YPSILANTI, Mich., (May 05, 2015) Kalitta Motorsports is excited to welcome MAD Creative Concepts to the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series as a sponsor. MAD, celebrating their tenth year of excellent work in the custom graphics and design fields, will take their logo to new speeds as the primary partner on J.R. Todd’s Top Fuel Dragster for the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Chicago this July.
Based not far from Kalitta Motorsports headquarters in Ypsilanti, Mich., MAD Creative Concepts, named for president and CEO Michael Drozdowski, was founded in January 2005. MAD has partnered with Kalitta Motorsports for several seasons making Team Kalitta look sharp at the race track with their custom graphics and signage, vehicle, dragster and hauler decal wrapping and marketing materials.
“Having worked with Kalitta Motorsports for several seasons, MAD Creative Concepts is thrilled to be able to expand the partnership,” said Drozdowski. “We are excited to utilize this placement to meet the fans in the Chicago market and show what MAD Creative Concepts can do for them.”
Todd, coming off a runner-up finish in the 2014 NHRA Top Fuel Dragster point standings, has earned a class-best five no. 1 qualifiers in the past twelve events. Last season, in his first race in Chicago since 2009, Todd earned a semi-final finish.
“It is always neat to be the first driver to run a sponsor’s logo at the race track,” said Todd, driver of the MAD Creative Concepts Top Fuel Dragster. “Even better, I am already familiar with MAD’s work and I have experienced the quality of it. I have seen some of the concepts behind the wrap, and I am sure it will be a fan favorite.”
Fans will have the opportunity to be a part of MAD Creative Concepts’s first foray into motorsports sponsorship. Two crew shirt designs have been submitted and MAD Creative Concepts wants the fans to decide the final design. There are two ways to vote: vote on the poll at www.teamkalitta.com/contest and go to MAD Creative Concepts’ Facebook page www.facebook.com/MADCreativeConcepts and share the picture of your favorite design. One fan that votes and enters their email on the poll will win an inaugural MAD Creative Concepts crew shirt. Voting begins today, May 5th, and ends Tuesday, May 26th.
“MAD Creative Concepts has worked tirelessly behind the scenes for Kalitta Motorsports for many seasons,” said Jim Oberhofer, vice president of operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “I am glad the spotlight is going to be shown on them. Our fans have shown time and again that they support the companies that help Team Kalitta, so I know they will get behind MAD Creative Concepts and this great team of people.”
(April 30, 2015) Last year, when SealMaster® became a National Hot Rod Association® (NHRA) Mello Yello Series marketing partner for the first time, the franchise system fully embraced the affiliation by commissioning the fabrication of a scaled-down Top Fuel dragster. Known as the “SealMonster,” the dragster pays tribute to the thousands upon thousands of pavement maintenance professionals who work as sealcoating contractors, municipal employees and others charged with maintaining pavement. It will make its first appearance of 2015 in the display area at the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta.
SealMaster commissioned ThorSport Racing employee Doug “Buzz” Jones to build the “SealMonster”. Buzz, a racing veteran who has built chassis for NASCAR teams and all classes of National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Top Fuel competition, began by buying a slingshot dragster frame and cut 5 feet off the front end to scale it down for ease of transport and display. Then he tricked it out SealMaster style. He contained the 392 blown/injected hemi, nitro, 1900 horsepower engine in a replicated SealMaster tank. “There’s a huge motor in that tank and I had to make sure everything fit just right,” Buzz says.
While the dragster is a novelty for display purposes only, it’s doing its job raising awareness of the SealMaster brand and paying tribute to thousands upon thousands of sealcoaters coast to coast. “We work in a big industry,” says Rick Simon, SealMaster director of franchise operations. “The world doesn’t realize how many people work in pavement maintenance because we have so many independent contractors, along with all of the people who do this work as municipal employees.”
SealMaster, which manufactures and distributes pavement maintenance products and equipment through franchises coast to coast, bills the dragster as “the fastest sealcoating machine on the planet.” SealMaster products and equipment are sold in every state the 24 NHRA Mello Yello Series races take place,” according to SealMaster spokeswoman Debbie Hufford. “Beyond that,” she says, “NHRA drag racing has more fans in the construction trades than any other sport, so we’re connecting with people in our industry on a whole new level and it’s being very well received.”
Fans can see the “SealMonster” in the SealMaster display in future races in Atlanta, Norwalk and Pomona, with more races to be added. They will also be able to meet and receive autographs from SealMaster-backed drivers Doug Kalitta and J.R. Todd from Kalitta Motorsports. In addition to the display, SealMaster continues it backing of the SealMaster Track Walk which allows fans to walk the lanes before Sunday’s eliminations.
“Partnering with Kalitta Motorsports aligns SealMaster with one of the most respected and winning teams in the NHRA,” says Hufford. “Like SealMaster, Kalitta Motorsports has a legendary reputation for quality and innovation.”
HOUSTON, Texas (April 26, 2015) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, picked up his first win of the season today at Houston Raceway Park. Kalitta defeated Tony Schumacher in the final round to earn his 36th career win.
Kalitta qualified fourth and defeated Troy Buff and Larry Dixon in the first two rounds. Kalitta’s semi-final opponent was Spencer Massey. A warm tricky track meant both Massey and Kalitta went up in smoke. The driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster did a masterful job driving the machine to move to the finals.
He would face Tony Schumacher. Live television meant quick turn around times, but the Mac Tools team was up to the challenge. The entire Kalitta Motorsports family was on the line to watch the Mac Tools group. Schumacher took a chance on the tree, but was not able to defeat Jim Oberhofer’s tune-up as Kalitta’s 3.82 second run was able to defeat Schumacher’s 4.019 effort.
Kalitta moved past Don Garlits for sixth all-time and earned a spot in the coveted Traxxas Shootout.
“Jim Oberhofer and Troy Fasching made great calls,” said Kalitta. “I was looking for the win light and when I saw it that was all that matterred. Thrilled to pick up the victory for the Mac Tools group.”