Race Reports

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Chad Head, Interim Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:
No. 13 (3.963 E.T at 328.14 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 4.172 E.T. at 247.97 MPH defeated by Jack Beckman 4.218 E.T. at 217.70 MPH

Quotable:
Chad Head, Driver
I tried to red light, my foot came back up and then I was just completely late. Then the car dropped a cylinder and it was pretty much over from there. He ran a 4.21 and we ran a 4.17 and got beat, so it's a bummer, but the car will get better. It's going in the right direction.

Note: Chad Head is filling in for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria. 

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
208 points, ranked 14th 
Leads 15th ranked Jeff Diehl by 95 points
Trails 13th ranked Cruz Pedregon by 49 points                      

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Chad Head, Interim Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

The Results: 
Q1: 7.805 E.T. at 84.44 MPH
Q2: Cancelled due to severe weather
Q3: 8.405 E.T. at 86.93 MPH
Q4: 3.963 E.T at 328.14 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 13 Chad Head vs No. 4 Jack Beckman (Lane Choice)

Quotables:
Chad Head, Driver

Driving this car, I add an additional sixty-some pounds, so trying to get it down the track is pretty challenging for these guys. This team is capable of a lot more than what we showed this weekend. For Alexis, Patrón and Toyota, we're working as hard as we can. This is a great team over here, and I'm real proud to be associated with them. 

Note: Chad Head is filling in for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria.

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 18, 2017)-- The Tequila Patrón Funny Car team will compete at this weekend’s NHRA Heartland Nationals with fill-in driver Chad Head behind the wheel of Alexis DeJoria’s Toyota Camry.

Head, who was appointed the role of interim driver by DeJoria just prior to the Four-Wide Nationals, will continue to work with co-crew chiefs Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago on building upon the team’s on-track performance in her absence. While a date is still to be determined, DeJoria looks forward to returning to the seat of her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry soon.

Head and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team begin qualifying for the 29th annual Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties at 4:00 p.m. (CT) on Friday, May 19.

Chad Head

Chad Head, Interim Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:
No. 8 (4.024 E.T. at 312.57 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 4.004 E.T. at 319.29 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.882 E.T. at 328.06 MPH 

Quotable:
Chad Head, Driver
Losing two qualifying runs due to rain put us behind the eight ball going into race day, but we did make our best run of the weekend today, running a four-flat. The Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry is progressing and moving in the right direction. 

Note: Chad Head is acting as the interim driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry until Alexis DeJoria's return. 

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
208 points, ranked 14th 
Leads 15th ranked Jeff Diehl by 95 points
Trails 13th ranked Cruz Pedregon by 17 points

Chad Head

Chad Head, Fill-In Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

The Results: 

Q1: 4.027 E.T. at 311.63 MPH
Q2: 4.024 E.T. at 312.57 MPH
Note: Friday's two qualifying sessions were cancelled due to persistent rain. 

The Competition: 
No. 8 Chad Head (Lane Choice) vs No. 9 Robert Hight 

Quotables:
Chad Head, Driver

We were one of only two cars to make it down the track in tricky conditions during both sessions today after getting rained out yesterday. We qualified in the top half of the field and have lane choice, which is important here. We hope to make Alexis proud and put this Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry in the Winner's Circle tomorrow.

Note: Chad Head is filling in for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria.