De Joria looking forward to competition debut POMONA, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car rookie Alexis De Joria will be making her competition debut in the Tequila Patron/Jack O'Bannon Racing Camaro during this weekend's season-opening ...
De Joria looking forward to competition debut
POMONA, Calif. - NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car rookie Alexis De Joria will be making her competition debut in the Tequila Patron/Jack O'Bannon Racing Camaro during this weekend's season-opening CARQUEST Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona. De Joria, who won last year's Pacific SPORTSnationals in Super Comp, has high hopes for her debut, but is taking a 'one step at a time' approach to this weekend.
De Joria, 29, who is the daughter of Patron Spirits Company and Paul Mitchell Hair Care Products founder John Paul De Joria, recently completed her license in her Randy Anderson tuned ride while testing in Phoenix. While she would love nothing more than to make a spectacular debut, she has her sights focused on making a clean point A to B run off the trailer.
"I'm real excited about finally getting to stage with someone in the other lane," said De Joria, of nearby Venice, Calif. "My teammate Sean [O'Bannon] and Randy have been going over the procedures with me. It's not really that major of a deal, I just have to get back that tunnel vision I had in my Super Comp car. You just have to focus on doing your job."
"We made some more full runs testing in Phoenix last weekend," De Joria continued. "The car had some very good early numbers in one of the passes, but they were running street cars down the track, so it was difficult to get down. I definitely got some tireshake experience. I'm very competitive, and I race to win, but I also realize these are some of the toughest cars to drive in drag racing. Pomona usually has a very competitive field, and I hope to qualify, then go from there. At this point, I just need to focus on making clean, full runs. Hopefully we can make some good runs and make a good debut for Tequila Patron."