Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car
No. 4 (3.863 E.T. at 333.16 MPH)
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
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.
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.