New look drives results

Courtesy of Gary Nastase

A brand-new look was just the thing Alexis Dejoria needed to spark her first Funny car victory.

To say the 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has started out on a good note for our Patrón XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car team would be an understatement.

For those that have been following my career, you may be surprised to see me in a purple, gold and black car this year, as opposed to the signature green, silver and black car that I've raced over the past several years in the Top Alcohol Funny Car class, and more recently the nitro Funny Car class.

We debuted our green and silver Tequila Patrón nitro Funny Car in September 2011 and in the two seasons that followed, had a little bit of a rough ride. We had done alright. We made it to a final round and five semifinal appearances and had definitely had some good runs, but we never won a race, which was a bit of a disappointment to our team. At the end of our 2013 season this past November, we were approached by Patrón about changing our car from the Tequila Patrón hot rod to the Patrón XO Cafe car. We were beyond thrilled for this opportunity. Toward the end of our 2013 season, we started to see some noticeable progress with the car, and we knew we would have a solid foundation to work off of leading into the 2014 season. To have the opportunity to start fresh with a brand-new look was just the thing our team needed.

We're now two races into the 2014 season and the new look has been very well received by our fans and peers. Everyone loves this darker side of Patron. Even more exciting, the car has been on a roll! At the first race of the season, we ran a 3.997-second ET (elapsed time) during qualifying. That run would cement my place in history as the first female to ever make a sub-four second pass. It was an incredible feeling and an amazing way to kick off the opening race of the season.

At our very next race in Phoenix, we finally pulled off the ultimate goal that we had worked so hard to achieve since we launched our team in 2011 -- we WON! The feeling was so surreal, and I'll never forget it. I'm now the fourth woman to have ever won a national Funny Car event, and the only woman to have won both a Funny Car and Top Alcohol Funny Car event. I'm confident that people will continue to see big things out of the team this year.

I'll be writing this blog every month, so please check back soon. In the meantime, you can keep up with our team by following us on Twitter @ADR_Nitro771, liking us on Facebook at Alexis DeJoria, or visiting our team website, www.alexisdejoria.com.