NHRA superstar Alexis “La Patrόna” DeJoria, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrόn Toyota Camry Funny Car, is looking forward to returning to Pacific Raceways this weekend, the very spot where she had her first ever National event win in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class one year prior. As she comes off of one of her best qualifying weekends of her rookie career, DeJoria is hoping history will repeat itself as she prepares to make her Seattle Nitro Funny Car debut at the 25th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals, the final stop of the infamous Western Swing.
“All the stars are aligned for it to be a successful weekend for Team Patrόn,” said Jim Oberhofer, VP of Kalitta Motorsports. “The Patrόn Toyota Camry has been very consistent and we ran some great numbers in Sonoma. Both of our Funny Cars have been working well off of each other and Alexis has been doing a great job with her reaction times.”
The black-and-green team, led by crew chief Del Worsham, who also won at this event last year in the Top Fuel class, is continuing on with their proven strategy of working together with the DHL Funny Car team, which has also seen success this season.
“I’m feeling really good about this weekend,” said the Rookie of the Year candidate, who’s already been to a final and semifinal round this year and has held her own in several instances, taking out seasoned veterans such as John Force, Ron Capps, and Jack Beckman. “Winning here last year was so awesome and such an incredible experience. Obviously, this is one of my favorite tracks for that very reason, so I’ve been looking forward to coming back here for the first time in my Nitro Funny Car all season long.”
“We’re coming off of a good outing in Sonoma, and I’m happy to be going back to another familiar track where I’ve had great success. I’m headed into town early to do an NHRA press conference and a Tequila Patrόn Bottle Signing at the BevMo in Tacoma. My daughter is joining me on this trip and we’re both looking forward to seeing the sites in downtown Seattle, including the famous Pikes Place fish market. This should be a great weekend and I’m really looking forward to racing again back in Seattle.”
Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrόn Toyota Camry Funny Car team compete this weekend August 3rd-5th at the 25thAnnual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals. Qualifying begins at 2:30PM on Friday.