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LAS VEGAS (October 30, 2016)— Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team will not compete at the 16th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals.

The team has elected not to participate in Sunday's elimination rounds and will focus their efforts on regrouping for the 52nd Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, California, November 11-13.

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
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Alexis DeJoria

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

The Results:
Q1: 4.614 E.T. at 177.79 MPH
Q2: 3.909 E.T. at 326.32 MPH
Q3: 3.915 E.T. at 325.92 MPH (one bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q4: 5.678 E.T. at 123.55 MPH

The Competition:
No. 9 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 8 Courtney Force (LC)

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
Las Vegas is one of my favorite tracks. I've had half of my Funny Car wins here. It's also somewhat of a home track for me because my family has had a house out here for quite a long time.

Qualifying was a 50/50 this weekend. We made some good runs. Unfortunately, during Q3 we made a really good run- I got a bonus point and top speed- but then my parachute got sucked up underneath my Patrón Toyota Camry and wrapped around the rear end. I lost brakes, couldn't stop the car and somehow my left tire was wedged into the body so I couldn't steer it either. The malfunctions were like a domino effect. In that moment, everything that could go wrong did go wrong, and there I was just headed for that wall again. I hit the wall pretty hard, but overall I was fine. It rung my bell a little bit, but my body felt fine. That says a lot about all of the changes they made to my seat after Sonoma. After Q3, we brought my car back to the pit, pulled the back-up body out and were able to run the same chassis for Q4.

I'll be ready for tomorrow. I'm racing my girl Courtney and it'll be an exciting race.

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

Alexis DeJoria NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Funny Car Race Car Driver is interviewed by David Cogan of Eliances Heroes radio show. The discuss the incredible support she receives from family despite the dangerous nature of her career. Breaking down barriers in a male dominated sport Dejoria brings passion and a fighter's attitude to the track. She also shares lessons learned from her famous father, the co-founder of Paul Mitchell Systems and Patron Spirits.



Alexis DeJoria

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

Qualified:

  • No. 9 (3.911 E.T. at 319.37 MPH)

The Results:

  • E1: 3.922 E.T. at 324.36 MPH defeated John Force 11.543 E.T. at 85.04 MPH (Foul, Red Light)
  • E2: 3.918 E.T. at 326.00 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.885 E.T. at 329.83 MPH

Quotable: Alexis DeJoria, Driver

We got a round win today against John Force. I got my Funny Car license here at Texas Motorplex years ago and it was actually Force who signed off on my license. It’s been a minute since we had a round win, so that was really awesome. We went up against Robert [Hight] for the second round and we got outrun, so that was the end of our day. We’re going to Vegas next and I’m excited about that.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing: 2151 points, ranked 10th Trails ninth ranked Tim Wilkerson by 77 points

Previously: 2099 points, ranked 10th

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

The Results:

  • Q1: 3.961 E.T. at 321.96 MPH
  • Q2: 9.227 ET at 73.72 MPH
  • Q3: 3.960 ET at 322.65 MPH
  • Q4: 3.911 ET at 319.37 MPH

The Competition: No. 9 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 8 John Force (LC)

Quotable: Alexis DeJoria, Driver

We made three really good runs in qualifying. They weren’t spectacular in the 3.80’s, but still good runs getting down the race track in the heat. I’m excited about tomorrow. We’re here at Texas Motorplex, now one of my hometown tracks. We’ll go out there tomorrow, give it our best and hopefully this Patrón Toyota Camry will go some rounds.

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