BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 16, 2013) After a string of first round losses, the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car team broke their streak when driver Alexis DeJoria defeated former Kalitta teammate Jeff Arend in the first round of eliminations at Bristol Dragway during the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Sunday afternoon.
The team's solid 4.096-second run from Friday night's second round of qualifying positioned them in the top half of the field in the No. 8 spot, earning them the advantage of lane choice against Arend. DeJoria, who visited the final round in her rookie campaign at this race last year, was quick off the line giving her the initial advantage. After dropping a cylinder, it looked like Arend might steal the win, but DeJoria held on, driving the car like a seasoned veteran, and was able to seal the deal and advance Team Patron to round two of eliminations.
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (June 12, 2013)â As the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car team roars into Thunder Valley today, theyâre hoping history will repeat itself at Bristol Dragway- the picturesque track that cuts through the Appalachian Mountains. It was at this race last year, the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, where the PatrÃ³n team had their very first taste of what it would be like to win a national NHRA event.
After three rounds of defeating seasoned veteran drivers, first-year Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria and her rookie team made it all the way to the final-round- an impressive feat for a novice team. While they ended up falling to Ron Capps in the finals, a runner-up finish proved to everyone that Team Patron was not to be taken lightly. At their very next race in Chicago they advanced into the semi-finals. Now, with a four week stretch of back-to-back racing on the horizon, kicking off with this weekendâs event in Bristol, Team PatrÃ³n hopes to get things off to a good start at the state-of-the-art facility in the foothills of Tennessee.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (October 30, 2013)— More than 100 free mammograms were performed this past weekend at the 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, thanks to a partnership between Alexis DeJoria Racing and the Nevada Health Centers.
The Nevada Health Centers parked their ‘mammovan,’ a mobile mammography unit in a semi-truck, behind the Alexis DeJoria Racing pit throughout the duration of the race weekend. From open-to-close, throughout all three race days, a continuous stream of women visited the mammovan to take advantage of the free mammography screenings.
Donations from Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, Kalitta Motorsports, Technicoat, and Rick Fischer from Fischer Honda enabled the mammovan technicians to be able to provide free screenings to any female over 40 attending the race- never having to turn a woman away because she did not have health insurance. According to the Nevada Health Centers, it is estimated that 80% of the women who visited the mammovan during the weekend did not have health insurance.