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Kalitta Motorsports News

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Kalitta Motorsports, the defending 2015 NHRA Funny Car champions, preview the Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona. This is the first race of 24 in the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello NHRA season.

Worsham relishes opportunity to defend title

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, returns to Auto Club Raceway for the first time a Funny Car Champion. One of just three drivers to claim a title in both nitro classes, Worsham looks forward to the chance to defend his championship.

His 2015 run to the title was like none other before him. Worsham earned victories in four of the six Countdown for the Championship events, a first for the Funny Car class. In addition, Worsham and his DHL ‘Yella Fellas’ are the only team to run four consecutive three-second passes on raceday. They achieved that distinction in their second of back-to-back wins to start their title surge in St. Louis.

At the last race in Pomona, Worsham ran well throughout qualifying. He once-again reset his career-best elapsed time and MPH in qualifying, running multiple laps below the 3.90 second range. Sunday came and the DHL team defeated their two closest pursuers for the title, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr., in the final two rounds to claim the championship and the event victory.

“It has been an incredible off season and we have enjoyed the chance to celebrate the title,” said Worsham. “However, even in celebration, my DHL Toyota guys were hard at work. I am excited for the opportunity to defend this title and look forward to racing in my backyard to start off the new season.”

His four late season victories moved him to 38 overall which places him into the top 20 of NHRA history, while the 30 wins in the Funny Car class puts him in a tie for seventh with one of Worsham’s childhood heroes, Kenny Bernstein.

While Worsham is a three-time Auto Club World Finals winner (2003, 2011, 2015), he is searching for his first Winternationals trophy at the track that is just 30 minutes from his home base. Twice he has come close: coming up just short in finals against John Force in 1993 and 2002. This race is definitely one that Worsham would like to cross off his list and show his competition that he is hungry to defend his title.

Kalitta ready to hit the career pinnacle

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, continued his career resurgence in 2015 and begins the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello season ready for more.

Kalitta, who is coming off his 18th straight top ten points finish, earned his most victories in one year since the 2006 season. The 2015 wins were special. Kalitta stopped Tony Schumacher in Houston to help NHRA start the Top Fuel season with six different drivers winning in the first six events. Next up, a dominant performance at Kalitta Motorsports’ home track in Norwalk, Ohio. Starting from the no.1 spot, Kalitta’s Mac Tools ride was consistent throughout race day and reached the winner’s circle after having to change the engine three times before the last pass during a quick live TV turn-around schedule. The final win of the season, Las Vegas’s fall event, saw Kalitta take the special Breast Cancer Awareness Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster to the finish line. That race was not without its struggles either as a Saturday morning chassis change yielded a bottom-half qualifying effort. Kalitta dug out of that early hole to become the lowest qualifier to win a Top Fuel race last season.

Often regarded as the best Top Fuel driver without a title on his resume, Kalitta has reeled off his best three-season run since the early 2000s with three straight top five points finishes. However, there is only one goal this season and that involves a speech at the championship banquet at the end of the season.

Kalitta’s team received an in-house chassis in the offseason and worked through the new parts at the inaugural Nitro Spring Training in Phoenix. In addition, the Mac Tools team experiences the addition of manufacturer support for the first time with backing from Toyota and Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

“I am excited to get this season started,” said Kalitta. “I think the Mac Tools team has everything in place for a great complete season. I am ready to get to Pomona and see what we have.”

Kalitta is the 2009 Circle K Winternationals winner and has earned the no.1 starting spot at this event four times, most recently in 2014.

Todd has fresh outlook for 2016

For J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, it would probably be easier to talk about what did not change versus what did.

Todd has a new co-crew chief in Rob Flynn. Flynn has tuned drivers to victories in four NHRA classes, and comes over from Dote Racing where he led Leah Pritchett to career-best numbers in the 2015 season.

Todd has a new primary sponsor in SealMaster. After running six different schemes in the 2015 season, Todd will have one for 2016 as Kalitta partner SealMaster jumps from two primary events to entire season in 2016.

He also has new manufacturer support with Toyota and several new crew members. However, even with all the changes, Todd is excited to have stability with Kalitta Motorsports. For the first time in his career, he will begin his third season with the same team.

Since joining Kalitta Motorsports in the 2014 season, Todd has achieved an average of a round win per race but with all of the changes and upgrades in the offseason he is looking for more. He is coming off a season where he earned another victory. The Seattle win completed a personal career Western Swing sweep, but the ninth place points finish was disappointing. The new season gives Todd and the SealMaster team a fresh start and they are ready to take advantage.

