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Alexis DeJoria

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

The Results:

Q1: 3.928 E.T. at 324.05 MPH

Q2: 3.875 E.T. at 332.18 MPH (Career best E.T. and Speed)

Q3: 5.023 E.T. at 148.61 MPH

Q4: 3.878 E.T. at 328.70 MPH (Earned 3 bonus points for quickest run of the session)

The Competition:

No. 5 Alexis DeJoria (LC) vs. No. 12 Chad Head

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

What a great weekend so far. Last night we were able to run a 3.87. It was our very first time running in the 80s, and it was a 3.87, so that was huge. Today we backed it up with another 3.87 and man, am I stoked about that. Conditions are excellent and my guys have done such a great job. I feel really good about our car right now- we’ve learned a lot. I’m really charged about tomorrow; things are looking pretty good for Team Patrón.

Alexis DeJoria

ALEXIS DEJORIA: DRIVER OF THE KALITTA MOTORSPORTS TEQUILA PATRÓN TOYOTA CAMRY FUNNY CAR

THE RESULTS:

E1: 3.950 ET at 324.05 MPH def. Dave Richards 4.355 ET at 213.57 MPH
E2: 3.942 ET at 322.11 MPH def. by Tommy Johnson Jr. 7.146 ET at 97.74 MPH

QUOTABLE:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

It was a really tough loss today in round two. We had a car to beat all weekend. Our Patrón Toyota Camry was very consistent getting down the race track. It was just one of those things today. I was up against Tommy [Johnson Jr.] at the last race and he cut a better light than me and we ran the same so I got beat on a holeshot. I just wasn’t going to let that happen today. Unfortunately I guessed a little too soon on the light and had a red light start and that was the end of our day. I’m very pleased with the progress we’ve made as a team. Our car is running very well and I cannot wait for Topeka.

NHRA COUNTDOWN TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDING: 394 points, 9th in ranking

ABOUT ALEXIS DEJORIA

Alexis DeJoria, daughter of John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and proud owner of Tequila Patrόn, 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

The Results:

Q1: 8.685 ET at 83.12 MPH
Q2: 3.949 ET at 318.69 MPH
Q3: 4.023 ET at 316.23 MPH
Q4: 4.003 ET at 316.15 MPH

The Competition:

No. 4 Alexis DeJoria (LC) vs. No. 13 Dave Richards

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

We did pretty well in qualifying here in Atlanta at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals. We made it down the track three times out of four and qualified fourth. We are headed into Sunday feeling pretty pumped and hopefully we can collect some more round wins tomorrow.  

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria, daughter of John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and proud owner of Tequila Patrόn, 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

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BAYTOWN, Texas (May 1, 2016)— The 29th annual NHRA Spring Nationals in Baytown, Texas saw another weekend of consistent passes and career best numbers for Alexis DeJoria and her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team.

After running a 3.980 in the opening qualifying session, Team Patrón came back out in Q2 and laid down a 3.910-second pass, a new career best E.T. for DeJoria and her Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car entry. The Patrón team followed up those numbers with a 4.009 in the Texas heat on Saturday, which held up to be the best of the session, and later closed out qualifying with a 4.035.

Team Patrón’s 3.910 from Q2 was enough to earn them the No. 2 qualifying position going into Sunday’s elimination rounds. DeJoria would pick her lane in her first round match-up versus John Hale. Unfortunately for Hale, his parachutes deployed while on the burnout and he would not make the run. Had Hale been able to take the beams, he would have had to lay down not only a career best, but the best number of the opening session to outrun DeJoria’s stout 3.939-second pass.

Round two found DeJoria running against Tommy Johnson Jr. The two had a 5-5 record up until their E2 matchup. DeJoria cut a solid 0.071-second light, but Johnson Jr. was slightly quicker off of the starting line, ultimately earning his team a spot in the semifinal round with his 3.985 versus DeJoria’s 3.971.

“I got beat a little bit on the starting line this last round, but I’ve been consistently good with my lights and the car has been running consistently well. Most days, that’s going to win a race,” said DeJoria, a naturalized Texas resident who makes her home in Austin.

Sunday’s quarterfinal exit is not indicative of the team’s performance and capabilities. Every pass down the 1,000-foot stretch at the NHRA Spring Nationals was quick and consistent, a trend that has kept pace since the their round one match-up in Gainesville, the third event of the season. In fact, in eighteen of the past nineteen runs, DeJoria and her Tommy DeLago-tuned Funny Car have made it down the track in 4.0-seconds or better-an impressive statistic in the ultra competitive Funny Car class.

“We ran well this weekend. We lost in the second round but what can I say, we’ve had a great car all throughout qualifying and even on race day. We made two really good runs today and we have a good package right now on both ends,” added DeJoria, who already has a race win and No. 1 qualifier on her list of 2016 accomplishments.

“We’ll just keep getting better, keep getting after it, and we’ll come away from this race with some good points going into Atlanta.”

Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team compete next at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, Ga, May 13-15. They leave Texas with 339 points, ranked eighth on the Funny Car points ladder. For more information, please visit www.alexisdejoria.com, Follow Us on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope @ADRnhra, or Like Us on Facebook Alexis DeJoria

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

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria, daughter of John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and proud owner of Tequila Patrόn, 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 and Crew in Houston

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

The Results:

  • Q1: 3.980 ET at 319.82 MPH
  • Q2: 3.910 ET at 324.90 MPH (Career Best E.T., two bonus points for 2nd quickest of the session)
  • Q3: 4.009 ET at 315.49 MPH (Two bonus points for 2nd quickest of the session)
  • Q4: 4.035 ET at 316.23 MPH

The Competition:

No. 2 Alexis DeJoria (LC) vs No. 15 John Hale

Quotables:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

We made four consistent runs in qualifying and it feels like another good race weekend for us. We just keep getting better. I don’t know what the conditions will be tomorrow, but we’re sitting in the No. 2 spot and that’s always a good day. We’re going to go out tomorrow, charge hard, and hopefully get those round wins that we desperately need.

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria, daughter of John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and proud owner of Tequila Patrόn, 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