Fast cars? Check. Beautiful girls? Check. Tequila? Check. A beautiful girl who drives really fast cars for a living whose family owns Patrόn? You’re not dreaming. Hold on to your hats fellas and keep your hands inside the ride.
Meet Alexis DeJoria, daughter of the famed John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and proud owner of Tequila Patrόn. She’s a professional NHRA race car driver, competing in the Nitro Funny Car class on the Kalitta Motorsports team. She is their second Nitro Funny Car driver and fourth member of the team. Alexis drives a Tequila Patrόn-sponsored 2012 Toyota Camry. Alexis, who had all the opportunity in the world to pursue any type of career, felt strongly about following her passion. She is proud to encourage and inspire young women to go after their dreams. Alexis’ need for adrenaline drove her to pursue the unlikely profession of auto-racing. The determination to “blaze her own trail” continues to drive her and push her to higher levels in the dangerous, male dominated sport of drag racing. She slowed down for a few seconds to chat exclusively with Man Cave Daily.
Man Cave Daily: You must get a lot of raised eyebrows when you tell people what you do for a living. What’s the typical reaction?
Alexis: People always wonder having the background that I do, why I would chose racing, drag racing in particular, as my profession.
Man Cave Daily: What was the draw to racecar driving?
Alexis: Growing up, I loved fast cars. My dad had some fast cars. My first car was a GMC Typhoon and my friends and I used to race on a “non professional” level and I had some friends in high school that built hot rods and that’s basically how it started.
Man Cave Daily: Coming from a famous family, what was their reaction when you said you were going to pursue this professionally?
Alexis: They weren’t completely surprised considering I have always been the daredevil of the family. They were a little fearful, but when they saw how determined I was and how passionate I was about the sport, they had complete confidence in me.
Man Cave Daily: What is the biggest misconception people have of you?
Alexis: If people perceive me as someone who is out for fame, that is completely wrong. I am here to win and am a serious racer. Obviously people think I am daddy’s little rich girl, but bottom line is money can’t buy you a win…yeah, you get good parts and can team up with excellent people, but you still have to have skills to get the car down the track, and work with your team and fans. I wasn’t raised with a silver spoon in my mouth. Things were different when I was growing up and my father instilled good work ethics in all of his children.
Man Cave Daily: Impressive!
Alexis: Yeah, I could be sitting on a beach somewhere soaking up the sun, but that is something I don’t want to do. I don’t feel that it is gratifying and it’s definitely not something that I would want to show as a possible role model. I have a daughter of my own and I want to be a good role model for her…and racing is a blast! Who wouldn’t want to go over 300 mph in four seconds?
Man Cave Daily: Obviously speed is not a factor for you but what is it that you do fear?
Alexis: Losing on a hole shot is pretty horrible…and deathly afraid of dark deep oceans…Maybe I was killed by a shark in a previous life haha…
Man Cave Daily: Random fact about you. Go!
Alexis: I have 16 tattoos.
Man Cave Daily: So how can we stalk you—I mean, see you in action?
Alexis: I am racing full-time in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series, which airs on either ESPN or ESPN 2 Saturday and Sunday during race weekends. You can follow me on twitter at @ADR_Nitro771 or Facebook (Alexis DeJoria) and AlexisDeJoria.com
Janene Mascarella is a lifestyle writer whose work has appeared in The Washington Post, CNNMoney, American Way, Self, Glamour, Cooking Light, Women’s Health, Woman’s Day, Bella, Mint.com, Currency, Parenting, Parents, Family Circle, American Baby, AOL Travel, and iVillage. Visit her website or follow her on Twitter @MrsWrite.
Janene’s previous Girl Crush was Up & Comer: Funnywoman Sofia Gonzalez. –>