Race Reports

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

The Results: 
Q1: 3.926 E.T. at 325.22 MPH 
Q2: 3.863 E.T. at 333.16 MPH
Q3: 4.793 E.T. at 164.43 MPH
Q4: 5.265 E.T. at 140.34 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 4 Alexis DeJoria (Lane Choice) vs No. 13 Cruz Pedregon

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
I've got to say, I'm really excited about Sunday. We're starting off with the best qualifying position we've had all year.

We made an excellent run, our career best, on Friday night so today we were just trying to step on it a little bit more and find out what our breaking point is.

Its been a great weekend so far out here in St. Louis and I'm looking forward to what tomorrow will bring.                        

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

Qualified:
No. 6 (3.914 E.T. at 328.70 MPH) 

The Results: 
E1: 4.684 E.T. at 266.27 MPH defeated by Tommy Johnson Jr. 4.226 E.T. at 226.62 MPH

Race Recap:
Team Patrón’s performance consistency from the last several events carried over into the NHRA Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania.
 
The Patrón Toyota Camry made solid runs three out of four times during qualifying, and their strong performance yielded a starting position from the top half of the field on race day.
 
As the sixth seeded contender, Alexis DeJoria had lane choice over 11th qualified Tommy Johnson Jr. in round one. The Patrón Camry smoked the tires early into the run. DeJoria skillfully pedaled the car in an attempt to chase Johnson Jr. down, but he was already too far down track and despite smoking the tires later in the run, was able to cross the beams first.
 
DeJoria, who was celebrating a birthday on Sunday, will not have to wait long to have another shot at putting her Patrón Camry in the Winner’s Circle for the second time this year. Team Patrón competes next at the NHRA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis, beginning Friday, September 29th

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver

Losing first round on Sunday is never good, especially when it’s your birthday and you’re hoping for a ‘birthday Wally.’ Obviously, we didn’t make a pass like we had hoped we would make. Friday was great for us and we were hoping to do something similar today.

We gave it our all. I had a great light, pedaled it, and got it to recover but Tommy [Johnson Jr.] was down there just a little too far.
 
I love racing here in Reading. The people are amazing; the track’s just incredible. It’s beautiful here and it will always be one of my favorites.

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

The Results: 
Q1: 3.934 E.T. at 330.39 MPH 
Q2: 3.914 E.T. at 328.70 MPH 
Q3: 3.946 E.T. at 327.43 MPH
Q4: 6.977 E.T. at 94.55 MPH 

The Competition: 
No. 6 Alexis DeJoria (Lane Choice) vs No. 11 Tommy Johnson Jr. 

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
We made good, consistent runs in qualifying and tomorrow's looking good. They're forecasting hot weather, which is just how we like it. We have a good tune-up for those kind of conditions. We're going to race as hard as we can, go as many rounds as we can, and hopefully pick up a birthday Wally.

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

Qualified:

No. 5 (3.910 E.T. at 324.51 MPH)

The Results: 

E1: 3.980 E.T. at 319.45 MPH defeated Jonnie Lindberg 7.831 E.T. at 103.88 MPH
E2: 3.979 E.T. at 320.05 MPH defeated Jim Campbell 4.738 E.T. at 164.75 MPH
E3: 3.976 E.T. at 322.04 MPH defeated by Courtney Force 3.957 E.T. at 325.06 MPH

Race Recap:

Alexis DeJoria and the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team had one of the strongest performing cars at zMAX Dragway throughout the NHRA Carolina Nationals.
 
Three out of DeJoria’s four qualifying passes were ‘Top Three’ runs, earning her a qualifying spot in the top half of the field going into race day.
 
DeJoria’s first round opponent was No. 12 qualifier Jonnie Lindberg. The NHRA Brainerd winner piloted her Patrón Toyota Camry down the track in 3.980-seconds, easily defeating Lindberg’s tire smoking pass.
 
Second round found DeJoria squaring off against Jim Campbell and once again, DeJoria’s crew chiefs Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago were ready with the hot track tune-up. Unfortunately for Campbell, the race was over before it even started when he jumped the gun and set off the red light.
 
In the semifinal round, DeJoria drew Courtney Force. Both women made solid runs, but Force’s 3.957-sec pass edged out DeJoria’s 3.976, ending Team Patrón’s day at the semis.
 
DeJoria and her team leave zMAX Dragway with the bragging rights of being the only Funny Car team to run in the three-second zone all weekend. They look to carry the momentum into the NHRA Nationals in Reading, Penn., kicking off in five days. 

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver

We’ve got to be proud about our semifinal finish today. We were up against Courtney Force and she beat us, but we would’ve beat any other team that ran in the semis; it’s just the luck of the draw.
 
We made seven full runs this weekend, all in the three’s [seconds], and we’re the only team out here to do so. We did a great job and we’re excited about Reading.

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

The Results: 

Q1: 3.952 E.T. at 320.51 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 3.910 E.T. at 324.51 MPH 
Q3: 3.992 E.T. at 318.32 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q4: 3.964 E.T. at 320.13 MPH (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session)

The Competition: 

No. 5 Alexis DeJoria (Lane Choice) vs No. 12 Jonnie Lindberg

Quotables:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver
We made four good qualifying passes this weekend; straight down the track, all in the three's [seconds] and we got five bonus points out of it. We are ready for tomorrow. I've got a really good feeling. We have a great team and we're ready to do some damage.