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NHRA: DeJoria to retire from racing at end of season

Alexis DeJoria announced Monday she will retire from NHRA competition at the end of this season to spend more time with family. DeJoria called her decision to retire "one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make and I will miss everyone so ...

Sep 24, 2017; Mohnton, PA, USA; NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria during the Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2017; Mohnton, PA, USA; NHRA funny car driver Alexis DeJoria during the Dodge Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Alexis DeJoria announced Monday she will retire from NHRA competition at the end of this season to spend more time with family.
DeJoria called her decision to retire "one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make and I will miss everyone so much. My reasoning behind this decision is simple-it's time for me to switch my focus toward my family."

The 40-year-old DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry, is ranked 11th in the Mello Yello Funny Car standings while driving for Kalitta Motorsports. She has five career wins, including a victory in August at the Lucas Oil Nationals at Brainerd International Raceway.

DeJoria began her NHRA career in 2005, working her way up the ranks in the Super Gas, Super Comp and Top Alcohol Funny Car categories before making her professional debut at the Texas NHRA FallNationals in September 2011.

In her six-year Funny Car career, she has earned five event wins (including the prestigious U.S. Nationals), four No. 1 qualifiers, and eight final-round appearances. Among her many achievements, DeJoria was the first female Funny Car pilot to break the four-second barrier and the first woman to compete in 100 Funny Car events.

Prior to competing in the professional Funny Car category, DeJoria found success throughout each level of her Sportsman career, winning the SPORTSnationals in Super Comp within the first eight months of her NHRA debut. In the Top Alcohol Funny Car category, DeJoria won a divisional and a national event, becoming the second woman in history to earn a national TAFC event title.

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DeJoria and the Kalitta team will compete in the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex Friday through Sunday. The NHRA season ends Nov. 8-11 at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.

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