Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry
Q1: 4.192 ET at 302.62 MPH
Q2: 4.124 ET at 281.07 MPH
Q3: 5.608 ET at 126.87 MPH
Q4: 4.308 ET at 294.88 MPH
No. 13 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 4 Johnny Gray
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
We qualified here in Norwalk, which is great. Last year we didn’t to race on Sunday, so I’m just happy to be in the show tomorrow. We’re qualified thirteenth and face Johnny Gray first round.
Tommy DeLago, Crew Chief
Obviously like every week when we’re not number one qualifier, it wasn’t the weekend we wanted to have. We’re only on the fifth run on a new engine combo, and we’re still learning, but I see a lot more promise that what I saw before. We just have to learn what to do in various conditions. The conditions here are pretty much on both ends of the spectrum. During the night run on Friday, the track was incredible. We were on a pretty good pass on that run and were third fastest mph at half-track. Then today, the track deteriorated pretty quickly when it got hot out and it was really hard to adapt. In the fourth round we didn’t make the run we wanted but it was still the fifth quickest run of the session and it made it down the track. We were one of just a few cars to make it down the track in that round actually. If we can make it down tomorrow, we have a shot at winning.
July 7, 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.