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11/09 2016

NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria to miss finals at Pomona DEJORIA TO MISS CHAMPIONSHIP FINALE WITH CONCUSSION AUTOWEEK

NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria to miss finals at Pomona

Jeff Arend will drive the Tequila Patron Toyota Camry at Pomona.PHOTO BY GARY NASTASE PHOTOGRAPHY

Alexis DeJoria’s 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is over, one race from the finish due to a concussion.
Jeff Arend will drive the Tequila Petron Toyota Camry this weekend at Pomona.
During the third round of qualifying at the most recent event, the NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, DeJoria experienced a series of mechanical malfunctions that caused her Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry to make contact with the left retaining wall. DeJoria’s head whipped hard into the left roll cage head pad as a result of the collision. The next morning, she was suffering with concussion-like symptoms.
Upon returning to her home in Austin, Texas, DeJoria was evaluated by medical professionals at Texas Sport and Family Medicine and was diagnosed with a concussion. DeJoria’s treating physicians ruled her out of the final event of the 2016 season this weekend (Nov. 10-13) at Pomona, California.
“I underwent a series of cognitive tests and the doctors diagnosed me with a full-blown concussion that required me to step away from the seat for the time being,” said DeJoria, who earlier this season missed two other races due to a fractured pelvis, also caused by a side-impact crash.
“It takes two weeks for these symptoms to subside and even then, because of the trauma from the concussion, it would be unsafe for me to race this weekend. To go out and get behind the wheel of a 10,000-horsepower race car with its high g-forces and the possibility of tire shake, would just be too traumatic for my head in its sensitive state. I’ve never been a quitter and never will be, but I must accept my fate and sit this last race out.
“It’s going to be hard for me not to be there but I’m thinking long-term. I need to get myself healthy and focus on coming back strong next year.”
Arend and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team will begin qualifying for the 52nd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals on November 11.
DeJoria will finish 10th in the final Funny Car standings.