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DeJoria To Miss Northwest Nationals

| , RacinToday.com Friday, August 5 2016
Alexis DeJoria will miss this weekend's NHRA event in Washington state.

Alexis DeJoria will miss this weekend’s NHRA event in Washington state.

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Injured NHRA Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria will sit out the NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle, Washington this weekend.

 

Last weekend at Sonoma Raceway, DeJoria was involved in an accident when her Toyota Camry lost traction and made a sudden violent left turn, colliding with the retaining wall in her lane. The impact caused a high-energy fracture to the left side of her pelvis – more specifically, her left iliac wing.

“I’ve experienced different types of crashes in my race car- from going off the end of the track, to blowing up, to scrapes with the wall, but this one was different,” DeJoria said of the incident, which occurred during the first round of eliminations at the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals.

“I felt the car make a move to the right, I corrected it and then the car traversed laterally and smashed into the wall. All four wheels were sliding and no matter what I did with the steering wheel, it wasn’t responding to any of my movements.”

“I knew right away I had hurt my back. All I wanted to do was get the car stopped. Once I had it safely stopped, I pushed myself out of the car, and as soon as my feet touched the ground, I felt pain shoot straight into lower my back.”

“My adrenaline was rushing. When these things happen, I tend to get angry. I’m a very competitive person. I never want to go out like that, obviously. My number one concern is always to keep myself safe, as well as the driver in the other lane. There were a lot of emotions when this happened, but I was very grateful that it wasn’t worse.”

While surgery was not required, DeJoria currently suffers from extreme pain and has been left temporarily immobile, unable to race.

 

DeJoria, who has already won one event in 2016, sits in 10th with 765 points. Playoff hopefuls Chad Head and Cruz Pedregon sit in 11th and 12th, with a 150-point margin between DeJoria and Head. 198 points separate DeJoria and Pedregon. With just three races left until NHRA’s Countdown contenders are locked into the top ten, DeJoria needs to get back on the track. She has her sights are set on returning at the NHRA Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota.

“The goal right now is Brainerd. I’m going to do everything I possibly can to heal properly. I’m on bedrest for the time being, and then I start physical therapy on Monday [Aug. 8th]. I want to get back in the car and need to get back in the car as quickly as possible. I’m a fighter. The cutoff to qualify for the Countdown is coming up and we need to secure our position.”

“I realize that at this moment I have to rest in order to better the healing process, but it’s hard for someone like me to be stagnant. I’ve never missed a race in my NHRA Funny Car career thus far. However painful it will be to have to watch the NHRA Northwest Nationals from my bed, rather than be there at the track, I’ll be cheering on my Kalitta Motorsports teammates.”

| , RacinToday.com Friday, August 5 2016
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  • Kevin Coolidge says:

    Alexis,
    We miss seeing you at the races, this sport needs you, but more important it needs you healthy first. Hang in there, get healthy, then come back and show them how it’s done. Looking forward to seeing you race again.