“Kalitta Motorsports has really put forth a ton of new resources in the off season to really strength my chances at the title, so to say I am thrilled to start the new season would be an understatement,” said Todd. “The new SealMaster machine looks sharp and fast, and with the Toyota and TRD support, I could not be more confident to head into the new season.”

Todd earned his fourth career victory and his first career points lead at this event in 2007. He is competing in his second Circle K Winternationals with Kalitta Motorsports.

DeJoria’s new look leads kicks off historic race

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, starts 2016 with a huge accomplishment.

DeJoria will earn begin her 100th race weekend in Pomona where she officially shows off her new look. Her first 99 starts, all with Kalitta Motorsports, have yielded three wins, including a coveted U.S. Nationals trophy and two consecutive Countdown for the Championship appearances. In 2015, DeJoria began the countdown in the tenth position and made a two spot improvement achieving her career high in Countdown round wins.

The 2014 Auto Club Finals no. 1 qualifier comes into Pomona looking for her first career Winternationals final round appearance. With family and friends making plans to attend this career weekend, this season’s race in Pomona could prove to be very special for DeJoria.

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (February 3, 2016) - Kalitta Motorsports is proud to announce a new partnership with Racing Electronics. Racing Electronics joins Kalitta Motorsports as an associate level partner for all four of Kalitta Motorsports’ championship-caliber NHRA teams.

Racing Electronics will provide two-way radio communication equipment and accessories for the Mac Tools and SealMaster Top Fuel dragsters driven by Doug Kalitta and J.R. Todd, in addition, to the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Del Worsham and the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry entry of Alexis DeJoria.

In 1989, Racing Electronics first established their in-car race communications products at the urging of many teams and have become the premier communications supplier for the NHRA, NASCAR and INDYCAR racing series.

“Being involved with NHRA for many years has allowed us the opportunity to develop and test our equipment in some of the harshest environments known to motorsports,” said Kevin Hughes, Director of Motorsports Communications Services, Racing Electronics. “It is truly an honor to now be associated with the Kalitta organization with regard to their legendary status in the industry. We are looking forward to a long term technical partnership, with many wins and championships to come!”

Kalitta Motorsports plans to utilize this new partnership not only to communicate solid lap times, but also to help lessen oil downs and drastic part failures.

“Communication with our drivers is extremely important, but we can use this new Racing Electronic system with so many other facets of our day,” said Jim Oberhofer, crew chief on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta and Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “We can communicate with our crew that is back in the pit area and with the drivers to let them know if we see problems that could cause oil downs. With the new era of live television on FOX, the less oil downs we can have the better the show is going to be for the fans.”

Kalitta Motorsports will put the Racing Equipment equipment to the test as it starts its chase for a Top Fuel and Funny Car title at the Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., February 12-14.

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (January 28, 2016)— Alexis DeJoria Racing is going back to its roots for the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season. Operating out of the Kalitta Motorsports camp, The Patrón Spirits Company-backed Toyota Camry Funny Car team will once again sport the iconic ‘Patrón green,’ as they return to the distiller’s signature Patrón Silver label in 2016.

Pilot of the 10,000-horsepower Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, Alexis DeJoria began her NHRA career in 2005 representing the ultra-premium spirits company’s Patrón Silver brand. Making her debut in a black and green Patrón Super Gas Corvette Roadster, Alexis turned heads in the recognizable color scheme as she progressed through the NHRA ranks, eventually making her highly anticipated Funny Car debut in 2011.

DeJoria’s race team became synonymous with the Tequila Patrón brand. After eight years in green, the team shocked the NHRA world by showing up to the 2014 season-opener in Pomona, California in purple and gold. The team represented the Patrón XO Cafe liqueur brand throughout the 2014 season until the final race of the year when they surprised fans yet again with a red, orange and yellow car emblazoned with Patrón’s latest incarnation, Patrón XO Cafe Incendio. While the Incendio brand was originally intended to be a one-race-only look, fan response was so positive that the new colors remained for the 2015 season.

As the Patrón team enters its fifth year of Funny Car racing, they will return to the quintessential green Patrón Silver scheme. 

“Alexis and the entire Patrón team were tremendous partners in helping us launch and generate excitement and awareness for the new Patrón XO Cafe Incendio. However, in 2016, we decided to return to the classic Tequila Patrón livery on Alexis’ Toyota Camry Funny Car for the 2016 season. Additionally, this more closely aligns Alexis DeJoria Racing with our global motorsports marketing platform, including our Tequila Patrón ESM Team, racing in the World Endurance Championship series,” said Lee Applbaum, Chief Marketing Officer at Patrón Spirits. “Though it can sometimes be difficult to see clearly at 300-mph, we couldn’t be more proud to fly our colors, and our iconic Patrón Silver bottle, on Alexis’ incredible 10,000-horsepower race car.”

