Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry
Q1: 4.099 ET at 298.87 MPH
Q2:6.561 ET at 100.85 MPH
*Note: Friday’s two qualifying runs were cancelled due to persistent rain
No. 9 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 8 Courtney Force
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
“Yesterday was a wash out, so we only had two qualifying sessions to get into the Top 16 field today. We managed to do it in our first run with a really nice 4.099. I had to click the car off a bit early because it was smoking the tires and dropped a cylinder, so it was pretty loose down there, but I legged it as far as possible and still ran a good 4.09. We ended up qualifying in the No. 9 spot and we race Courtney Force in round one of eliminations. Seattle has been good to us so far this weekend, and we’re all really excited about tomorrow.”
Tommy DeLago, Crew Chief
“We’ve been looking forward to running the car since our successful weekend in Sonoma, so we were all happy that we had that chance today. The car seems to have turned a corner as of late. We used the same setup today that we ran on Sunday in Sonoma and the car ran about the same, which was really cool. Obviously, we would’ve liked to run better during Q2 today here in Seattle, but we had to try a different blower since we damaged one in Sonoma last weekend. Unfortunately, that blower just wasn’t as good, and the track conditions were pretty stellar today, so it ended up pulling the tires loose. We’re switching out the blower and replacing it with the one that we ran in E2 and E3 in Sonoma, and we’ll go give ‘em hell tomorrow!”
August 3, 10:30PM-12AM EST
August 4, 7PM-10PM EST
About Alexis DeJoria
Alexis DeJoria, daughter of the famed John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and proud owner of Tequila Patrόn, is a professional NHRA race car driver, competing in the nitro Funny Car class on the Kalitta Motorsports team. Alexis drives a Tequila Patrόn-sponsored 2013 Toyota Camry. Alexis, who had all the opportunity in the world to pursue any type of career, felt strongly about following her passion, and her need for adrenaline drove her to pursue the unlikely profession of auto-racing. The determination to ‘blaze her own trail’ continues to drive her and push her to higher levels in male dominated sport of drag racing.
About Kalitta Motorsports
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with five world championships and over 50 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.