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Kalitta Motorsports News

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (July 22, 2013)— As the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team leaves the ‘mile high’ state and heads for sea-level Sonoma, Calif., they know that the stakes are high going into the second event of the three-race Western Swing.

With just four races left to get into the NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship Top Ten list, Team Patrón knows that the 26th annual NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway is a critical race and will contribute to the fate of whether or not the team will have a chance for a run at the Championship. The team currently sits in the No. 12 spot on the list with 569 points.

“We’re 174 points out of tenth place as of now,” said team driver, Alexis DeJoria. “It’s critical that we go rounds this weekend. We’re not out of the hunt yet, but we really need to make some big moves this weekend.”

MORRISON, Col. (July 21, 2013)— After qualifying in the No. 4 spot for the 34th annual Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Col., Team Patrón driver Alexis DeJoria was set to square off against friend and friendly rival Courtney Force in round one of eliminations. DeJoria and Force, the only two female Funny Car drivers competing in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, had a one-to-one 2013 race day record going into Sunday’s ‘Marquee Matchup.’

DeJoria’s impressive 4.122-second run from Q2 gave her the advantage of lane choice over No. 13 qualifier Force. Both women struggled with their reaction times and while the Patrón Toyota Camry made a full pull down the 1,000-foot stretch, it trailed Force’s flopper throughout the entire run. While obviously disappointed with how race day panned out for the black-and-green team, DeJoria is pleased with the newly configured car she was given this weekend.

Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry

The Results:

  • Q1: 4.300 ET at 292.58 MPH
  • Q2: 4.122 ET at 307.02 MPH
  • Q3: 4.716 ET at 182.33 MPH
  • Q4: 5.429 ET at 134.75 MPH

The Competition:

No. 4 Alexis DeJoria with lane choice vs. No. 13 Courtney Force

Quotables:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

“We have definitely stepped up our performance from last year here at Bandimere Speedway. We qualified fourth with our 4.122 [seconds, elapsed time] run in Q2, which is pretty stout given the tricky conditions here. That was only our second run ever on that new chassis and we were able to make a solid run, which is great. That run kept us in the number four spot all weekend. The track has been hot and the altitude makes it difficult to make horsepower and create downforce, but there have been some stellar runs out there this weekend- ours being one of them. It seems as if no matter where we qualify, we always get matched up against tough cars, and tomorrow is no exception. I’m running against good friend Courtney Force in round one and it’s anybody’s game- they’ve got a good car and we’ve got a good car, so we’ll see. We’ll duke it out on the starting line, and then we’ll probably hug it out on the top end.” 

Jim Oberhofer and his daughter Ashley will dance in competition on August 9 for two great reasons.

They will honor the memory of Tammy Oberhofer, who passed away June 18, 2013, and help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Oberhofer passed away after a long and bravely fought battle with cancer.

The Oberhofers will participate in Floorplay, A Fun Dance Competition for Charity, at Concourse Hall in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   

“We are dancing in my wife Tammy’s name and I think it’s great,” said Jim Oberhofer, more commonly known in the racing community as Jim O.

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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (July 17, 2013)— Only five races stand between the cutoff to be included in the NHRA’s coveted Countdown to the Championship Top Ten list, and Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, knows that the Western Swing will play a critical role in her team’s ‘Top Ten’ fate.

The famous three-race Western Swing kicks off this weekend with the Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, located just outside of Denver, Col. As Team Patrón roars into the Rockies, they feel well-equipped to tackle what will likely be some of the most extreme racing conditions they will encounter all season.  The scenic track in the mountains provides for a visually and acoustically stimulating experience for fans, but with its mile-high altitude, tricky tuning conditions for crew chiefs.

NORWALK, Ohio (July 7, 2013)— Sunday found the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team packing up early after a first round loss at the 7th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

The No. 13 qualified Patrón team faced No. 4 qualifier Johnny Gray during round one of eliminations. After Gray’s team decided on a last minute lane swap, the black and green Toyota Camry pulled up to the line ready to make a run with their newly implemented engine combination- a tamed down version of Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster setup. With just five runs under their belt with the adjusted tune-up, the Tommy DeLago led Patrón team made a solid 4.131-second at 313.29-mph pass. Although it was a good run, it wasn’t enough against Gray’s 4.047-sec pass, ending Team Patrón’s day.

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On the Run with Ashley

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (954)
2. Leah Pritchett (943)
3. Antron Brown (934)
4. Tony Schumacher (801)
5. Doug Kalitta (678) 
6. Brittany Force (649)
7. Clay Millican (639)
8. Troy Coughlin Jr. (443)
9. Scott Palmer (432)
10. Terry McMillen (424)
11. Shawn Langdon (323)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Ron Capps (1044)
2. Matt Hagan (881)
3. Jack Beckman (748)
4. Robert Hight (707)
5. Courtney Force (704)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (663)
7. John Force (641)
8. Tim Wilkerson (490)
9. J.R. Todd (476)
10. Cruz Pedregon (397)
14. Alexis DeJoria (327)

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