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Sometimes the worst-looking crashes don’t do as much damage to the racer as do the less violent-looking ones. So it was with Alexis DeJoria, a top NHRA Funny Car driver for Kalitta Motorsports. She walked away from a devastating crash at Englishtown in 2009, but at Sonoma in 2016 broke her pelvis in a less spectacular incident where she smacked the left-side wall.

In Part 1 of our interview with DeJoria, we covered her decision to become a drag-racer, being a mother, her treatment by male drag racers and more. Here, we discuss her big 2009 accident, her billionaire father John Paul’s feelings about her racing, how she handles fear and what the NHRA needs to do to become more mainstream.

Jim Clash: You have driven your Tequila Patron Toyota as fast as 332.18 mph. What does that feel like?

Alexis DeJoria: Absolute heaven! Sometimes the faster runs are the easier ones, honestly. They hook up straight in the middle and ride on a rail. You just know that it's fast - you can feel it.

Clash: How can NHRA make this sport more mainstream?

DeJoria: I honestly think they need to do commercials, better commercials. NASCAR has these great commercials. Some of them are hilarious and with good music. We need to spend a little more money on that. We don't have the backing that NASCAR does, which is unfortunate because ours is such an incredible sport. Once people come and witness it in person, they are hooked for life.

Clash: Is your dad supportive of what you do? Read Full Story

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Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:
No. 11 (3.979 E.T. at 286.98 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 4.048 E.T. at 316.82 MPH defeated Tim Wilkerson 4.242 E.T. at 228.58 MPH
E2: 4.225 E.T. at 267.69 MPH defeated by Ron Capps 4.231 E.T. at 271.19 MPH (DQ)

Race Recap:
Teams experienced some of the hottest weather conditions of the season on race day, and co-crew chiefs Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago were prepared. DeJoria easily drove to a first round win in her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry while her opponent, Tim Wilkerson, struggled to get down the hot track. Unfortunately, Team Patrón was unable to turn on another win light in the second round against reigning Funny Car world champion Ron Capps. Her car dropped a cylinder, forcing her Camry over the center line, resulting in a disqualification. Despite the tough loss, DeJoria was able to gain on her goal of returning to the Top 10, as she cut the margin to 79 points. 

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
I don't really have a lot to say right now. In fact, I'm trying not to say too much. Unfortunate way to lose second round. We could have gone to the semifinals today but it just didn't work out that way. 

We're a good team; I'm a good driver. We've got this, and we're looking forward to the next race. 

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
293 points, ranked 14th 
79 points out of 10th 
Trails 13th ranked Jim Campbell by 54 points
Leads 15th ranked Bob Tasca III by 94 points                      

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]Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny CarThe Results: 

Q1: 4.023 E.T. at 319.45 MPH 
Q2: 3.979 E.T. at 286.98 MPH
Q3: 4.924 E.T. at 158.63 MPH
Q4: 4.051 E.T. at 304.53 MPH

The Competition: 
No. 11 Alexis DeJoria vs No. 6 Tim Wilkerson (Lane Choice)

Quotables:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver

Its been sort of a test session this weekend. We've been trying some new things during qualifying so we didn't have the best runs, but we are gaining information that will help us in the long term.

We're not starting from high up in the ranks tomorrow, but we're qualified and that's all that matters. My guys always give me something good on Sunday. 

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Forbes Magazine - Alexis DeJoria could have done anything with her life. The daughter of billionaire John Paul DeJoria, her world was a wide-open canvas. She could have gone into one of the family businesses - Paul Mitchell hair care products or Tequila Patron. Instead DeJoria, 39 and the mother of a 14-year-old daughter, chose drag racing.

She is one of just a handful of women on the NHRA circuit, others being the Force sisters, who routinely compete with, and beat, men at over 300 mph in 10,000 horsepower cars, and do so without a handicap.

Alexis DeJoria competes in NHRA drag racing with her Tequila Parton Funny Car.

Don't let DeJoria's colorful tattoos - she has several of them - fool you. She is incredibly articulate and sweet, but also a fierce competitor. At the 2014 U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, NHRA's crown jewel, she drove her Tequila Patron Toyota Funny Car dragster to the championship, beating legend John Force in the finals. Her time for 1,000 feet of asphalt: 4.038 seconds with a top speed just north of 310 mph. Read Full Story

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Alexis DeJoria, Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Qualified:
No. 11 (3.923 E.T. at 331.36 MPH)

The Results: 
E1: 4.854 E.T. at 253.80 MPH defeated by Bob Tasca III 4.572 E.T. at 253.14 MPH

Race Recap:
Alexis DeJoria returned to the seat of her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car at the New England Nationals. Right off of the trailer, DeJoria ran strong with two solid qualifying passes on Friday including earning a bonus point in the Friday evening session.

DeJoria ended qualifying in the 11th position with a first round opponent of Bob Tasca III. The Patrón Camry encountered problems early in the run. DeJoria expertly pedaled, but was unable to catch up with Tasca III, who was already too far down the race track. 

Quotable:
Alexis DeJoria, Driver

Well race day didn't go as expected, but we gave it a good try. I did my best out there; I pedaled and got it to recover.  I was right there, waiting. If Tasca blipped or anything, I was going to get him, but unfortunately he didn't and that was the end of our day.

I'm happy to be back here. We had some good consistent runs in qualifying. We're going to keep working really hard and try to find that extra horsepower. Englishtown is up next and I'm really looking forward to it.

NHRA Countdown to the Championship Points Standing:
Alexis DeJoria:
241 points, ranked 14th 
100 points out of 10th 
Trails 13th ranked Cruz Pedregon by 70 points
Leads 15th ranked Bob Tasca by 74 points                      

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