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

Qualified:

No. 4: 3.975 E.T. at 318.69 MPH

The Results:

E1: 4.324 E.T. at 232.71 MPH defeated by John Hale 4.303 E.T. at 240.64 MPH

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

It’s been a frustrating weekend for Team Patrón. We ran two good numbers in qualifying, ended up fourth and got a bonus point out of it, but unfortunately, first round of eliminations was a disappointment. We went out there and our car shut off. We have a pan pressure switch that shuts off when it reaches a certain pan pressure, and that’s what happened. We coasted to the finish line, but it just wasn’t enough to get around John Hale’s team, and that’s the end of our day.

We have yet to do well here in Denver, but I love racing up here on the mountain, and I love the Bandimere family. Bandimere Speedway is always a nice venue; just unfortunate we had to go out in the first round. Luckily we have two Kalitta cars still in it, so we’ll be here supporting them. 

This wasn’t the way we wanted to start off the Western Swing, but Sonoma is next, and that’s a place that has been good to us in the past. It’s a Toyota race and we’re looking forward to that.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:

733 points, ranked 10th

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

The Results:

  • Q1: 4.684 E.T. at 177.46 MPH
  • Q2: 7.744 E.T. at 87.94 MPH
  • Q3: 4.066 E.T. at 316.30 MPH
  • Q4: 3.975 E.T. at 318.69 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)

The Competition:

No. 4 Alexis DeJoria (LC) vs. No. 13 John Hale

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

Well it’s been a very strange weekend, to say the least, but they say everything comes in threes. Going into the sand in Q4, that was our third weird thing. I’ve done it a few times before but it’s been a very long time. Not a great way to end qualifying but we did make a three-second run. Our chassis is going to be all right, but our body needs to be fixed, obviously. We’ll get it done by Sonoma. Luckily, we always have a backup so we’ll be good for tomorrow. It’s been a tough weekend so far up on the mountain, but we’re qualified fourth and in the top half of the field. That’s definitely a plus and Team Patrón has been known to turn things around on race day.

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria is a professional race car driver, competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Funny Car class. DeJoria drives the Tequila Patrón-sponsored 2016 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

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

Qualified:

No. 3: 3.887 E.T. at 327.11 MPH

The Results:

  • E1: 3.955 E.T. at 320.51 MPH defeated Brian Stewart 4.054 E.T. at 304.53 MPH
  • E2: 3.967 E.T. at 319.07 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.917 E.T. at 328.06 MPH

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

We did well in qualifying and got some good first round win points. Unfortunately, in the second round, I double-stepped it on the line and caused myself to have a not-so-great reaction time against Robert. At the top-end we ran a 3.96 to his 3.91. We’ve got a week off; we’ll collect our thoughts and move on to the Western Swing. I’m looking forward to it.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:

697 points, ranked 10th

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria is a professional race car driver, competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Funny Car class. DeJoria drives the Tequila Patrón-sponsored 2016 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 DeJoriaAlexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

The Results:

  • Q1: 4.207 E.T. at 242.32 MPH
  • Q2: 3.910 E.T. at 321.58 MPH
  • Q3: 3.936 E.T. at 321.12 MPH
  • Q4: 3.887 E.T. at 327.11 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)

The Competition:

No. 3 Alexis DeJoria (LC) vs. No. 14 Brian Stewart

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

Man, does it feel good to end qualifying with a 3.887. Going into race day, we’re third in qualifying. We’ve had really good runs this weekend so far. We haven’t qualified this well in a while, and it just feels nice to go into Sunday sitting a little bit higher up in the field. It gives us a lot more confidence, but again, each round is so difficult and it doesn’t matter who you run out there. We’re happy we squeezed another 80 in there and we’re pretty excited right now.

WHO: NHRA Drag Racer Alexis DeJoria is a top ten-ranked driver and four-time event winner competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. DeJoria drives her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car at speeds of over 330-mph, making her one of the fastest women in the world. She is one of just two women competing in the NHRA's ultra-competitive Funny Car class.

WHAT: DeJoria will join Jordan Himmel of the renowned Gino's East, in the kitchen of the Chicago pizza institution's flagship location and learn how to make a traditional Chicago-style deep dish pizza. In return, DeJoria will teach Himmel how to make her version of a perfect Patrón margarita. After, DeJoria will sign autographs and meet with fans in attendance at Gino's East.

WHEN: Thursday, July 7
5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.

WHERE: Gino's East
162 E. Superior St.
Chicago, Ill. 60611

WHY: The pizza-making event will serve as an unofficial kickoff to DeJoria's weekend at the K&N Filters Route 66 NHRA Nationals (July 8-10), at which DeJoria is scheduled to compete. The fan-favorite event at Route 66 Raceway, located at Chicagoland Speedway, just south of Chicago, marks the official start to the second half of the 24-race 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

VISUALS: DeJoria will be decked out in her Tequila Patrón racing crew shirt. With instruction from Himmel, DeJoria will put her culinary skills to the test while she learns how-to make the quintessential Chicago-style deep dish pizza that Gino's East is famous for. She will then get behind the bar at the iconic eatery and teach Himmel how she makes her ‘perfect’ Patrón margarita.

MEDIA CONTACT: Allison McCormick
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About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria is a professional race car driver, competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ Funny Car class. DeJoria drives the Tequila Patrón-sponsored 2016 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.