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The Racing Times - With the Arizona Nationals by the wayside and Gainsville next on the schedule, we spent five minutes minutes with Funny Car driver Alexis Dejoria. Alexis is making her return to the full Mello Yellow Drag Racing schedule after a year off. Let’s see what Alexis has to say on her return…

How did it go about for you to return to racing and how did you go about getting back together with Del?

(Alexis) I always planned on coming back. Talked about it frequently with Del and Nicky. The timing was right for us all. 

After being away two years from the sport, how did it feel to get back into a Funny Car? And how did you feel after your first run during Spring training?

(Alexis) Lots of sleepless night getting excited to drive again. There really wasn’t much to get used to again but the speeds. Other than that my first runs went very well and I felt right at home like I never left. 

Has anything changed in the last two years from a driver perspective?

(Alexis)
 The NHRA has tried to slow the Nitro cars down. Slight changes that keep the cars from going 340mph which they don’t want us doing. 

Beinga driver, reaction time is key, how are you feeling about where you’re at right now?

(Alexis) Surprisingly enough my RT’s have been good for not driving for 2 years. I can always improve.

Can you tell us more about your new sponsors ABK Beer and ROKiT Phones? Anything special we can expect from them this season?

(Alexis) Yes our new sponsors are getting involved with fan interactions at the track. You will be able to sample

Any track you’re looking forward to returning to?

(Alexis)
 All of them really but my favorites are Vegas, Bristol, and new on the list Virginia.

How has the fan base responded to you coming back?

(Alexis) The fans and teams have been very supportive and excited to have me back out there. Mixing it up in the FC class and adding some color to the tv coverage lol! 

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NHRA National Dragster's fourth issue of 2020, featuring coverage of the NHRA Arizona Nationals and a feature on comebacking Funny Car Alexis DeJoria, is online for NHRA members and in the mail to homes and shops around the world.

NHRA National Dragster's fourth issue of 2020, featuring coverage of the NHRA Arizona Nationals and a feature on comebacking Funny Car Alexis DeJoria, is online for NHRA members and in the mail to homes and shops around the world.

In addition to our wall-to-wall coverage of the  Phoenix event, with photos and stats of every class that competed, the issue goes in-depth with DeJoria about her comeback to the Funny Car class after a two-year absence, outlining her goals and mindset as climbs back behind the wheel of her 11,000-hp ROKiT/ABK Beer Toyota.

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Don’t bother asking Alexis DeJoria if she’s already back up to speed after a two-year hiatus from Funny Car racing. She is. The steely fan favorite has more laps under her safety belts already this season than any other driver after three test sessions dating back to late last year and is ready for everything her team can give her.

She’s already made two three-second passes on four qualifying attempts in her comeback race at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals and enters Sunday’s final eliminations ready to do battle.

“Obviously the first run in the car was ‘Oh man, this is loud and fast,’ but I already feel very comfortable in the car,” she said of her ROKit/ABK Beer Toyota. “Del [Worsham] and Nicky [Boninfante] have made this really easy. Almost from the start, it didn’t feel like I’d been gone two years. I was more worried about the warmup, stressing out and hoping that I remembered the procedures than the actual runs.”

That she would always come back to racing -– and to Funny Car –- was never in doubt even when she announced in late 2017 that she was taking a sabbatical to spend time with her teenage daughter.

“It definitely was always my plan to come back; It was just a matter of when, and this seemed like the ideal time,” she said. “My daughter is going off to college soon. She’s doing so well in life, getting good grades in school –- she’s even taking AP classes online -– and she’s going to come out to the race with me some this year before she goes off to college.”

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The ROKiT / ABK Beer Toyota Camry Funny Car made a stellar pass at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as Alexis DeJoria debuted the new look in her return to NHRA Drag Racing. DeJoria ran a 4.18-second pass with crew chiefs Del Worsham and Nicky Bonifante looking on -- and you can see the full run below. The ROKiT / ABK Beer Toyota Camry Funny Car made a stellar pass at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as Alexis DeJoria debuted the new look in her return to NHRA Drag Racing. DeJoria ran a 4.18-second pass with crew chiefs Del Worsham and Nicky Bonifante looking on.

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NHRA -  Funny Car star Alexis DeJoria announced today a multi-year sponsorship deal with two high profile sponsors, ROKiT Phones and ABK Beer. ROKiT Phones,  creators of glasses-free 3D smartphones, and the award-winning, 700-year-old Bavarian beer brand, ABK will support Alexis by delivering exclusive  3D content of her to fans via ROKiT smartphones and an ABK beer truck will keep fans refreshed.

ROKiT Phones and ABK Beer branding will appear on DeJoria’s vehicle, driver and crew uniforms, official merchandise and across her team’s transport fleet. Additionally, ROKiT Phones will create a series of exclusive 3D racing experiences, which will give fans across the globe an entirely new level of access to DeJoria, her 11,000-horsepower nitro ROKiT Toyota Camry Funny Car and the high-octane action on the track. 

“Joining Del Worsham’s newly-formed DC Motorsports team was just the first step in reigniting my quest at being the first female Funny Car world champion, and I’m thrilled that ROKiT is coming along for the ride,” said DeJoria. “I can’t wait to get back on the track and am energized and excited about all the things we have in store for the amazing NHRA fans!”

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DeJoria will debut her new race look on Feb. 6 at the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals where, in 2014, she made history by becoming the first woman to clock a sub-four-second run with a 3.997-second elapsed time. This will also mark the five-time race winner’s highly-anticipated return to the sport after a two-year hiatus. 

“Alexis is a trailblazer and one of the most accomplished women in motorsports,” said Jonathan Kendrick, co-founder of ROKiT. ”She’s a world-class athlete known for her tenacity, drive for perfection, and innate ability to lead the pack. These qualities, along with her unwavering desire to challenge the status quo make her the perfect ambassador for our brands.”

ROKiT brands has seen tremendous success within the motorsports community and this partnership comes on the heels of the company’s recent announcement that it added the ground-breaking women’s only racing series, W Series, to its growing global motorsports sponsorship portfolio, which also includes title sponsorship of the ROKiT Williams Racing Formula 1 team and the ROKiT Venturi Racing Formula E team.

 

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