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SEATTLE, Wash. (August 5, 2016)— NHRA Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria was scheduled to compete at the 29th annual NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington this weekend, but due to injuries sustained in a recent crash DeJoria and her Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Funny Car team will not enter the event.

Less than one week ago at Sonoma Raceway, DeJoria was involved in a harrowing accident when her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry lost traction and made a sudden violent left turn, colliding with the retaining wall in her lane. The impact caused a high-energy fracture to the left side of her pelvis - more specifically, her left iliac wing.

“I’ve experienced different types of crashes in my race car- from going off the end of the track, to blowing up, to scrapes with the wall, but this one was different,” said DeJoria of the incident, which occurred during the first round of eliminations at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

“I felt the car make a move to the right, I corrected it and then the car laterally and smashed into the wall. All four wheels were sliding and no matter what I did with the steering wheel, it wasn’t responding to any of my movements.”

“I knew right away I had hurt my back. All I wanted to do was get the car stopped. Once I had it safely stopped, I pushed myself out of the car, and as soon as my feet touched the ground, I felt pain shoot straight into my lower back.”

“My adrenaline was rushing. When these things happen, I tend to get angry. I’m a very competitive person. I never want to go out like that, obviously. My number one concern is always to keep myself safe, as well as the driver in the other lane. There were a lot of emotions when this happened, but I was very grateful that it wasn’t worse.”

While immediate surgery was not required, DeJoria currently suffers from extreme pain and has been left temporarily immobile, unable to race. She remains on bedrest in her Austin, Texas home. Her absence this weekend could potentially affect her chances at having an opportunity to compete for the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car World Championship.

Seattle’s NHRA Northwest Nationals mark the 16th of 18 regular season NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events. In order to be in the Championship chase, DeJoria must be locked into a top ten spot by the conclusion of race No. 18, the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, the last event before the six race Championship playoff.

Currently, DeJoria, who has already won one event in 2016, sits in 10th with 765 points. Playoff hopefuls Chad Head and Cruz Pedregon sit in 11th and 12th, with a 150-point margin between DeJoria and Head. 198 points separate DeJoria and Pedregon. With just three races left until NHRA’s Countdown contenders are locked into the top ten, DeJoria is determined to get back on the track to earn her playoff berth.

Despite the prospect of racing with a significant amount of pain, the strong-willed DeJoria avows to return as soon as physically possible, and while not definite, her sights are set on returning at the NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota.

“The goal right now is Brainerd. I’m going to do everything I possibly can to heal properly. I’m on bedrest for the time being, and then I start physical therapy on Monday [August 8th]. I want to get back in the car and need to get back in the car as quickly as possible. I’m a fighter. The cutoff to qualify for the Countdown is coming up and we need to secure our position.”

“I realize that at this moment I have to rest in order to better the healing process, but it’s hard for someone like me to be stagnant. I’ve never missed a race in my NHRA Funny Car career thus far. However painful it will be to have to watch the NHRA Northwest Nationals from my bed, rather than be there at the track, I’ll be cheering on my Kalitta Motorsports teammates.”

Since the accident, DeJoria has experienced an incredible outpouring of support from the NHRA community.

“Thank you to all of my fans, sponsors, friends, and the racing community for their caring words and support! I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of my Patrón Toyota Camry, and resume my quest for the 2016 Funny Car Championship. ”

Substitute drivers for the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny car will not be considered in the event of any unexpected setbacks.

Alexis Dejoria

SONOMA, Calif. (July 31, 2016)— During the first round of eliminations at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Kalitta Motorsports Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria experienced an accident that required a trip to the trauma center.

DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry, was competing in the left lane alongside opponent John Force in the opening round of eliminations on Sunday morning at Sonoma Raceway. The Patrón Toyota Camry lost traction and made a violent turn to the left as soon as DeJoria stepped on the throttle, causing her Camry to make impact with the left retaining wall.

DeJoria exited the vehicle under her own power, but immediately knew something was wrong. Upon a quick evaluation from on-site medical personnel, she was transported via ambulance to Queen of the Valley Medical Center in nearby Napa. After x-rays and a CT scan, doctors diagnosed DeJoria with a high-energy fracture of the left pelvis. The fracture was caused when she struck the wall. The injury does not require immediate surgery, but is extremely painful. DeJoria is in good spirits and was more concerned with the condition of her race car, and if it was ok. She was released from the hospital on Sunday afternoon, and will start intense physical therapy as soon as possible, determined to get back on the track.

DeJoria and the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team were scheduled to compete next at the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington, but due to injuries sustained, that race is to be determined.

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

The Results:

  • Q1: 3.992 E.T. at 313.07 MPH
  • Q2: 7.904 E.T. at 86.89 MPH
  • Q3: 4.645 E.T. at 172.96 MPH
  • Q4: 3.946 E.T. at 319.45 MPH

The Competition:

No. 11 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 6 John Force (LC)

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

We made two good runs in qualifying. We’re qualified eleventh, but hey, we’re qualified and again that’s all that matters. We’re going into race day charged and we’ll have a good setup tomorrow. We’re going to dig deep, fight hard and go rounds.

It’s great to have my dad [John Paul DeJoria], Eloise [DeJoria] and Jesse [James] here this weekend. It’s been a while since my dad’s been to a race, so it’s nice to have him out here this weekend. He’s never been out to the Sonoma Raceway track before, and it's just always nice to have the support of family and friends.

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

Qualified:

No. 4: 3.975 E.T. at 318.69 MPH

The Results:

E1: 4.324 E.T. at 232.71 MPH defeated by John Hale 4.303 E.T. at 240.64 MPH

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

It’s been a frustrating weekend for Team Patrón. We ran two good numbers in qualifying, ended up fourth and got a bonus point out of it, but unfortunately, first round of eliminations was a disappointment. We went out there and our car shut off. We have a pan pressure switch that shuts off when it reaches a certain pan pressure, and that’s what happened. We coasted to the finish line, but it just wasn’t enough to get around John Hale’s team, and that’s the end of our day.

We have yet to do well here in Denver, but I love racing up here on the mountain, and I love the Bandimere family. Bandimere Speedway is always a nice venue; just unfortunate we had to go out in the first round. Luckily we have two Kalitta cars still in it, so we’ll be here supporting them. 

This wasn’t the way we wanted to start off the Western Swing, but Sonoma is next, and that’s a place that has been good to us in the past. It’s a Toyota race and we’re looking forward to that.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:

733 points, ranked 10th

Alexis

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

The Results:

  • Q1: 4.684 E.T. at 177.46 MPH
  • Q2: 7.744 E.T. at 87.94 MPH
  • Q3: 4.066 E.T. at 316.30 MPH
  • Q4: 3.975 E.T. at 318.69 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)

The Competition:

No. 4 Alexis DeJoria (LC) vs. No. 13 John Hale

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

Well it’s been a very strange weekend, to say the least, but they say everything comes in threes. Going into the sand in Q4, that was our third weird thing. I’ve done it a few times before but it’s been a very long time. Not a great way to end qualifying but we did make a three-second run. Our chassis is going to be all right, but our body needs to be fixed, obviously. We’ll get it done by Sonoma. Luckily, we always have a backup so we’ll be good for tomorrow. It’s been a tough weekend so far up on the mountain, but we’re qualified fourth and in the top half of the field. That’s definitely a plus and Team Patrón has been known to turn things around on race day.

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.

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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About Tequila Patrón

Patron SilverFrom 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.