Kalitta Motorsports News
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (June 25, 2013)â Coming off of two back-to-back race weekends in Bristol, Tenn. and Epping, N.H., the Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car team is full speed ahead as they prepare for the 16th annual O'Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Ill. this weekend, June 28-30.
While the past two races were not as successful as the Kalitta Motorsports black-and-green Patron-backed team would have hoped, the vibe remains positive going into this weekend's race. "These stretches of nonstop races are pretty grueling, but to be honest, we're all so amped to pick up that elusive first win that we like to get back out on the track right away and have another shot at it. We"re all working so hard, and want it so bad. Every weekend that we get back out on the race track we feel a renewed sense of energy and are eager to start each race fresh and on a positive note," said Alexis DeJoria, pilot of the 10,000 horsepower Patron hot rod.
EPPING, N.H. (June 23, 2013) Round one of eliminations at the inaugural NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. was the setting for an epic matchup between friends, and the only two female Funny Car drivers competing in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Alexis DeJoria and Courtney Force.
The two women, both in their sophomore seasons as professional drivers, are constantly pitted by the media as rivals, and while both are fierce competitors and hungry to be the best, they're close friends both on track and off.
Prior to the New England Nationals, the two have met in eliminations only once this year, with DeJoria, pilot of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car coming away the victor, (Rd. 1, NHRA Spring Nationals, Baytown, Texas). In their second 2013 matchup at the New England Dragway on Sunday, No. 14 qualifier DeJoria did not fare as well against No. 3 qualifier Force, running a 4.295-second pass to Forceâs 4.128.
Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila PatrÃ³n Toyota Camry
Q1: 4.236 ET at 297.75 MPH
Q2:4.229 ET at 294.37 MPH
Q3: 4.526 ET at 196.42 MPH
Q4: 4.288 ET at 267.11 MPH
No. 14 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 3 Courtney Force
*DeJoria is 1-0 over C. Force in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
âItâs great to be in Epping. I have my whole family out here this weekend and Iâm really excited to have their support.â
âQualifying has been somewhat tricky for us. Weâve been running consistent 4.20âs [seconds, elapsed time], which isnât as fast as we would like. There are some bumps in the left lane but at least weâre getting down the track. Anything can happen tomorrow. Weâre in the show and thatâs all that matters. You can win from any qualifying position.â
Tommy DeLago, Crew Chief
âWe had a gremlin in the car last night which really hurt our qualifying position, unfortunately. Itâs important to run a good e.t. in that Friday night run, so it was disappointing that we couldnât. I think we couldâve run somewhere between a 10-12 [4.10-12, seconds, e.t.] which would have possibly made for an easier first round tomorrow. But, weâre professionals, and weâll do what we have to do. We race Courtney first round. Theyâre a competitive team, but sometimes to be the best youâve got to beat the best. Weâll go out there tomorrow and take our best shot. Every Sunday that we go out and race, I believe that we can win. Weâll evaluate all of our valuable information, go out there tomorrow, and kick butt.â