Charlotte II Pre-Race Report

Alexis Dejoria Carolina

Driver of the Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

Countdown to the Championship Ranking: 9th

Charlotte II Event Highlights:

  • 2014 No. 1 qualifier

2021 Charlotte II Recap:

Qualified seventh; Semifinal finish (defeated Blake Alexander in E1, Terry Haddock in E2; defeated by Cruz Pedregon in E3)

Last Event (Reading):
Qualified 10th; First round exit (defeated by Tim Wilkerson in E1)

Career Statistics:189 races; six wins; six No. 1 qualifiers


  • DeJoria will be celebrating a birthday on Saturday, Sept. 24


“We’re headed to zMAX this weekend for stop No. 2 of the Countdown, a track where I’ve had success in the past. I’ve been the No. 1 qualifier there before, and have had quite a few long Sundays of going rounds, but have yet to bring home the hardware in Charlotte. I’m celebrating a birthday on Saturday and would love nothing more than to deliver the gift of a Wally trophy for my team on Sunday.
“We stumbled a bit in Reading; didn’t qualify how we had hoped and went out in the first round on Sunday. That’s certainly not how we wanted to start our Countdown but the good news is, there is still plenty of racing left. We stayed behind in Maple Grove and tested on Monday and feel well-prepared heading into this weekend. The weather is supposed to cool off quite a bit on Friday, and we know a successful outing in Charlotte starts with making sure we throwdown in that Friday night field-setting run. After that, we’ll focus on being consistent and taking it one round at a time, and hopefully, we can begin to narrow the points gap and climb back up on the leaderboard.”