Former NHRA Funny Car champ Cruz Pedregon was a happy man coming into Friday’s qualifying for this weekend’s Dodge NHRA Mile-High Nationals in Morrison, Colorado (a suburb of Denver).
The reason Pedregon was feeling good was he had a brand new Toyota Camry body atop his Funny Car chassis. It was state of the art, it looked fast and it was prepared to run fast.
And everything really looked good as soon as Pedregon hit the gas in his qualifying run vs. Tim Wilkerson.
Well, for a few seconds, that is.
As the two drivers hurtled down the 1,000-foot drag strip, Pedregon’s brand new body was destroyed in a massive explosion.
Fortunately, Pedregon was uninjured.
Check out the big ka-boom: