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NHRA: Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria to once again offer free mammograms to female fans

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On the racetrack, Alexis DeJoria is fighting hard to earn her first NHRA Funny Car championship.

But off the track, DeJoria is just as passionate about fighting hard to raise awareness about breast cancer, which affects one-in-eight women, according to the American Cancer Society.

For the fourth consecutive year, Alexis DeJoria Racing and the team she races for, Kalitta Motorsports, along with corporate support from Toyota and Patrón Spirits Company, will offer free mammograms to female ticketholders 40 years of age and older attending upcoming NHRA races at Dallas (Oct. 13-16) and Las Vegas (Oct. 27-30).

gn1_1708“Breast cancer awareness is a subject very dear to our hearts,” said DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry. “Early detection is key, and being proactive is the best way to fight this.”

Several hundred women have already taken advantage of the free screening in the first three years – with several fans that underwent the testing ultimately being diagnosed and able to be treated for breast cancer.

“The last three years with this program have been incredible,” DeJoria said. “Alexis DeJoria Racing is committed to providing free mammograms as long as we are out on the race track. The outpouring of support for this program is astounding.”

Mobile mammography units known as “Mammovans,” provided by Baylor Health (in Texas) and Nevada Health Care Systems (in Las Vegas), will be on-site at both Texas Motorplex (in suburban Ennis) and The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to provide screening for female fans.

In addition, several teams across all levels of NHRA drag racing are expected to add the color pink to their cars or uniforms in a show of support for victims of breast cancer.

DeJoria said one of the major reasons women don’t have regular mammograms is due to the cost, but the screening that will take place in Dallas and Las Vegas will be absolutely free, regardless of an individual’s health insurance status.

DeJoria plans to spend time during the race weekends at the Mammovan sites to welcome and offer “support and share hugs with women whose nerves may be getting the best of them,” the media release noted.

“Don’t be shy, ladies,” encourages DeJoria. “We’ll all be out there supporting each other. We have a great group of women that come out and operate the Mammovans.”

Mammograms will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No appointment is necessary and insurance or referrals are not needed.

So if your mother/sister/wife or daughter plan to attend either race, DeJoria encourages them to stop by to be screened.

“Each year, we work hard to put the word out about this program and the impact has grown every year,” DeJoria said. “The more people that find out about it, the better.”

For more information, visit AlexisDeJoria.com or visit her Twitter site @ADRnhra

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NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.