Race Reports

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

Qualified:
No. 11 (3.923 E.T. at 331.36 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 4.854 E.T. at 253.80 MPH defeated by Bob Tasca III 4.572 E.T. at 253.14 MPH

Race Recap:
Alexis DeJoria returned to the seat of her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car at the New England Nationals. Right off of the trailer, DeJoria ran strong with two solid qualifying passes on Friday including earning a bonus point in the Friday evening session.

DeJoria ended qualifying in the 11th position with a first round opponent of Bob Tasca III. The Patrón Camry encountered problems early in the run. DeJoria expertly pedaled, but was unable to catch up with Tasca III, who was already too far down the race track. 

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver

Well race day didn't go as expected, but we gave it a good try. I did my best out there; I pedaled and got it to recover.  I was right there, waiting. If Tasca blipped or anything, I was going to get him, but unfortunately he didn't and that was the end of our day.

I'm happy to be back here. We had some good consistent runs in qualifying. We're going to keep working really hard and try to find that extra horsepower. Englishtown is up next and I'm really looking forward to it.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
241 points, ranked 14th 
100 points out of 10th 
Trails 13th ranked Cruz Pedregon by 70 points
Leads 15th ranked Bob Tasca by 74 points                      

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

The Results: 
Q1: 3.941 E.T. at 326.87 MPH
Q2: 3.923 E.T. at 331.36 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)
Q3: 4.304 E.T. at 211.49 MPH
Q4: 3.924 E.T. at 322.04 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 11 Alexis DeJoria versus No. 6 Bob Tasca III

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver

It's my first race back and it's going really well so far. In qualifying we made three good consistent passes and even got a bonus point out of it. I couldn't be happier with the results right now. Going into Sunday we feel very strong. We're racing another New Englander so that'll be fun. Bob's been running well this weekend too. It's anybody's race, but we feel really good about our chances.

Alexis DeJoria

EPPING, N.H. (June 1, 2017)-- Alexis DeJoria will return to the seat of her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry at this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. 

“I’m excited to get back to racing,” said the four-time Funny Car winner, who has been tending to a private family matter. “I want to thank everyone for their support these past few weeks. Missing races is never easy and certainly not a decision that was made lightly. I can’t wait to get back at it and resume the fight for our spot in the Top 10 this weekend.”

DeJoria currently sits in the No. 14 spot in the Countdown to the Championship Funny Car rankings, 110 points out of 10th. The New England event marks the unofficial end to the first half of NHRA’s ‘regular’ season and kicks off a grueling stretch of back-to-back races. With eight events scheduled over the next 10 weeks, the summer months will be crucial for DeJoria and her Patrón team in their efforts to secure a spot in the coveted Top 10.

“Right now, the focus is on picking up as many round wins as possible,” said DeJoria.

The 2014 New England Nationals runner-up knows that she and her team have their work cut out for them, but is confident in their abilities to bridge the gap and ensure their fourth consecutive playoff berth later this summer.

“I’ve got a great team, and a car capable of running with the best of them. I have nothing but the utmost confidence in Nicky [Boninfante] and Tommy [DeLago]. We’re going to race hard and just keep charging forward.”

DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team begin qualifying for the 5th annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway on Friday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).  

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Chad Head, Interim Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:
No. 13 (3.963 E.T at 328.14 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 4.172 E.T. at 247.97 MPH defeated by Jack Beckman 4.218 E.T. at 217.70 MPH

Quotable:
Chad Head, Driver
I tried to red light, my foot came back up and then I was just completely late. Then the car dropped a cylinder and it was pretty much over from there. He ran a 4.21 and we ran a 4.17 and got beat, so it's a bummer, but the car will get better. It's going in the right direction.

Note: Chad Head is filling in for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria. 

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
208 points, ranked 14th 
Leads 15th ranked Jeff Diehl by 95 points
Trails 13th ranked Cruz Pedregon by 49 points                      

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Chad Head, Interim Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

The Results: 
Q1: 7.805 E.T. at 84.44 MPH
Q2: Cancelled due to severe weather
Q3: 8.405 E.T. at 86.93 MPH
Q4: 3.963 E.T at 328.14 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 13 Chad Head vs No. 4 Jack Beckman (Lane Choice)

Quotables:
Chad Head, Driver

Driving this car, I add an additional sixty-some pounds, so trying to get it down the track is pretty challenging for these guys. This team is capable of a lot more than what we showed this weekend. For Alexis, Patrón and Toyota, we're working as hard as we can. This is a great team over here, and I'm real proud to be associated with them. 

Note: Chad Head is filling in for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria.