Quarterfinal Finish for Alexis DeJoria in Ohio

Alexis Sunday

NORWALK, Ohio (June 26, 2022) – Alexis DeJoria qualified the Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota GR Supra Funny Car sixth for the NHRA Norwalk Nationals and had the advantage of lane choice over Paul Lee, her first-round challenger on race day. She took her machine straight down the groove in 3.952 seconds to advance to round two. The quarterfinals pitted the six-time Funny Car winner against Robert Hight. Against Hight, DeJoria charged hard to the finish line but her machine started to lose traction near halftrack and she slowed to a 4.651 E.T. while her opponent made a clean pass for the win in the opposite lane.

“We made three good passes in qualifying,” said DeJoria of her team’s impressive performance on Friday and Saturday. “Big thanks to the Bader family who was very accommodating in making sure the nitro classes had the opportunity to make four qualifying runs this weekend. Having that fourth run is important in helping us to gain as much run data as possible.

“Our DC Motorsports team got past the first round today for the third event in a row. We were quick off the line in round two but smoked the tires downtrack and that was the end of our day. We’re going to go home, and regroup and recharge before it’s time to head to Denver. I’m going to hit my (reaction time) simulator hard, and we’ll be ready to get back after it on the Western Swing.”

Alexis DeJoria and the Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota Funny Car team close out the Norwalk, Ohio event ranked eighth on the Funny Car leaderboard. 
Qualified: No. 6 (3.932 E.T. at 331.12 MPH)
Elimination Round Results:
E1: 3.952 E.T. at 325.85 MPH defeated Paul Lee 6.865 E.T. at 94.39 MPH
E2: 4.651 E.T. at 175.71 MPH defeated by Robert Hight 3.997 E.T. at 311.92 MPH