Alexis DeJoria Racing Qualifying Report- Inaugural Auto-Plus New England Nationals

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

The Results:

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

The Competition:

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

“It’s great to be in Epping. I have my whole family out here this weekend and I’m really excited to have their support.”

“Qualifying has been somewhat tricky for us. We’ve been running consistent 4.20’s [seconds, elapsed time], which isn’t as fast as we would like. There are some bumps in the left lane but at least we’re getting down the track. Anything can happen tomorrow. We’re in the show and that’s all that matters. You can win from any qualifying position.”

Tommy DeLago, Crew Chief

“We had a gremlin in the car last night which really hurt our qualifying position, unfortunately. It’s important to run a good e.t. in that Friday night run, so it was disappointing that we couldn’t. I think we could’ve run somewhere between a 10-12 [4.10-12, seconds, e.t.] which would have possibly made for an easier first round tomorrow. But, we’re professionals, and we’ll do what we have to do. We race Courtney first round. They’re a competitive team, but sometimes to be the best you’ve got to beat the best. We’ll go out there tomorrow and take our best shot. Every Sunday that we go out and race, I believe that we can win. We’ll evaluate all of our valuable information, go out there tomorrow, and kick butt.”

TV Schedule


June 15, 8:30PM-10PM EST



June 16, 11PM-12AM 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.