Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car
No. 7 (3.963 E.T. at 324.05 MPH)
- E1: 3.931 E.T. at 327.90 MPH defeated Jonnie Lindberg 3.999 E.T. at 322.81 MPH
- E2: 3.956 E.T. at 324.12 MPH defeated by Matt Hagan 3.958 E.T. at 326.71 MPH
The consistency and performance that the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team enjoyed at the previous race in Sonoma carried over into this weekend's event in Seattle.
The Patrón Camry made a clean and quick full pull on every run attempt, including two bonus point-worthy passes during qualifying.
Round one of race day was a critical matchup for Alexis DeJoria and her opponent Jonnie Lindberg, both of whom are chasing a Top 10 spot in NHRA's Countdown to the Championship points ranking. With the starting line advantage and a competitive 3.931-second run, DeJoria earned the round win and advanced to round two.
During DeJoria's round two matchup with Matt Hagan, both cars made solid 3.95-second runs but unfortunately Hagan was able to cross the stripe first, winning on a small holeshot.
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
I've got to say, we had a pretty good weekend. Our car ran really well every time we hit that starting line. We made it down to the finish line in a very respectable way. We made it to the second round today and our cars were tied in E.T.s but we happened to run against the guy who cuts a 0.61 light. In comparison, my reaction time was pretty much on point with everyone else's, 90s throughout, but that's the luck of the draw. It's unfortunate, we really needed that round, but I have to say we're definitely making headway. We're consistent right now. I'm happy about that. I think we've finally kind of got our rhythm back. It's a little late, but there's a lot of races left and a lot of races left to win.
NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
552 points, ranked 14th
49 points out of 10th