Although the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrόn Toyota Camry Funny Car team lost in the first round of eliminations to Ron Capps today, they’re chalking up their inaugural Denver appearance as a learning experience.
Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrόn-sponsored Toyota Camry, and Capps have squared off twice before, with the Rookie of the Year candidate taking out the veteran driver early on in Chicago’s eliminations after he beat her in the final round at Bristol, Tenn. the race prior.
While the black-and-green Toyota Camry was off to a good start early on during round one of eliminations, the rookie driver got out of the groove at about 100-ft and lost traction, ending their day.
Said DeJoria, “It was disappointing that we were out after the first round, but at the end of the day, I’m just happy that we qualified at this race considering that we struggled to make it down the track in tough conditions all weekend long. This race is so different from any other that we’ve been to thus far and any other we will visit this season. Competing in this high altitude at these extreme temperatures was a learning experience for the whole team. As a new team, it’s important to gain as much information as you can at every stop on the tour, and I think we accomplished that this weekend.”
“All in all, I’ve enjoyed my time out in Colorado. We had a chance to see some great areas up here. I’ve never really hung out in the Denver area before. I’ve come out to Colorado plenty of times to snowboard, but never had a chance to really explore this area and all of its cool places. Even though we were out early today, I’m just happy that we qualified, and of course now I’m really looking forward to going to Sonoma where we can tune this puppy back up again and run fast numbers at sea level.”
Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrόn Toyota Camry Funny Car team will compete next at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals in Sonoma, California, July 27th-29th.