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2014 NHRA: Quickest Female in Funny Car Out Early on Sunday
Posted by: newsla on Feb 10, 2014 - 09:16 AM
2014 NHRA: Quickest Female in Funny Car Out Early on Sunday

After making history on Saturday afternoon for becoming the first woman ever to cross the ‘under four seconds’ threshold in Funny Car, one of NHRA’s four elite classes, driver Alexis DeJoria went into round one of eliminations of the 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals on Sunday morning armed with an extra boost of confidence.


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With her record breaking 3.997-second run from Q3, the No. three qualified Kalitta Motorsports Patrón XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car team had lance choice over No. 14 qualifier Gary Densham in round one. As the fifth pair up to run, the black, purple, and gold team chose the left lane. Both cars had trouble almost immediately off the line, and both drivers quickly reacted by pedaling the car down the 1,000-foot stretch. Unfortunately, Densham edged past DeJoria and was able to set off the win lights first, ending DeJoria’s day and banner weekend.

“Despite going out in the first round today, I’m happy with the progress our team has made,” said DeJoria, a third year Funny Car driver who calls Austin, Texas her home. “We qualified third, which is our highest qualifying position yet, so I’m really happy about that. We made our first three second run, I get to forever claim the title of ‘first woman to make a three-second pass in Funny Car,’ and we finally got to race our brand new Patrón XO Cafe Toyota Camry for the very first time. Unfortunately, things didn’t play out the way we had hoped this morning. We felt confident we were going to win that first round, but you just never know. Drag racing is a very humbling sport. Anything can happen. I tried to pedal it, but my car just wouldn’t hook up right and I saw Densham go past me. That was it for us today. On to the next, we’ll get ‘em in Phoenix.”

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