Alexis DeJoria is Hanging Up Her Helmet
NHRA Funny Car Driver, Alexis DeJoria, of Kalitta Motorsports announced that she will be retiring from competition drag racing after the conclusion of this 2017 season. Alexis Dejoria has been competing in the NHRA since 2005. She began racing in the Super Gas category and eventually moved her way up to Super Comp and Top Alcohol Funny Car. In 2011, Alexis DeJoria made her professional NHRA debut at the Texas Fall Nationals.
“It’s one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make and I will miss everyone so much. My reasoning behind this decision is simple, it’s time for me to switch my focus towards my family,” Alexis DeJoria stated in her official announcement,”I’ve accomplished great things throughout my NHRA career. Working with Kalitta Motorsports and driving for Connie Kalitta has been an absolute honor, the man is a legend. He’s been the best boss I could have ever hoped for as a professional nitro Funny Car pilot. I can’t say enough about Jim O [Oberhofer], Nicky [Boninfante], Tommy [DeLago] and the entire organization I’ve had the pleasure of working with these last six plus years. I got to work with and learn from the best.”
During Alexis DeJoria’s time competing in NHRA Funny Car, she has earned five event wins, four number one qualifiers and eight final round appearances. In addition, Alex DeJoria was the first women to compete in 100 Funny Car Events and she also was the first woman Funny Car racer to break into the 4’s.
The announcement of Alexis DeJoria’s retirement has brought a lot of mixed emotions to the Car Chix Community. Alexis DeJoria and her crew have always been so supportive of Car Chix and our Ladies Only Drag Racing Events & Breast Cancer Fundraisers. Although we are sad to see her retire, we are happy that she will finally be able to spend the quality time with her family and we are also very grateful for what she has done for the sport of drag racing and women in motorsports.
Thank you Alexis DeJoria! We wish you all the best! <3