Race Reports

Alexis DeJoria

READING, Penn. (October 1, 2016)— During the month of October, Alexis DeJoria’s fight for the NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car Championship will be outshined by an even greater battle, the fight against breast cancer.

Alexis DeJoria Racing will once again partner with Baylor Health and Nevada Health Centers, Inc. (NVHC) to bring back the popular Free Mammograms for the Fans program. Baylor and NVHC’s mammovans (mobile mammography units) will be on-site at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex (October 14-15) and the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (October 28-29).

The Free Mammograms for the Fans program, now in its fourth year, allows women over the age of 40 to come out to the Dallas and Las Vegas tracks on an event ticket and receive a free mammogram, regardless of their health insurance status.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime- and the high out-of-pocket cost is cited as the main reason why women forgo mammography screenings.

As one of the few females in the male-dominated motorsports industry, DeJoria felt compelled to lead the charge in the race to end breast cancer.

“The last three years with this program have been incredible,” said DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry and the most recent Las Vegas Funny Car winner. “Alexis DeJoria Racing is committed to providing free mammograms as long as we are out on the race track. The outpouring of support for this program is astounding.”

“Breast cancer awareness is a subject very dear to our hearts. Early detection is key, and being proactive is the best way to fight this.”

Since the program’s inception in 2013, nearly 350 free mammograms have been provided to female NHRA race fans. After two successful years of bringing NVHC’s mammovan to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the decision was made in 2015 to expand the program to include the Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex.

DeJoria can often be found at the mammovans offering support and sharing hugs with women whose nerves may be getting the best of them. She strongly encourages women to take advantage of the opportunity to get screened for free in a fun, stress-free environment.

“Don’t be shy, ladies,” encourages DeJoria. “We’ll all be out there supporting each other. We have a great group of women that come out and operate the mammovans.”

Alexis DeJoria Racing’s Free Mammograms for the Fans program is made possible thanks to generous donations from the Patrón Spirits Company, Toyota, Kalitta Motorsports and DeJoria’s compassionate fanbase, which has supported the program through online charity auctions and personal donations.  

“Each year, we work hard to put the word out about this program and the impact has grown every year,” added DeJoria. “The more people that find out about it, the better. Thank you to Patrón, Toyota, Kalitta and all of our amazing fans who continue to purchase items through our online auctions. All of this makes it possible for us to be able to provide, and continue to expand, this potentially life-saving program each year.”

No appointment, insurance or referrals are necessary. Mammograms are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please visit www.alexisdejoria.com, Follow Us on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope at @ADRnhra, or Like Us on Facebook: Alexis DeJoria.

Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography. Hi res images available upon request

Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Alexis DeJoria

Qualified:

No. 9 (3.945 E.T. at 323.19 MPH)

The Results:

E1: 3.985 E.T. at 323.35 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.940 E.T. at 321.65 MPH

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

There’s really not much to say about today. Both our team and the DHL team are going to stay in St Louis and test on Monday. We’ll get a little head start prior to Reading. We definitely need to adjust a few things and work on getting better. We need at least a first round win at this next race. We’ve got the runs to do it. I know we can do it; we’re a good team. Obviously the door is pretty much closed for the Championship but we definitely can move up spots and races. There are still four races left to win. 

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:

2068 points, ranked 10th (-205)

Trails ninth ranked Tim Wilkerson by 76 points

Previously:

2036 points, ranked 10th

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria is a professional race car driver competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. DeJoria drives the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry as a member of the legendary Kalitta Motorsports team. DeJoria, who had all of the opportunity in the world to pursue any type of career, felt strongly about following her passion, and her need for adrenaline drove her to pursue the unlikely profession of auto-racing. The determination to ‘blaze her own trail’ continues to drive her and push her to higher levels in the sport of NHRA drag racing. She is a four-time Funny Car winner and made history when she became the first woman to compete in 100 Funny Car events.

About Tequila Patrón

From hand-harvesting the highest-quality 100 percent Weber Blue Agave, to the traditional, time-honored distillation process and individual labeling, numbering, and inspection of each bottle, Patrón tequila is crafted with meticulous precision and care. Though Patrón has grown to become one of the most-recognized and respected luxury spirits brands in the world, it is still exclusively produced in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, in the same small batches and with the same commitment to quality and craftsmanship. For more information about Patrón tequilas and liqueurs, please visit www.patrontequila.com.

Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Alexis DeJoria

The Results:

  • Q1: 5.604 E.T. at 125.37 MPH
  • Q2: 3.974 E.T. at 323.27 MPH
  • Q3: 4.417 E.T. at 201.10 MPH
  • Q4: 3.945 E.T. at 323.19 MPH

The Competition:

No. 9 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 8 Tommy Johnson Jr. (Lane Choice)

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

It’s been hot during qualifying these past two days but we made some good runs, and we’ve found consistency in certain areas. We’re looking forward to tomorrow. We’re going to be fighting hard to go rounds and earn much needed points. Tonight, I’m going to celebrate my birthday with my team and a Patrón margarita.

Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography. Hi res images available upon request

Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:

No. 4 (3.887 E.T. at 324.67 MPH)

The Results:

  • E1: DQ (center line) defeated by John Bojec 4.059 E.T. at 308.78 MPH

Quotable: Alexis DeJoria, Driver

We did really well in qualifying, having made four consistent runs. We went out there today and the first part of our run was good. It seemed like we had it in the bag. Then, my Patrón Camry smoked the tires in the middle of the track. I pedaled it well, picked up the front end and ended up clipping a cone. My opponent made a solid pass- a 4.05- so as good of a pedal job as I did, it’s hard to beat someone who’s making a full pass.

We tried really hard and it just fuels our fire. The loss makes us hungrier for wins, and we need to turn it around for our next race in St. Louis. I know we can. We’re a damn good team and we’ve got a very good car right now.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:

  • 2036 points, ranked 10th (-158)
  • Trails ninth ranked Tim Wilkerson by 31 points
  • Previously: 2000 points, ranked 10th

Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography. Hi res images available upon request

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria is a professional race car driver competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. DeJoria drives the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry as a member of the legendary Kalitta Motorsports team. DeJoria, who had all of the opportunity in the world to pursue any type of career, felt strongly about following her passion, and her need for adrenaline drove her to pursue the unlikely profession of auto-racing. The determination to ‘blaze her own trail’ continues to drive her and push her to higher levels in the sport of NHRA drag racing. She is a four-time Funny Car winner and made history when she became the first woman to compete in 100 Funny Car events.

About Tequila Patrón

From hand-harvesting the highest-quality 100 percent Weber Blue Agave, to the traditional, time-honored distillation process and individual labeling, numbering, and inspection of each bottle, Patrón tequila is crafted with meticulous precision and care. Though Patrón has grown to become one of the most-recognized and respected luxury spirits brands in the world, it is still exclusively produced in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, in the same small batches and with the same commitment to quality and craftsmanship. For more information about Patrón tequilas and liqueurs, please visit www.patrontequila.com

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Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

The Results:

  • Q1: 3.965 E.T. at 322.27 MPH
  • Q2: 3.887 E.T. at 324.67 MPH
  • Q3: 3.926 E.T. at 324.12 MPH (One bonus point earned for third quickest run of the session)
  • Q4: 3.942 E.T. at 324.59 MPH

The Competition:

No. 4 Alexis DeJoria (Lane Choice) vs. No. 13 John Bojec

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

It’s the first race of the Countdown and we’re off to a good start. We made four really solid passes in qualifying, straight down the boulevard. We switched bodies and ran our newest Toyota Camry body today. It’s a lot lighter and considering it is the Countdown, we wanted to run what would give us the best performance advantage.

Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography. Hi res images available upon request

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria is a professional race car driver competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. DeJoria drives the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry as a member of the legendary Kalitta Motorsports team. DeJoria, who had all of the opportunity in the world to pursue any type of career, felt strongly about following her passion, and her need for adrenaline drove her to pursue the unlikely profession of auto-racing. The determination to ‘blaze her own trail’ continues to drive her and push her to higher levels in the sport of NHRA drag racing. She is a four-time Funny Car winner and made history when she became the first woman to compete in 100 Funny Car events.

About Tequila Patrón

From hand-harvesting the highest-quality 100 percent Weber Blue Agave, to the traditional, time-honored distillation process and individual labeling, numbering, and inspection of each bottle, Patrón tequila is crafted with meticulous precision and care. Though Patrón has grown to become one of the most-recognized and respected luxury spirits brands in the world, it is still exclusively produced in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, in the same small batches and with the same commitment to quality and craftsmanship. For more information about Patrón tequilas and liqueurs, please visit www.patrontequila.com