Three-time Funny Car winner Alexis DeJoria couldn’t be more excited about the decision to return to the classic Tequila Patrón livery.

“We started our first season in Funny Car branded with Patrón Silver. I love the way the green and silver looks on the car, it’s incredibly sharp,” said DeJoria. “It makes sense to represent the company’s flagship spirit on our Toyota Camry. I think the fans will like it too- it’s very recognizable. Everybody knows that label. When you think of Patrón, you automatically think of the Patrón Silver bottle. Over the years, we’ve had a lot of fun with the other Patrón brands on our car, but I’m really happy to get back to our roots for year five.”

Alexis DeJoria and the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team take to the track on Friday, February 12th in Pomona, California for the first qualifying round of the NHRA season at the 56th annual Circle K NHRA WinterNationals. Fans can get a sneak preview of Team Patrón’s updated look at the NHRA Nitro Spring Training test session in Phoenix, Arizona, February 3-6. For more information, please visit www.alexisdejoria.com, Follow Us on Twitter, Instagram and Periscope @ADRnhra, or Like Us on Facebook Alexis DeJoria  

About Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria, daughter of John Paul DeJoria, co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems and proud owner of The Patrón Spirits Company, is a professional race car driver, competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Alexis drives the Tequila Patrón-sponsored 2016 Toyota Camry for the Kalitta Motorsports team. Alexis, who had all the opportunity in the world to pursue any type of career, felt strongly about following her passion, and her 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 sport of drag racing.

About Tequila Patrón

From hand-harvesting the highest-quality 100-percent Weber Blue Agave, to the traditional, time-honored distillation process and individual labeling, number, and inspection of each bottle, Patrón tequila is crafted with meticulous precision and care. Though Patrón has grown to become one of the most-recognized and respected luxury spirits brands in the world, it is still exclusively produced in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, in the same small batches and with the same commitment to quality and craftsmanship. For more information about Patrón tequilas and liqueurs, please visit www.patrontequila.com.

SealMaster Dragster

YPSILANTI, Mich., (January 13, 2016) Kalitta Motorsports and SealMaster are pleased to announce a major expansion of their partnership. SealMaster will become the primary sponsor of the Top Fuel dragster driven by J.R. Todd for the entire NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

SealMaster will also have a role in the remainder of the Team Kalitta’s entries as they return to sponsor Doug Kalitta’s Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster for the third season, while adding 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car Champion Del Worsham’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car and Alexis DeJoria’s Patrón backed Toyota Camry Funny Car to their sponsorship portfolio.

GN1 3697-1“First, I cannot thank SealMaster and all of their franchisees enough for stepping up in a big way and sponsoring the entire season on my car,” said Todd. “Over the past two years, having SealMaster as an associate partner, I’ve met a lot of their franchise owners and customers and I could not be more thrilled to be the driver to represent them in NHRA action. This announcement makes me even more excited for the new season. I know we are going to take the SealMaster machine to the winner’s circle many times this year.”

SealMaster franchisees manufacture pavement sealer and distribute a full line of pavement maintenance products and equipment throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico. Franchisees serve contractors, public and private road maintenance departments, property managers and others charged with pavement maintenance and preservation. The company’s products and equipment are sold in every state where the NHRA Mello Yello Series races, and SealMaster franchisees and customers have enjoyed Kalitta Motorsports hospitality and winning tradition since 2014.

“After having top-notch experiences with Kalitta Motorsports, the NHRA and their fans for the past two years, we decided to take our partnership to a more prominent level 2016,” says Rick Simon, director of franchise operations. “J.R. Todd is a great driver and a stand-up guy. He represented us in a SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster in Norwalk and Denver last year and the exposure our brand received for both events was quite eye-opening,” he adds. “Our involvement with Kalitta Motorsports and the NHRA gives us a great national platform to share who we are and what we do: We’re the one-stop source for pavement maintenance products and equipment,” Simon adds.

“SealMaster has the same values as Team Kalitta,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “The growth of this program has been amazing, and we are excited to welcome even more SealMaster franchisees to the race track each week.”

SealMaster will also continue its partnership with the NHRA as is sponsors the SealMaster Track Walk every race weekend. Fans will have the opportunity to meet Team Kalitta personalities all season as they walk the surface they will race on just hours before the race action. In addition, SealMaster’s popular display dragster, the SealMonster, will also make several appearances during the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Season.

