Q1: 4.294 ET at 242.04 MPH
Q2: 4.076 ET at 308.00 MPH
Q3: 4.178 ET at 299.53 MPH
Q4: 4.792 ET at 169.55 MPH
No. 9 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 8 Jack Beckman
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
“We made it down the track three times out of four during qualifying at Gateway Motorsports Park this weekend, which was good, and I’m happy we qualified. Of course, I wish we could have qualified a little higher up in the field, but we’re in the show and that’s what matters. We face Jack Beckman in round one tomorrow and we’re hoping to come out victors and go rounds.”
Tommy DeLago, Crew Chief
“Our first day of qualifying this weekend was pretty decent. We were fairly conservative with that 4.07 run last night, but it still put us in the quick half of the field going into today’s two sessions. It was pretty warm during Q3 today so we tried to tune the car off of the 4.29 from Q1 and ended up running a 4.17. That run ended up being sixth quickest of the session, but the five cars in front of us went a heck of a lot faster, so it’s clear we left way too much on the table there. Before Q4, the clouds started coming in and the temperatures cooled off a bit, so it was time to stand on it and really see what we could get away with. We tuned it off of that 4.02 from Charlotte, but it was just a tickle too much and unfortunately, the car smoked the tires on that last run. It’s a bummer because we were going to be in the Top 8 with lane choice, but we fell to the No. 9 spot. Regardless, we’ll go out there tomorrow and give ‘em hell and hopefully it will be a successful day for Team Patrón.”
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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.