This weekend, Alexis DeJoria will be bringing a new look to the track, running a Bandero Premium Tequila-branded Toyota Camry Funny Car as part of the TascaParts.com NHRA New England Nationals presented by Bandero Premium Tequila. DeJoria has family ties to the area surrounding New England Dragway, and the opportunity to get involved at the sponsorship level and run a specialty Funny Car was too good to pass up.
“New England Dragway and Epping hold a special place in my heart,” said DeJoria. “I love the race track and the passion the fans have for drag racing. For myself and my sister Michaeline, we are proud to pair up with NHRA and sponsor this event with our premium tequila company, Bandero Tequila. I have had a lot of success in Epping, and we want to keep that positive momentum moving forward.”
The team has qualified top three at four of the first five events of the season, and the strong qualifying streak actually extends well into last season. At the Charlotte NHRA Four-Wide Nationals, DeJoria had one of the quickest Funny Cars on race day, but a broken blower belt in the final quad relegated them to a semifinal finish. The veteran driver knows she has a race car that can win races, and the NHRA New England Nationals would be the perfect place for her first win of 2021.
“We know this team is ready for that first win of the season,” said DeJoria, a five-time nitro Funny Car national event winner. “We have been running great in qualifying and just need to string four runs together on race day. I am feeling more confident behind the wheel, and I know I have a great race car every time I roll up to the starting line. It would be cool to put this Bandero Premium Tequila Toyota in the winner’s circle at the Bandero Tequila national event.”
DeJoria has experience and success racing at New England Dragway. This weekend’s race will be her sixth appearance after a three-year break. In 2014, she raced to the final round as the No. 5 qualifier outrunning Tony Pedregon, Tommy Johnson Jr., and John Force before being edged out for the win by Ron Capps. The next season, she raced to the quarterfinals, taking out Capps in the first round. Her success rate at the New England Dragway can be tied to her strength in qualifying. She has never lost in the first round when she has qualified in the top half of the field.