Drag racer Alexis DeJoria has become a serious contender in funny car

In the final drag race to decide the funny car winner at last year’s NHRA event in Phoenix, Alexis DeJoria — looking for her first career victory — lined up against Robert Hight, a former champion.

DeJoria won and, for good measure, again bested Hight in Las Vegas a month later to earn her second victory.

Naturally, she was euphoric and Hight was not. “She had my number there for a while,” Hight said.

But neither was surprised. “When you see somebody work that hard and want to do it that badly, they’re going to succeed,” Hight said of DeJoria. And DeJoria said her wins were “just a matter of time.” Read More