Race Reports

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POMONA, Calif. (November 10, 2013)— After qualifying in the No. 15 spot on the Funny Car ‘Quick 16’ ladder, Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, faced No. 2 qualifier Matt Hagan in round one of eliminations on Sunday morning at the 49th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.

The two, which had squared off at the previous race in Las Vegas with DeJoria coming out the victor, were fifth pair up in Funny Car. Without the advantage of lane choice, Team Patrón was designated the left lane, which had been troublesome for nearly all of the teams that ran prior to them. The left lane proved to be no issue for DeJoria as she powered her 10,000-horsepower black and green Toyota Camry to an impressive run of 4.056-seconds at 314.24-mph- the second quickest of the session. Although she had the quicker car, Hagan advanced to round two with his 4.059-sec holeshot win, ending Team Green’s day.

POMONA, Calif. (November 5, 2013)— The 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series comes to a close this weekend at the 49th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., and Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team are looking to end the season on a strong note and possibly pick up their first win.

The team has seen steady progression in the car’s performance over the last several races. At the previous race in Las Vegas, Team Patrón raced their way to the semi-final round taking out two veteran teams, including one that was vying for the Championship, proving that Team Green is not to be taken lightly. This weekend, they’re hoping to go rounds again, and hopefully pick up that elusive first win.

“We’re wrapping up a good season,” said DeJoria, who has powered her Patrón Toyota Camry to four semi-final finishes so far this year.  “I wouldn’t call it a great season, but I would call it a good one. We’ve made a lot of headway- especially these past few months. Tommy [DeLago, crew chief], Glen [Huszar, co-crew chief], and the whole team have been working so hard all year to make this car consistent. I’m really looking forward to next year and applying everything we learned this season. Hopefully this weekend we’ll qualify well, go some rounds and finish off on a good note.”

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (October 23, 2013)— Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team made their fourth semi-final appearance of the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season at the 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

After qualifying in the No. 12 spot out of twenty-four competing Funny Cars, DeJoria faced NHRA Championship contender Matt Hagan in round one of eliminations. She powered her 10,000 horsepower Tequila Patrón hot rod to a 4.084-seconds at 312.71-mph run, advancing her to round two with lane choice over Ron Capps.

“I knew that first round matchup was going to be a tough one. Hagan was fighting for Championship points and we knew how important it was for him to go rounds today,” said DeJoria, who once again raced her pink-accented Patrón Toyota Camry in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. “I’ve been fighting a cold all weekend. It started with a really bad migraine and lingered the whole time I’ve been here, so I haven’t been feeling that great but I tried to stay focused and keep a clear head. Thankfully, I was able to cut a good light with my .036-second reaction time and our car outran his, allowing us to move on to round two.”

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (October 23, 2013)— A little ‘Vegas luck’ may be all that’s needed for Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team as they head to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals.

The team, which has seen a steady rise in quick, consistent, full passes over the past several races, has just two chances to pull out a win before the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series season concludes, and they’re hoping that this could be the weekend where they do just that.

“I’m excited to go back to Vegas,” said DeJoria, an Austin resident whose family keeps a home in Las Vegas. “It’s the second to last race of the year; we only have two more chances to win a Wally before the year’s up, so like always, we’ll give it our all. Our car has been running well at the past few events, so as long as we can keep that up, I think this could be our weekend.”

READING, Penn. (October 6, 2013)— The old saying ‘third times the charm’ proved to be true as No. 14 qualifier Alexis DeJoria defeated No. 3 qualifier Jack Beckman  in first round of eliminations on Sunday morning, after being matched up against the 2012 NHRA Funny Car World Champion for the third weekend in a row.

At the two previous events in Dallas and St. Louis, Beckman came out victorious over DeJoria, but at the 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, it was DeJoria who crossed the stripe first to take the win. As the second pair of Funny Cars to run, DeJoria had the advantage off the line and she powered her Patrón Toyota Camry to an impressive 4.077-seconds at 310.70-mph pass- the second quickest run of the first session.