DC Motorsports Pre-Race Report: Pomona 1

Alexis DeJoria

Driver of the Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car

In-N-Out Burger Pomona Dragstrip Overall Highlights:

  • 2021 NHRA Finals event runner-up
  • 2014 NHRA Finals No. 1 qualifier

2023 NHRA Winternationals Recap:
Qualified second; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Jeff Arend in E1; defeated by Matt Hagan in E2)

Last Event (Gainesville):
Qualified seventh; Quarterfinal finish (defeated Paul Lee in E1; defeated by Bob Tasca in E2)

Career Statistics:
216 races; six wins, six No. 1 qualifiers


  • In 2014, DeJoria became the first female Funny Car driver to clock a sub-four second run (3.997 seconds) during qualifying at the Pomona 1 event
  • DeJoria, a former SoCal resident, was first introduced to NHRA Drag Racing when she visited the Pomona track with friends as a teenager

Fan Events:

  • Saturday, March 23, 9:30 – 10 a.m., Team Toyota autograph session at the Toyota midway display

“We have some good, positive momentum heading into our second race of the 2024 season after a solid showing in Gainesville. Our Bandero GR Supra team made some big clutch adjustments over the off-season and we feel like we have a really good baseline to work off of. Now, it’s all about refining our tune-up and continuing to chip away at it so that we can consistently make those 3.80 runs when the conditions are right. It’s crazy to think that we’re all targeting sub-3.9-second runs now, and that’s the norm considering it was at this exact race 10 years ago when our team clocked our first sub-four-second pass. That was a big deal at the time, especially for me since it meant I was the first female Funny Car driver to make a run in the three-second zone.

“Our team feels really good heading into this weekend’s race, but we know that we can’t take anything for granted. There will be 21 Funny Cars on the property, so it’ll be up to us to make sure we earn our spot in the Sunday field. We just need to keep our heads down and take it one run at a time, focus on qualifying and getting ourselves into a top-seeded position, and then we can worry about taking care of business on Sunday.”