m going to put my blinders on, and we’re going to focus, take it one round at a time, and do our very best.”