The 2014 is off to a fast start for NHRA Funny Car driver, Alexis DeJoria. After becoming the first female driver in history to break the 3 second threshold (3.997) in the season opening Winter Nationals at Pomona, Alexis hit the second stop on the NHRA Mello Yello tour knowing she had a fast hotrod.
She didn't waste any time at the 30th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, dominating throughout qualifying, earning bonus points for the third-fastest timeslip in 2 out of 4 sessions.
On Sunday eliminations, DeJoria powered her 10,000 horsepower Patrón XO Cafe Camry to an impressive ET of 4.065-secs, the second quickest of the opening round session defeating former teammate Jeff Arend. In round two, she went on to take out teammate and 2012 Top Fuel World Champion Del Worsham with a 4.12 at 298mph. Alexis would take 16-time World Champion John Force to the trailer in round 3 with another stout run of 4.052 at 311.41-mph.
In only her second career final round as a pro class driver, Alexis would take on champion driver Robert Hight, also out of the John Force Racing camp. But her 4.043 at 309.63 mph would take the green at the finish line, en route to her first NHRA Funny Car win.
DeJoria was overcome with emotion as the realization of her first win set in.
“Wow, my first win,” she said, with a huge smile on her face. “I’m so proud of my guys. We all worked so hard. Our car has been consistent all weekend. Our 60 foot times have been hella fast. This moment has been a long time coming. Today was just surreal and it was well worth the wait. We’ve got a hot rod underneath us now, and you’re going to see more wins out of the Patrón XO Cafe team- I’m sure of that!”
She became the 90th driver and only the fourth woman to earn a victory in the ultra-competitive Funny Car class. DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Patrón XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car team are currently third in the NHRA standings with 156 points.