Race Reports

Alexis in Arizona

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

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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Jeff Arend: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Note: Jeff Arend is filling-in for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria as she recovers from a racing-related concussion.

The Results:
Q1: 4.408 E.T. at 204.91 MPH
Q2: 3.930 E.T. at 317.19 MPH (career best E.T. for Arend)
Q3: 6.149 E.T. at 109.34 MPH
Q4: 5.803 E.T. at 120.90 MPH

The Competition:
No. 10 Jeff Arend vs. No. 7 Matt Hagan (LC)

Quotable:

Jeff Arend, Driver
Overall it's been a great weekend so far. We did what we set out to accomplish. We made a good 3.93 run last night. Unfortunately, with me being heavier than Alexis, and having a heavier body on the car, we're working on the little things to try and get the car to run quicker every time. We already knew we were in the show so today's both runs were testing for tomorrow. Q3 was about seeing what we could get away with, and the second run we were trying to run a 3.80 or a low 3.90. It didn't make it either time but we have a good tune-up for race day tomorrow and I'm looking forward to making Alexis proud. We miss her out here, all of her fans miss her, and we hope to have a great day tomorrow.

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

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.