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Kalitta Motorsports News

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

The Results:

  • Q1: 4.496 ET at 206.67 MPH
  • Q2: 4.125 ET at 308.78 MPH
  • Q3: 4.118 ET at 309.63 MPH
  • Q4: 4.383 ET at 214.66 MPH

The Competition:

No. 12 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 5 Matt Hagan

Quotables:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

Qualifying went fairly well this weekend. We ended Friday night in the No. 10 spot with a nice 4.12 from Q2. Today started off on a good note with our 4.11 in Q3. That pass held up to be low ET of the round and moved us up to the ninth spot. By the time we were up to run in Q4 we had been bumped back to twelfth. The sun was starting to set at that time and there was some good shade on the track. We tried to step on it and really go after it, but unfortunately ended up smoking the tires and weren’t able to improve our position in the qualifying ladder. We face Hagan in round one of eliminations tomorrow- we’ll see what happens and hopefully, we’ll go some rounds on race day.

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (October 23, 2013)— A little ‘Vegas luck’ may be all that’s needed for Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team as they head to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the 13th annual NHRA Toyota Nationals.

The team, which has seen a steady rise in quick, consistent, full passes over the past several races, has just two chances to pull out a win before the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series season concludes, and they’re hoping that this could be the weekend where they do just that.

“I’m excited to go back to Vegas,” said DeJoria, an Austin resident whose family keeps a home in Las Vegas. “It’s the second to last race of the year; we only have two more chances to win a Wally before the year’s up, so like always, we’ll give it our all. Our car has been running well at the past few events, so as long as we can keep that up, I think this could be our weekend.”

Foose Kalitta VegasLAS VEGAS, (Oct. 21, 2013) – Chip Foose, world-renowned auto designer and TV personality, and Doug Kalitta, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel dragster ace, have one very cool thing in common: Their passion for fast, eye-stopping and jaw-dropping hot rods. This weekend, Oct. 25-27, at “The Strip” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Foose, Kalitta, and Mac Tools will again team up to give auto racing fans a 10,000-horsepower compilation of style and speed via a special edition Foose-designed, Kalitta-driven dragster.

“I am very excited to have once again designed the graphics for the Mac Tools/Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster,” Foose, who also designed a dragster for Kalitta and Mac Tools most recently in 2007, said. “I have been a big fan of drag racing since I was a kid and being a part of the Mac Tools/Kalitta Motorsports team is very cool. Having my logo displayed on the car with names that I admire is an honor.”

“The dragster looks great,” Kalitta, a 49-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich. said. “Mac Tools and Chip work together very closely on a lot of projects, so we're honored to have him be a part of our racing program. He's an amazing guy and an amazing artist. He definitely would be proud to see our car in the winner's circle, and it’s just a little extra motivation for me and the Mac Tools crew to try to do just that in Las Vegas.”

“Mac Tools is proud of their 10-year relationship with automotive icon Chip Foose. Knowing Chip is using Mac Tools to build his one-of-a-kind hot rods makes our Distributors and Franchisees proud. We are excited to see this Chip Foose-designed dragster and look forward to it racing its way to winner’s circle on Sunday,” said Director of Motorsports for STANLEY Black & Decker Tony Merritt.

READING, Penn. (October 6, 2013)— The old saying ‘third times the charm’ proved to be true as No. 14 qualifier Alexis DeJoria defeated No. 3 qualifier Jack Beckman  in first round of eliminations on Sunday morning, after being matched up against the 2012 NHRA Funny Car World Champion for the third weekend in a row.

At the two previous events in Dallas and St. Louis, Beckman came out victorious over DeJoria, but at the 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, it was DeJoria who crossed the stripe first to take the win. As the second pair of Funny Cars to run, DeJoria had the advantage off the line and she powered her Patrón Toyota Camry to an impressive 4.077-seconds at 310.70-mph pass- the second quickest run of the first session.

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

The Results:

  • Q1: 4.118 ET at 307.02 MPH
  • Q2: 5.431 ET at 127.30 MPH
  • Q3: 9.852 ET at 81.72 MPH           
  • Q4: 4.145 ET at 305.42 MPH

The Competition:

No. 14 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 3 Jack Beckman

Quotables:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

“I’m really happy that we qualified at Maple Grove Raceway this weekend. It was kind of a struggle these past two days. We went into today not qualified, but thankfully on that last run we made it down the track with a 4.145 so we’re in the show tomorrow. We face Jack Beckman in round one again- this will be our third weekend in a row racing him first round and he’s taken us out the past two weeks- hopefully third times the charm! I’m looking forward to running my black, green and pink Patrón Toyota Camry [in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month] on race day.”

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2592)
2. Clay Millican (2423)
3. Tony Schumacher (2382)
4. Leah Pritchett (2297)
5. Antron Brown (2253)
6. Brittany Force (2243)
7. Mike Salinas (2228)
8. Doug Kalitta (2225)
9. Terry McMillen (2221)
10. Scott Palmer (2149)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2445)
2. J.R. Todd (2434)
3. Ron Capps (2336)
4. Tim Wilkerson (2334)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2296)
6. Courtney Force (2264)
7. Matt Hagan (2241)
8. Jack Beckman (2229)
9. John Force (2204)
10. Shawn Langdon (2152)

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