Alexis De Joria Bakersfield preview

De Joria hoping to rebound in Bakersfield BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - While drag racing is a contest to see who can go the quickest in a straight line, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car rookie Alexis De Joria is making her way around the learning curve that...

De Joria hoping to rebound in Bakersfield

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - While drag racing is a contest to see who can go the quickest in a straight line, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car rookie Alexis De Joria is making her way around the learning curve that provides those quick times. In a season that has had it's up's and downs as she tries to master what is commonly regarded as the hardest cars in all of drag racing to drive, she and the Tequila Patron/Jack O'Bannon Racing team hope to bounce back during this weekend's Division 7 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.

De Joria, 29, of Venice, Calif., hopes that pre-race testing on Thursday will help her and the Randy Anderson lead team find their 'groove' before qualifying starts on Friday.

"They're going to let us start testing at 9 a.m.," said De Joria. "We're going to try to make as many runs as we can on Thursday. That always seems to help. This weekend gives us another chance to run the car and another weekend for me to learn more about driving one of these hot rods. Jack O'Bannon Racing has given me a great team to be a part of and some great teachers to learn from. We have a great sponsor in Tequila Patron, so hopefully it won't be long before this team start to go rounds."

Despite not qualifying at her last event in Acton, Mont., De Joria, daughter of Patron Spirits Company and Paul Mitchell Hair Care Products founder John Paul De Joria, cites the weekend may have been one of her best behind the wheel.

"It was my first time to race at night in Acton," stated De Joria. "I kept having problems with my visor fogging up, so when it shook and started getting out of shape, I decided to lift instead of trying to go down the track blind. I've really been working hard away from the track and I've been riding my bike four to ten miles a day to build my leg strength. It really paid off in Acton because I had my best 'foot swaps' since I've been driving the car."

"We'll be running at night in Bakersfield, too," De Joria continued. "So I've got some new visors to make sure that doesn't happen again. Hopefully I can get my foot swaps right again and we can get a good baseline tune-up for the car. We're all working hard towards the same goal, and I'm confident we'll get there."

-credit: jor

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