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About SealMaster:

SealMaster, the One-Stop Source for pavement maintenance products and equipment, is the world’s leading manufacturer of pavement sealer with more than 100 locations in the United States, including Puerto Rico; licensed distributors in Canada, China, Israel, Mexico, Sweden and the United Kingdom; and distribution in more than 50 countries. Pavement maintenance professionals, property managers and owners, municipalities and others charged with pavement maintenance use SealMaster products and equipment to protect, preserve and beautify asphalt and concrete pavement.

About Kalitta Motorsports:

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with six world championships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

Team Kalitta is the home of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car World Champions, Del Worsham. He drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car. J.R. Todd drives the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster while Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nick Boninfante on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, Rob Flynn on the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster and Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster.

Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include AutoDesk CAM, Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Mac Tools, Optima Batteries, Patrón XO Café Incendio, Phoenix Fuel Converter, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, TMS Titanium, Toyota and Ziebart.

YPSILANTI, Mich., (December 16, 2015) - Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce the expansion of their relationship with Toyota.

In addition to teaming with the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Del Worsham and the Patrón backed Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria, Toyota will increase their involvement to the Team Kalitta Top Fuel dragster entries: the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta and the Top Fuel dragster driven by J.R. Todd, whose sponsorship will be announced in January. All four Team Kalitta entries will work with Toyota Racing Development (TRD) for technical support.

“After winning the NHRA Funny Car World Championship in 2015 with Del Worsham and Kalitta Motorsports, we look forward to extending our long-term relationship to also include both of the team’s Top Fuel cars for the 2016 season,” said Paul Doleshal, Toyota Motorsports Marketing Manager.

Jim Oberhofer, crew chief on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster and Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports, echoed those sentiments.

“We are proud to be representing Toyota with all four of our Kalitta Motorsports teams,” said Oberhofer. “We look forward to working with everyone at TRD as we have seen the positive difference they’ve made with our Funny Car program in helping make Del a world champion and Alexis a championship contender.”

Kalitta Motorsports was one of Toyota’s first partners in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. In 2006, Scott Kalitta drove a DHL Toyota Camry Solara in his return to Funny Car racing. Since then, Kalitta Motorsports has delivered ten victories and the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car Championship for Toyota. That Funny Car championship helped Toyota earn their first ever sweep of the nitro championships in NHRA action.

Toyota’s Top Fuel teams have been the best among the NHRA Top Fuel class for the past several seasons. Since 2010, Toyota has claimed five of six world championships. Last season, Toyota drivers earned wins in 15 of 24 events and earned nearly half of the no.1 qualifiers in the Top Fuel class. Toyota invests in motorsports across the globe and has seen success throughout their NASCAR, Supercross and USAC efforts as well.

Rob FlynnYPSILANTI, Mich., (December 01, 2015) - Coming off the team’s highly lucrative 2015 season, Team Kalitta takes a step to ensure that success continues. Effective immediately, Rob Flynn has returned to the Ypsilanti, Michigan shop and will partner with the Hall of Fame driver, tuner and team owner Connie Kalitta to be the co-crew chief on the Top Fuel dragster driven by J.R. Todd.

Flynn spent time working for both Scott and Connie Kalitta in the 1987 and 1988 NHRA seasons before embarking on an outstanding and long-running NHRA career. In the early 2000s, Flynn was a part of the team fielded by current Kalitta driver Del Worsham and most recently worked at Bob Vandergriff Racing and Don Schumacher Racing. Since late 2014, he has been employed by Dote Racing, which recently announced their hiatus from NHRA action. He led driver Leah Pritchett to her career-best season in 2015 and first ever final round appearance.

“I am excited to return to Kalitta Motorsports and be able to work alongside Connie Kalitta,” said Flynn. “J.R. is an excellent driver and I look forward to an outstanding season.”

This will be the second time that Flynn and Todd have teamed together. In 2010, Flynn was the crew chief on the Al-Anabi Racing Pro-Mod that Todd drove in Qatar.

“Team Kalitta continues to make moves to improve my chances at winning races and the championship. I am excited about the opportunity to work with Rob again,” said Todd.

2016 will be the third season for Todd at Kalitta Motorsports. Since joining Team Kalitta, he has earned two victories and 45 round wins, while making the Countdown for the Championship in both seasons. Todd earned his career-best championship finish, a runner-up, in 2014.

