Alexis DeJoria retires following loss at 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tequila Patron Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria has competed in her final NHRA race. She previously announced that she would step away at the end of the season.

The Austin, Texas native won her first-round elimination pairing at the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona in Pomona, California. She defeated Jim Campbell after he had broke following staging.

Tequila Patrón Funny Car pilot Alexis DeJoria racing on Sunday, November 13, 2017, at the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals
Alexis DeJoria racing on Sunday, November 13, 2017, at the 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals (Photo by Alexis DeJoria Racing/Instagram)

DeJoria went 3.932 at 331.45 mph to get the win.

She then was eliminated in the second round by Tommy Johnson Jr. The Make-A-Wish Foundation driver ended her career in the sport with the elimination win.

Johnson Jr. went 3.911 at 329.34 mph to get the win. DeJoria trailed with a 3.944 at 327.90 mph pass.

“I’ve accomplished great things throughout my NHRA career,” she said. “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.”

She has competed in the NHRA for the past six seasons after making her professional debut in Sept. 2011. DeJoria became the first woman to compete in 100 Funny Car events.

DeJoria completes her career with five wins.

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