Race Reports

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

The Results: 
Q1: 10.107 E.T. at 82.23 MPH
Q2: 3.947 E.T. at 319.67 MPH
Q3: 4.716 E.T. at 176.60 MPH
Q4: 4.004 E.T. at 324.05 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 9 Alexis DeJoria  vs No. 8 Bob Tasca III (Lane Choice)

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
It was a struggle during qualifying but we managed to pull off a 94 in there somewhere. The conditions tomorrow are going to be completely different from Friday and Saturday. It's supposed to be much cooler. Hopefully we can get some racing in between the storm, make some good runs and go rounds.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 9, 2017)— Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria will retire from NHRA competition following the conclusion of the 2017 season.

“It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make and I will miss everyone so much. My reasoning behind this decision is simple, it’s time for me to switch my focus towards my family,” said DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry. 

“I’ve accomplished great things throughout my NHRA career. Working with Kalitta Motorsports and driving for Connie Kalitta has been an absolute honor, the man is a legend. He’s been the best boss I could have ever hoped for as a professional nitro Funny Car pilot. I can’t say enough about Jim O [Oberhofer], Nicky [Boninfante], Tommy [DeLago] and the entire organization I’ve had the pleasure of working with these last six plus years. I got to work with and learn from the best.”

Kalitta Motorsports Vice President of Operations, Jim Oberhofer, said, “I am very proud that she is taking the time to spend with her family. I know very well how precious that time is and how easily it can get away from you. Alexis will always be a part of our Kalitta family and we wish her nothing but the best.”

DeJoria began her NHRA career in 2005, working her way up the ranks in the Super Gas, Super Comp and Top Alcohol Funny Car categories before making her professional debut at the Texas NHRA FallNationals in September 2011.

In her six-year Funny Car career, DeJoria has earned five event wins (including the prestigious U.S. Nationals), four No. 1 qualifiers, and eight final round appearances. Among her many achievements, DeJoria was the first female Funny Car pilot to break the four-second barrier, and the first woman to compete in 100 Funny Car events.

Prior to competing in the professional Funny Car category, DeJoria found success throughout each level of her Sportsman career, including winning the SportsNationals in Super Comp within the first eight months of her NHRA debut. In the Top Alcohol Funny Car category, DeJoria won both a divisional and national event, becoming the second woman in history to earn a national TAFC event title.

DeJoria plans to fight hard and collect as many round wins and Wallys as possible in the remaining three NHRA races before hanging up her helmet following the 2017 NHRA Finals in Pomona, California.

“We still have three races left,” said DeJoria, the only driver to have claimed a win in each of the Funny Car, Top Alcohol Funny Car and Super Comp categories. “By no means is it over yet. We still have a fighting and winning attitude. I’ve got a great car and an excellent team.”

“I want to thank our incredible fans and everyone who has supported our team along the way. A huge thank you to The Patrón Spirits Company, Toyota and all of our sponsors who have had our backs these years.”

Lee Applbaum, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Patrón Spirits International, said “It’s been a tremendous honor sponsoring Alexis DeJoria and her team for the past twelve years, watching her make history time and time again as one of the most accomplished female athletes in motorsports. She’s truly been an inspiration and a role model to so many, and we’re proud that our brand has been her partner throughout this amazing journey.”

Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team compete next at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex, October 13-15.

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I’m a cancer survivor today, and that’s because of Alexis DeJoria Racing.”

-Donna Wright, ‘Free Mammograms for the Fans’ participant, 2016 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (October 4, 2017)— Alexis DeJoria Racing’s annual ‘Free Mammograms for the Fans’ program has provided more than 440 free mammography screenings since 2013. Now in its fifth year, the program is on track to reach a major milestone in 2017: 500 free screenings.

Support from The Patrón Spirits Company, Toyota, Global Electronic Technology and Kalitta Motorsports, has enabled Alexis DeJoria Racing to once again partner with Baylor Health and Nevada Health Centers (NVHC) and bring their mobile mammography units (mammovans) to the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals and the NHRA Toyota Nationals.

With an event ticket, women ages 40 and older are able to attend the Dallas and Las Vegas races and receive a free mammogram regardless of health insurance status. Multiple sources cite lack of health insurance, high out-of-pocket cost, and lack of access to care as the primary reasons women forgo this important yearly screening.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

At age 59, Donna Wright elected to undergo her first mammography screening while attending the 2016 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals.

“I have always considered myself to be a healthy person, so I never saw any need to get screened” said Wright, adding “But the weather was not that great, the races were delayed, Baylor was there and it was free so I thought ‘what the heck. I’ll do it.’”

Shortly after, Wright received her results in the mail and was stunned to find she was now part of the statistic. Thankfully, because she was diagnosed early her surgeon told her she ‘won the lottery’ and was able to make a full recovery.

 Alexis DeJoria, whose Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car will be decked out with bright pink accents in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, encourages other women to follow Wright’s lead.

“Early detection is key. Don’t wait and don’t be shy, ladies. Come out to the Dallas and Las Vegas events and take advantage of this opportunity.

“We’re so honored and grateful to be working with these amazing organizations and to be able to use our platform in the greater good for the fight against this horrible epidemic,” added DeJoria, who, as one of the few females in the male-dominated motorsports industry, felt compelled to do more than simply raise awareness for breast cancer, and instead provide a direct service for the NHRA’s female fan base.

Women who are interested in receiving a free screening while at the Dallas and Las Vegas races do not need a referral or to make an appointment. Mammograms are provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Baylor Health’s mammovan will be on-site at Texas Motorplex, October 13-15, and NVHC’s mobile unit will be at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, October 27-29. 

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

Qualified:
No. 4 (3.863 E.T. at 333.16 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 3.886 E.T. at 329.34 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 4.063 E.T. at 296.31 MPH
E2: 3.939 E.T. at 325.45 MPH defeated by Jonnie Lindberg 3.870 E.T. at 330.96 MPH

Race Recap:
Alexis DeJoria powered her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry down the Gateway Motorsports Park dragstrip in 3.863-seconds at 333.16-mph on Friday evening. Not only was the impressive run a career-best E.T. and speed for DeJoria, but it was enough to earn her third consecutive top-half qualifying spot.
 
As the No. 4 qualifier, DeJoria faced thirteenth qualified Cruz Pedregon in round one of eliminations. With her 3.886-sec pass, DeJoria easily defeated Pedregon's 4.063 and raced her way into the NHRA Midwest Nationals quarterfinals.
 
Round two found Team Patrón squaring off against Jonnie Lindberg. DeJoria and Lindberg ran an exciting side-by-side race, but unfortunately Team Patrón's solid 3.939-sec effort wasn’t enough to take down Lindberg’s session-best pass.

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
We had a pretty good weekend considering we went out in the second round.  We ran our career best on Friday and had our highest qualifying position of the season. We ran another good number first round, but unfortunately we were out after the second session.
 
It’s a bummer, we definitely wanted to have a longer day today. It’s getting down to the wire. There are only three races left and we want to win another of these before the years over.                        

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

The Results: 
Q1: 3.926 E.T. at 325.22 MPH 
Q2: 3.863 E.T. at 333.16 MPH
Q3: 4.793 E.T. at 164.43 MPH
Q4: 5.265 E.T. at 140.34 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 4 Alexis DeJoria (Lane Choice) vs No. 13 Cruz Pedregon

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
I've got to say, I'm really excited about Sunday. We're starting off with the best qualifying position we've had all year.

We made an excellent run, our career best, on Friday night so today we were just trying to step on it a little bit more and find out what our breaking point is.

Its been a great weekend so far out here in St. Louis and I'm looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.