Alexis DeJoria Racing Qualifying Report- Auto Club NHRA Finals


Jeff Arend: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Note: Jeff Arend is filling-in for Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria as she recovers from a racing-related concussion.

The Results:
Q1: 4.408 E.T. at 204.91 MPH
Q2: 3.930 E.T. at 317.19 MPH (career best E.T. for Arend)
Q3: 6.149 E.T. at 109.34 MPH
Q4: 5.803 E.T. at 120.90 MPH

The Competition:
No. 10 Jeff Arend vs. No. 7 Matt Hagan (LC)


Jeff Arend, Driver
Overall it’s been a great weekend so far. We did what we set out to accomplish. We made a good 3.93 run last night. Unfortunately, with me being heavier than Alexis, and having a heavier body on the car, we’re working on the little things to try and get the car to run quicker every time. We already knew we were in the show so today’s both runs were testing for tomorrow. Q3 was about seeing what we could get away with, and the second run we were trying to run a 3.80 or a low 3.90. It didn’t make it either time but we have a good tune-up for race day tomorrow and I’m looking forward to making Alexis proud. We miss her out here, all of her fans miss her, and we hope to have a great day tomorrow.

Photos courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography. Hi res images available upon request

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