CONCORD, N.C. — NHRA Funny Car regular Alexis DeJoria has withdrawn from this weekend’s eighth annual NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway.
DeJoria is stepping out of the Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car due to an undisclosed family matter, however, the team will still compete during eliminations with driver Chad Head.
Head, the Kalitta Motorsports Director of Safety and an established Funny Car driver in his own right, will attempt to make his 84th career national event start in Charlotte this weekend.
With 19 entries on the qualifying list, Head will have to qualify among the top 16 on the time ladder in order to race on Sunday afternoon.
DeJoria came into this weekend’s Charlotte race ranked 11th in the Funny Car standings, one spot out of the provisional Countdown to the Championship playoff roster.
This weekend’s absence marks the third time in the last year and a half that DeJoria has had to take time away from her Funny Car program. She missed multiple races because of two separate injuries, including a pelvic fracture in August and a concussion that kept her out of the season-ending Auto Club NHRA Finals in November.
Kalitta Motorsports and NHRA Communications contributed to this report.