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

The Results: 
Q1: 3.902 E.T. at 329.10 MPH (Three bonus points for second best run of the session)
Q2: 3.894 E.T. at 331.94 MPH (Two bonus points for third best run of the session)
Q3: 6.267 E.T. at 106.92 MPH
Q4: 3.897 E.T. at 328.66 MPH (Two bonus points for third best run of the session)

The Competition: 
No. 5 Alexis DeJoria (Lane Choice) vs No. 12 Jim Campbell 

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
Super proud of this Patrón team. Three out of our four qualifying runs were the quickest of their rounds. On my last run, I thought 'this is as good a time as any to do a super long burnout,' so I went past the tree and gave the fans a good show. 

My Patrón Toyota Camry was definitely a handful in both lanes throughout qualifying, but that's what Funny Car is all about. It's been a lot of fun driving one of these things and I'll definitely miss it. Trying not to think about it much until that last run, but I made sure I had a good time. Looking forward to tomorrow and going rounds. 

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POMONA, Calif. (November 8, 2017)— Alexis DeJoria will strap into her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry nitro Funny Car for the last time at this weekend’s 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California.
 
The final event of the 2017 NHRA season also marks the final event of DeJoria’s 12-year NHRA career. DeJoria, who announced her retirement following the conclusion of the 2017 season last month, has strong ties to the historic Southern California race track. DeJoria’s career concludes where it all began, Pomona, where she first experienced the heart pounding, soul shaking, fire-breathing monsters known as Funny Cars, and vowed to one day get behind the wheel of one.  DeJoria, who has always had a love for hot rods and all things fast, was sixteen years old when a friend first brought her to the California drag strip for an NHRA event.
 
“Growing up in Southern California, Pomona was ‘the track.’ It was my home track and where I first witnessed NHRA Drag Racing,” said DeJoria, a Venice Beach native who now calls Austin, Texas home.
 
“As much as I’m looking forward to going back to Pomona this weekend, it’s bittersweet because it’s my final race. This track holds a lot of history for me. It’s where I became the first female in NHRA history to make a three second Funny Car run, and where I became the first woman to compete in 100 Funny Car events. I raced Division Seven here. It’s a special place for me.”
 
DeJoria hangs up her helmet following a six-year tenure as a Funny Car pilot, having won five events, including the prestigious U.S. Nationals, and breaking numerous records. The fan favorite would like nothing more than to cap off her career with a win in her native Southern California.
 
“There’s going to be a lot going on this weekend. It will be exciting and fun but, of course, we want to go out with a bang and win our final race together,” she said of her Nicky Boninfante-Tommy DeLago led Funny Car team, “As much as that track means to me, a win there would be unreal.”
 
Alexis DeJoria’s Pomona, California accomplishments:

The first woman to compete in 100 Funny Car events, 56th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif., February 12, 2016

No. 1 Qualifier, 50th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals, Pomona, Calif., 3.998 seconds, November 15, 2014

The first female to make a three second Funny Car run, 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif., 3.997 seconds, February 8, 2014 

For a comprehensive list of DeJoria’s career highlights and professional biography, please contact Allison McCormick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

The Results: 

Q1: 4.807 E.T. at 168.66 MPH 
Q2: 3.927 E.T. at 326.71 MPH
Q3: 6.588 E.T. at 100.39 MPH
Q4: 3.926 E.T. at 323.04 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 10 Alexis DeJoria  vs No. 7 Cruz Pedregon (Lane Choice)

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
It's bittersweet. I love racing here. Those were the last Vegas qualifying sessions of my career, so I'm really happy it ended on a good note. We ran a 92 at night, which has been somewhat of a nemesis for me in the later part of the year.

It's going to be a good race tomorrow. We've got Cruz Pedregon; two Toyotas. One of us is going to the second round and we're betting on Patrón.

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

Qualified:
No. 9 (3.947 E.T. at 319.67 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 3.933 E.T. at 329.83 MPH defeated Bob Tasca III 4.444 E.T. at 209.82 MPH
E2: 3.945 E.T. at 329.83 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.865 E.T. at 331.77 MPH

Race Recap:
Alexis DeJoria qualified ninth for her seventh running of the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, and faced Bob Tasca III in the first round of eliminations on Sunday morning. DeJoria made a solid run of 3.933-seconds at 329.83-mph in her ‘pinked out’ Breast Cancer Awareness Toyota Camry, and swiftly defeated Tasca’s 4.444 E.T.
 
Team Patrón lined up next to Robert Hight in the quarterfinals. Both cars put up good numbers, but a broken clutch lever caused the Patrón Camry to slow and cross the stripe in 3.945-secs, falling to Hight’s 3.855.
 
A win at the Texas Motorplex would have been the cherry on top of a momentous career for DeJoria, who recently announced her retirement. It was at the Ennis, Texas track where DeJoria licensed in a nitro Funny Car, made her professional debut, and met her husband. Despite not making it into the Texas Motorplex Winner’s Circle and earning one of the event’s coveted black cowboy hats, DeJoria did not leave the track empty handed. During Sunday’s pre-race ceremonies, she was presented with a custom white cowboy hat, honoring DeJoria for her NHRA career.  

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
We broke a clutch lever second round against Robert Hight, unfortunately, and just got outran.
 
We’ve got two races left. I was really hoping to finish better here in Dallas. This track will always hold a special place in my heart. A lot of great memories here, and the Meyer family is just incredible. Billy Meyer actually gave me my own cowgirl hat with my name on it, so I ended up getting a cowgirl hat after all.
 
Overall, we’ve accumulated a lot of points for a team that didn’t make it into the Countdown. In fact, we’ve outscored about half of the Top 10 contenders right now, so that’s something to be proud about.                      

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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.

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