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2014 NHRA: Patron Xo Cafe Team A Top Contender Heading Into Chicago
Posted by: newsla on Jun 24, 2014 - 04:48 PM
2014 NHRA: Patron Xo Cafe Team A Top Contender Heading Into Chicago

After their third final round appearance of 2014, the Kalitta Motorsports Patrón XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car team heads into the 17th annual O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries sitting in the No. 2 spot- their highest position on the NHRA Funny Car points ladder to date.


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With Chicago marking the halfway point of the 24-race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series, Alexis DeJoria is pleased with the team’s successes so far this season, which include most recently, a third visit to the finals.

“We’ve had a great car this year. Tommy [DeLago], Glen [Huszar], and the crew have made it fast, but most of all, consistent,” said DeJoria, who makes her home in Austin, Texas. “We’ve run record numbers and won races, and it’s only halfway through the season.”

DeJoria and her 10,000 horsepower Toyota Camry have accumulated 716 points over the first 11 races and have maintained a spot in the ‘Top Five’ since the second race of the season- an impressive feat in the stacked Funny Car class. Although she is confident in her team’s ability to pick up another win this weekend at Route 66 Raceway, which sits just southwest of Chicago in nearby Joliet, she realizes that the competition is fierce and it can anybody’s game, on any given weekend.

“It’s been a very competitive class and this year, all of the teams are running well and breaking track records at almost every race. As far as the points go, we are separated by very few now, and that makes things even more exciting. I look forward to getting our car back out there again this weekend in Joliet after such a successful final round appearance in Epping. We didn’t get the win, but we left there No. 2 in points, and with that much more confidence in our car and myself.”

Prior to the weekend, DeJoria has a jam-packed day of media and appearances on Thursday, which includes a spot on the nationally syndicated radio/TV show, Mancow in the Morning, Chicago’s Q101FM, and Comcast Sports Net. That evening, DeJoria will join her Kalitta Motorsports teammates for a ‘Kalitta Takeover’ at Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel. Fans are encouraged to join DeJoria at the hotel’s Sheer Bar from 7-8:30PM, where she’ll be guest bartending and serving up her favorite Patrón cocktails.

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