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CONCORD, N.C. April 27 -- Alexis DeJoria will not compete in the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals this weekend in Charlotte, N.C.

DeJoria must step away from the driver’s seat to deal with a family matter. Although she will not attend the Charlotte event, it is important to DeJoria that her team still have the opportunity to make a run for the Four-Wide Wally. In her absence, DeJoria has appointed Kalitta Motorsports Director of Safety and established Funny Car driver Chad Head, to pilot the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry.

DeJoria is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of her Patrón Funny Car as soon as possible.

Head and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team will begin qualifying for the eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on Friday, April 28 at 4:30 PM EST.

Alexis DeJoria

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

Qualified:

No. 9 (3.946 E.T. at 322.34 MPH)

The Results

  • E1: 3.927 E.T. at 327.03 MPH defeated Tim Wilkerson 8.109 E.T. at 112.19 MPH
  • E2: 4.146 E.T. at 260.16 MPH defeated by Courtney Force 3.947 E.T. at 294.37 MPH

Quotable:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver It's been a bit of a rough weekend for me. I'm fighting a possible case of walking pneumonia. We'll see when I get home and talk to the doctor but I definitely haven't been feeling great this weekend so I've been trying to be extra strong and do my job, and I think I did a good job. 

We had a solid start; made three good, consistent passes in qualifying. On race day we got a round win, and almost a second round win. We're strong right now and I'm excited for the next race. I've got a great team. Who needs luck when you've got a group like this. 

Alexis DeJoria

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

The Results: 

  • Q1: 3.995 E.T. at 320.97 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
  • Q2: 7.825 E.T. at 84.84 MPH
  • Q3: 3.966 E.T. at 323.43 MPH
  • Q4: 3.946 E.T. at 322.34 MPH  

The Competition:  No. 9 Alexis DeJoria vs No. 8 Tim Wilkerson (Lane Choice)

Quotables: Alexis DeJoria, Driver

"We made it down the track three times. They were good runs; solid runs. You know it is going to be tough competition tomorrow. It's going to be hot, but we have a good car. My guys always give me something on race day."

Alexis DeJoria

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

Qualified:
No. 8 (3.936 E.T. at 327.27 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 4.054 E.T. at 320.97 MPH defeated J.R. Todd 9.752 E.T. at 77.54 MPH
E2: 4.052 E.T. at 319.67 MPH defeated by Gary Densham 4.551 E.T. at 190.73 MPH

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
We definitely had a good setup in the heat for race day. It looked like we were headed to a semifinal, quite possibly. Unfortunately, I left a little too early in the second round and got a red light for us. We're going to stay and test on Monday. I'll just get out there, make runs, hit the tree and shake it off.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
154 points, ranked 12th
Leads 13th ranked Del Worsham by seven points
Trails 11th ranked Tim Wilkerson by one point

Alexis DeJoria

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

Qualified:
No. 11 (3.928 E.T. at 327.98 MPH)

The Results:
E1: 3.925 E.T. at 328.46 MPH defeated by Ron Capps 3.895 E.T. at 330.96 MPH

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
Talk about consistency. First round we ran another 3.92 like we did in qualifying. We were the only team in Funny Car to make it down the track in the 3-second zone every time, so we definitely had something for them. That right lane's a little tricky, it's got a bump, but these guys made it happen and we were able to make another full run. I had a good light and everything, we just didn't have enough at the top end unfortunately so that was the end of our day. We're going to stay and test Monday, get this Patrón Camry a little bit quicker, and get ready for Vegas.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
101 points, ranked 12th
Leads 13th ranked Cruz Pedregon by six points
Trails 11th ranked Del Worsam by 15 points

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