SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Alexis DeJoria is coming out of retirement to compete full-time in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2020.
DeJoria retired following the 2017 season, but will return to the NHRA’s Funny Car class beginning with the 2020 NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.
DeJoria made her NHRA debut at the 2011 Texas NHRA FallNationals and went on to win five races, including the 2014 NHRA U.S. Nationalss, before hanging up her helmet at the conclusion of the 2017 season.
“I honestly knew deep down when I made the announcement to retire at the end of the 2017 NHRA season that it was going to be sort of an open-ended retirement,” said DeJoria.
“I’m beyond excited to get back out there. I’ve been blessed spending time with my family these past two years off. This was a decision I made with their support, and we are all looking forward to my return to the driver’s seat.”
Leading DeJoria’s latest venture into drag racing will be Nicky Boninfante and Del Worsham. The trio has teamed up to form an independent team with Boninfante and Worsham serving as co-crew chiefs on DeJoria’s Funny Car.
DeJoria’s history with Boninfante and Worsham extends back nearly a decade. Worsham signed off on DeJoria’s Funny Car paperwork when she licensed in his car in 2010 before taking the lead as her crew chief during her rookie season in 2012. Boninfante worked alongside DeJoria during her tenure at Kalitta Motorsports before taking over the tuning duties on her car in 2017.
“I now have this incredible opportunity to build a team with two of the people who were by my side when I started my nitro Funny Car career,” said DeJoria, whose ultimate goal is to become the first female Funny Car world champion.
“Del is my mentor and the person whose car I licensed with in the first place, and Nicky was one of the first people at Kalitta who I talked to when I made the transition from Top Alcohol Funny Car to nitro Funny Car. Del and Nicky, they’re the ‘dream team’ for me, and I’m eager to embark on this new adventure with them.”
DeJoria’s partners, including her primary sponsor, will be announced at a later date.