Race Reports

Alexis DeJoria

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

The Results:
Q1: 3.965 ET at 324.75 MPH
Q2: 3.963 ET at 305.84 MPH
Q3: 3.928 ET at 327.98 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest pass of the session)
Q4: 3.963 ET at 326.40 MPH

The Competition:
No. 11 Alexis DeJoria vs No. 6 Ron Capps (Lane Choice)

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
Well we might not have the quickest car this weekend, but we definitely have the most consistent one. We made four runs all the way down from A to B. Three of them were 3.96's and the other was a 92, so we know we have a consistent car going into race day and we're excited about that. We'll build on it and hopefully go some rounds tomorrow.

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

Qualified:
No. 10 (3.920 E.T. at 325.14 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 5.829 E.T. at 119.55 MPH defeated by JR Todd 3.887 E.T. at 330.07 MPH

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
It's been a strange day for a lot of teams out here and definitely upsetting for the Patrón team. We lost first round to our teammate, JR Todd. We're going to stay and test on Monday. We really need to get this hot rod back up on top. We need consistent fast runs and to get back in the 0.80s. We plan to accomplish that on Monday and we'll be ready for Gainesville.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
67 points, ranked 12th
Leads 13th ranked Phil Burkhart by five points
Trails 11th ranked Del Worsam by 19 points

Alexis DeJoria

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

The Results: 
Q1: 3.920 ET at 325.14 MPH
Q2: 4.460 ET at 190.03 MPH
Q3: 5.169 ET at 143.38 MPH
Q4: 3.922 ET at 328.14 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 10 Alexis DeJoria vs No. 7 JR Todd (Lane Choice)

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
We got two good runs out of qualifying. They weren't what we wanted, but we did get some good information and have something to build on for tomorrow. I'm not worried at all, these guys always give me a really good race car come Sunday. We're racing JR, so it should be exciting. One of these Kalitta Funny Cars is going to the second round.                        

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

Qualified:
No. 7 (3.879 E.T. at 330.39 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.148 E.T. at 229.24 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.938 E.T. at 323.89 MPH

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
It was a tough ending to a good start at our first race of the year. We're just getting everything back together again. It's like the first day of school after a long summer break. We have a few bugs to work out. Unfortunately, we had a complication first round. Our safety system malfunctioned and shut the car off so that was the end of our day. It was unfortunate because we were ahead at that point, but it is what it is. I'm really looking forward to our next race in Phoenix. We've won there, and we've got some really good vibes and good juju going into it. I'm excited to be back out here again, I've missed everybody and I just thank everybody for their support.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
35 points, ranked 10th
Leads 11th ranked Tim Wilkerson by one point
Trails ninth ranked Robert Hight by one point
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Jeff Arend: Fill-In Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:

No. 10 (3.930 E.T. at 317.19 MPH)

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The Results:

E1: 3.971 E.T. at 314.97 MPH defeated Matt Hagan 6.367 E.T. at 118.41 MPH

E2: 3.979 E.T. at 323.97 MPH defeated by Courtney Force 3.922 E.T. at 319.75 MPH

Quotable:

Jeff Arend, Driver

First and foremost, I’d like to thank Alexis and the Kalitta team for allowing me this opportunity. We came into the race today having made only one full run, and I think it was like my third full run of the season, so I really didn’t have a ton of experience this year. Winning the first round against Hagan was really big. After that, everything that happened I kind of considered to be icing on the cake. We gave Courtney a good run in round two. We just didn’t have enough runs for someone like me with a heavier body to really dial it in to the high 80s or low 90s, but overall I would call this an A+ weekend. I had a great time with everyone, I’ve known these guys for a long time. My wife and daughter came out today and it was nice to have their support.

Note: Jeff Arend was a substitute driver for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria while she recovers from a racing-related concussion. DeJoria is scheduled to return to NHRA competition at the 2017 Circle K NHRA Winternationals.

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

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