Alexis DeJoria: Rocket Woman (and #WCW)
In mid-August we spent a day at Dragstrip racing. It was incredibly loud and to be honest, incredibly scary. The drivers are in a car with legit fire behind them, going so fast that parachutes have to shoot out to stop them. Anyone who can strap themselves into those cars, is afraid of nothing.
This week we’re celebrating Alexis DeJoria, an NHRA Funny Car driver who is retiring at the end of this season. She’s been driving in NHRA since 2005. During her rookie year, she won the Sportsman Nationals in Fontana, California. She’s continued on to win the NHRA Northwest Fall Nationals (2011), the Texas Fall Nationals (2011), and the US Nationals (2014). She also became the first woman to make a sub-four second run (2014) and continued on to break the sub-four second run again in 2014, breaking the track record at Brainerd International Raceway’s Funny Car record…twice in the same day. That’s right, she went out and did a 4.010 second run, decided that wasn’t good enough and then went out and did a 3.998 second run.
What’s even more impressive then her kicking ass on the drag strip is that she built her own racing team — Stealth Motorsports (it’s no defunct). Hard enough for anyone, double hard for a woman. She’s also the first female to compete in 100 Funny Car Events, and only one of two women competing in the NHRA Funny Car Category. Oh, she’s also the only driver to have a win in Super Comp, Top Alcohol Funny Car, and Funny Car class.
She’s brave enough to strap herself into a legit rocket ship. She’s won all sorts of awards. She’s had her own racing team. She’s pushing the idea of breast cancer prevention by providing mammograms at NHRA events in October. She has some kick-ass tattoos. She’s totally deserving of #WomanCrushWednesday .