Race Reports

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.

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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.

Alexis DeJoria

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

Qualified:

No. 12, 4.002 E.T. at 313.15 MPH

The Results:

  • E1: 3.980 E.T. at 319.82 MPH defeated Jack Beckman 5.710 E.T. at 124.61 MPH
  • E2: 4.002 E.T. at 317.19 MPH defeated by Courtney Force 3.988 E.T. at 317.05 MPH

Quotable: Alexis DeJoria, Driver

We definitely turned it around on race day, like we usually do. We made two really good runs in our Patrón Toyota Camry but unfortunately; we lost in the second round.

We were hoping to get a win at one of these back-to-back races, but unfortunately, we didn’t take home the prize this weekend. On the bright side, we do have a good hot weather tune-up so we feel pretty good. It wasn’t a great weekend, but we made progress.

We have about a week and a half off until Chicago, and we’ll just get back up on the horse and get ready for the next race.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:

640 points, ranked 10th

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria is a professional NHRA racecar driver, competing in the nitro Funny Car class on the Kalitta Motorsports team. Alexis drives the Tequila Patrón-sponsored 2016 Toyota Camry. Alexis, who had all 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.

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

The Results:

  • Q1: 4.002 E.T. at 313.15 MPH
  • Q2: 8.167 E.T. at 87.15 MPH
  • Q3: 9.472 E.T. at 83.21 MPH
  • Q4: 4.012 E.T. at 314.61 MPH

The Competition:

No. 12 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 5 Jack Beckman (LC)

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

We didn’t qualify that well on the board here in Norwalk, but you’ve just got to go out there and qualify and you never know what’s going to happen on Sunday. Look at Bristol- we qualified just about the same last weekend and we ended up going to the semis.  

Our Patrón Toyota Camry made it down the track twice in the heat this weekend and we got some good runs and good information going into race day. We have a solid hot weather tune-up, and I’m excited to race tomorrow.

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria is a professional NHRA racecar driver, competing in the nitro Funny Car class on the Kalitta Motorsports team. Alexis drives the Tequila Patrón-sponsored 2016 Toyota Camry. Alexis, who had all 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.

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

BRISTOL, Tennessee (June 19, 2016)— Alexis DeJoria raced her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry to a semifinal finish at the 16th annual NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tennessee this weekend.

After qualifying tenth, DeJoria drew fellow Toyota Racing driver Chad Head in the opening round of eliminations on Sunday afternoon. Head was no match for Team Patrón as DeJoria’s quick reaction time coupled with a 4.026-second run ensured Team Patrón’s advance into round two.

The quarterfinals found DeJoria battling it out with her Kalitta Motorsports teammate, Del Worsham. DeJoria had the starting line advantage for the second time in the day and easily defeated a tire-smoking Worsham, ending the reigning Funny Car champion’s day.

After setting off the round two win light, the thrash was on back in the Patrón pits as DeJoria and her team worked to prepare for their semifinal matchup with Tommy Johnson Jr.

“We had a broken strut and some other things that definitely demanded more work out of our team. Luckily we had the DHL team come over and help us,” said DeJoria, who raced to her first Funny Car final at the picturesque Bristol track during her rookie season in 2012.

“We were down two crewmembers so I was pulling four jobs this weekend. Not only driving, packing my parachutes and filling my fresh air bottle like I normally do, but I was also doing Eddie and Jesse’s jobs on the body, checking all of the nuts and bolts and making sure the body stayed together well,” said the four-time Funny Car winner.

Once the Patrón Toyota Camry was re-assembled and race-ready, it was time to race Johnson Jr. for a spot in the final round. Once again, DeJoria was quick off of the starting line, but mechanical malfunctions hindered Team Patrón’s performance, and would allow Johnson Jr. the round win.

“We dropped a cylinder at the hit, which shoved me over a little bit, but I was able to hold onto it and keep it down there until finally the blower belt shredded and flew off of the car. Obviously that was the end of our day,” DeJoria explained.

“Overall we had a good weekend,” she added. “We hadn’t gotten past the first round in a couple of races, so to make it past first round, and past second round and into the semifinals was really great for our team. Our next race is in a couple of days, and I’m pretty excited to get back into my Patrón Toyota Camry.”

Although the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team was unable to move up from tenth in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship standings, they managed to widen the gap between them and the No. 11 ranked driver and close in on the ninth.

Team Patrón leaves Bristol Dragway with 588 points and will compete next at the 10th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio on June 24-26. Prior to the race, DeJoria will join her Kalitta Motorsports teammates at a fan appearance at Cedar Point, June 23. For more information, please visit www.alexisdejoria.com, Follow Us on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope @ADRnhra, or Like Us on Facebook: Alexis DeJoria.

The Results:

  • E1: 4.026 E.T. at 315.93 MPH defeated Chad Head 4.489 E.T. at 226.32 MPH
  • E2: 4.012 E.T. at 314.53 MPH defeated Del Worsham 8.397 E.T. at 80.47 MPH
  • E3: 4.138 E.T. at 288.33 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 4.039 E.T. at 321.42 MPH

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:

588 points, ranked 10th