The remainder of the Kalitta Motorsports’ four-car roster will remain under the same leadership. Championship winning co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nicky Boninfante will continue to guide the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Del Worsham, while Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar will lead Alexis DeJoria and her Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car. Jim Oberhofer will continue in his role as crew chief for the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster driven by Doug Kalitta.

“I am excited to have Rob working with us here at Kalitta Motorsports,” said Jim Oberhofer, who also is the Vice President of Operations for Team Kalitta. “When I first came to Kalitta’s, Rob worked here and was an early mentor of mine. Not only is he going to add to make J.R.’s team more solid but he will add in making Kalitta Motorsports better as a whole.”

A new crew chief is not the only thing that Todd will welcome to the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Series season. An announcement regarding sponsorship of Todd’s Top Fuel dragster for the entire season will be made in the near future.

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YPSILANTI, Mich. (November 30, 2015) - 2015 was a memorable and record-breaking season for Team Kalitta.

The 2015 Mello Yello Drag Racing Season yielded eight wins, which ties for the most wins ever in one year for Team Kalitta, matching the 1994 and 2005 seasons. Kalitta Motorsports’ 15 wins in the last two seasons is the team’s best two season run in our more than six decades. For just the second time in team history, Team Kalitta had victories in five of the last six events of the season and take a three-race winning streak into 2016.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, helped Kalitta Motorsports add to those successful stats while resetting many more records.

Driving the car with the late Scott Kalitta’s name, Worsham drove Kalitta Motorsports to their first Funny Car championship and sixth overall. It was the first since Scott Kalitta drove to back-to-back Top Fuel titles in the 1994 and 1995 seasons. It was also Team Kalitta’s first top five points finish in the Funny Car class. Worsham and his teammate, Alexis DeJoria, came close in the previous season, finishing sixth and seventh.

Worsham is now one of three drivers to own Top Fuel and Funny Car titles, following Kenny Bernstein and Gary Scelzi. He is the first Funny Car driver with four wins in the Countdown for the Championship in one season. He now owns 30 career Funny Car wins which ties him with Bernstein for seventh all-time. His 38 overall victories ties him with his teammate, Doug Kalitta, and ranks them both among the top 20 all-time.

Worsham also earned his 500th round win earlier this season in Chicago. He now has 522 round wins, which rank among the top 15 all-time. He had an incredible 18-2 round winning streak in the Countdown, winning 90% of his rounds. His 20 round wins in the last seven races accounted for half of his 39 round wins on the season, which are the most for him in a Funny Car season since 2004.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, had his first three-win season since 2006 as he picked up victories in Houston, Norwalk and the fall Las Vegas event. His Norwalk win was his first at the Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park.

Kalitta finished fifth in the standings, his third consecutive top five points finish. In his 18-year NHRA career, Kalitta has never finished outside of the top ten in the point standings, which is best among Top Fuel drivers.

He will go into the 2016 season with six round wins in the last two events. His 545 career round wins rank top-15 in NHRA history.

Kalitta, a former USAC Champion, ran his 400th career NHRA event this season and made his 81st career final round. Nearly 20% of Kalitta’s career events have ended up in the final round.

He also earned his 43rd career No. 1 qualifier, which moves him just one behind 14th all-time.

J.R. Todd, driver of the Optima Batteries/Red Line Oil/SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster, earned his second consecutive top-ten finish in his two seasons with Kalitta Motorsports.

In 45 career starts with Team Kalitta, he has 45 round wins. He earned his eighth career win in Seattle as he took Red Line Oil to the winner’s circle for the first time as a primary partner in their long-running NHRA sponsorship run.

The Seattle win completes Todd’s personal Western Swing sweep. He earned his first two career victories in Denver and Sonoma in 2006, while matching the Denver victory last season in his first win for Team Kalitta.

He earned his 100th career round win earlier this season in Bristol and added 12 more throughout the remainder of the season to have 112 for his career, while resetting his career best elapsed time in Brainerd and his career best MPH in Pomona.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, also earned back-to-back top ten points finishes for the first time in her career, while earning her first career final round at the Englishtown event.

She improved on her Countdown for the Championship performance by one round win on the season, and ranked as the top driver in the Funny Car class without a victory and outranked one driver with a victory.

DeJoria earned 10 three-second passes this season, including ending the season with two consecutive. She reset her career best MPH in Pomona by reaching over 325mph, and also earned a new career-best elapsed time in Brainerd.

She ended the season on a hot streak with round wins in five of the last six events, which was her best run on the season. DeJoria’s 100th career race will be at the 2016 season’s first event.

Overall Team Kalitta drivers completed the season with a 109-88 round win record with eight wins, 14 final round appearances and four no.1 qualifiers.

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