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Kalitta Motorsports News

EPPING, N.H. (June 23, 2013) Round one of eliminations at the inaugural NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H. was the setting for an epic matchup between friends, and the only two female Funny Car drivers competing in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Alexis DeJoria and Courtney Force.

The two women, both in their sophomore seasons as professional drivers, are constantly pitted by the media as rivals, and while both are fierce competitors and hungry to be the best, they'€™re close friends both on track and off.

Prior to the New England Nationals, the two have met in eliminations only once this year, with DeJoria, pilot of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car coming away the victor, (Rd. 1, NHRA Spring Nationals, Baytown, Texas). In their second 2013 matchup at the New England Dragway on Sunday, No. 14 qualifier DeJoria did not fare as well against No. 3 qualifier Force, running a 4.295-second pass to Force’s 4.128.

Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry

The Results:

Q1: 4.236 ET at 297.75 MPH

Q2:4.229 ET at 294.37 MPH

Q3: 4.526 ET at 196.42 MPH

Q4: 4.288 ET at 267.11 MPH

The Competition:

No. 14 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 3 Courtney Force

*DeJoria is 1-0 over C. Force in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

Quotables:

Alexis DeJoria, Driver

“It’s great to be in Epping. I have my whole family out here this weekend and I’m really excited to have their support.”

“Qualifying has been somewhat tricky for us. We’ve been running consistent 4.20’s [seconds, elapsed time], which isn’t as fast as we would like. There are some bumps in the left lane but at least we’re getting down the track. Anything can happen tomorrow. We’re in the show and that’s all that matters. You can win from any qualifying position.”

Tommy DeLago, Crew Chief

“We had a gremlin in the car last night which really hurt our qualifying position, unfortunately. It’s important to run a good e.t. in that Friday night run, so it was disappointing that we couldn’t. I think we could’ve run somewhere between a 10-12 [4.10-12, seconds, e.t.] which would have possibly made for an easier first round tomorrow. But, we’re professionals, and we’ll do what we have to do. We race Courtney first round. They’re a competitive team, but sometimes to be the best you’ve got to beat the best. We’ll go out there tomorrow and take our best shot. Every Sunday that we go out and race, I believe that we can win. We’ll evaluate all of our valuable information, go out there tomorrow, and kick butt.”

Team Kalitta Epping Qualifying Report; Kalitta Claims Fourth No. 1 Qualifier of Season THE RESULTS:

 
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 4.273 seconds, 198.23 mph
Q2: 3.795 seconds, 323.97 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q3: 3.996 seconds, 293.09 mph
Q4: 4.249 seconds, 202.39 mph
 
Qualifies: 1st – Kalitta grabs the No. 1 qualifying position for the fourth time in the first 11 events of the 2013 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. It marks the 35th time Kalitta will start from the top spot in his 16-year Top Fuel career.
 
David Grubnic – Driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 4.537 seconds, 171.86 mph
Q2: 3.817 seconds, 321.96 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q3: 3.849 seconds, 318.02 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q4: 7.400 seconds, 75.56 mph

tammy o-1EPPING, N.H. (June 20, 2013) – Team Kalitta will be competing this weekend in Epping, N.H. at the Inaugural NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway with much more on their minds than the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

This week the team led by Conrad “Connie” Kalitta lost a dear family member, Tammy “O” Oberhofer. Tammy succumbed to cancer June 18, 2013 after fiercely battling the disease for over a year.

Tammy, husband Jim “O”, and daughter Ashley have been an integral part of the Kalitta Motorsports family for 30 years. Tammy, first serving as the team’s public relations representative and most recently as the team’s office manager, will be dearly missed but her remarkable spirit will remain with us forever.

Doug Kalitta – “My sincere condolences go out to Jim-O, Ashley and their families for their loss.  Tammy, hands down, has been the driving force of making things happen behind the scenes at Kalitta Motorsports. Her passion towards her family and work was second to none, and I believe we had to hire at least three people to cover the work load she did over the years by herself.  I personally will miss her smiling face and that can-do-make-it-happen attitude she displayed in everything she did.”

David Grubnic –“This weekend Kalitta Motorsports we will be racing with heavy hearts as we have lost one of our greatest supporters in Tammy Oberhofer. Tammy recently lost her battle with cancer and she will be dearly missed. Tammy was without question one of the kindest people that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and was always supportive towards our team’s goals. My sincere condolences go out to Jim-O, Ashley and their families for their loss.”

Del Worsham –“I've known Tammy for 20 years and have never heard a negative thing about her. I am so sad for her family and the entire Kalitta Motorsports family. She was as big or bigger part of this race team than anyone over the last 20 years, and we are all going to miss her very much. I just want to do the best we can and know she will still be watching after all of us.”

Event Schedule:

The NHRA New England Nationals begin Friday for Team Kalitta and all the Nitro-powered pros with two qualifying sessions at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (ET). Two more qualifying sessions follow on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The top 16 qualified cars in each Nitro class will race Sunday in final eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Tammy Oberhofer Obituary:

OBERHOFER, Tammy S., age 53, of Ypsilanti, June 18, 2013. Beloved wife of Jim-O. Loving mother of Ashley-O. Dearest daughter of Keith and Virginia Ferrell. Dear sister of Tim (Therese) and Teri (Bubba). She was the proud owner of Tex the cat and her late dog, Chocolate. Tammy was in DRAW, Drag Racing Association of Women, and her favorite football team was the Cincinnati Bengals. She will be taken by Horse-Drawn Carriage to Michigan Memorial Park for Entombment.

Tammy Oberhofer Services:

Visitation and services for Tammy Oberhofer will take place on Wednesday, June 26 at:
 
Michigan Memorial Funeral Home
30895 West Huron River Drive
Flat Rock, MI 48134
734-783-2646
 
Private visitation will be from 9:00AM - 10:00AM
 
Public visitation will be from 10:00AM - 1:00PM
 
Services will follow at 1:00PM and Tammy will be taken to her final resting place via horse drawn carriage.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the following charities that were dear to Tammy:

B.R.A.K.E.S.,DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women), Racers for Christ, and Pandas International

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Kalitta Motorsports is sad to announce the passing of one of our family members, Tammy “O” Oberhofer. Tammy succumbed to cancer June 18, 2013 after fiercely battling the disease for over a year.
 
Tammy, husband Jim “O”, and daughter Ashley have been an integral part of the Kalitta Motorsports family for 30 years. Tammy, first serving as the team’s public relations representative and most recently as the team’s office manager, will be dearly missed but her remarkable spirit will remain with us forever.
 
Obituary:
 
OBERHOFER, Tammy S., age 53, of Ypsilanti, June 18, 2013. Beloved wife of Jim-O. Loving mother of Ashley-O. Dearest daughter of Keith and Virginia Ferrell. Dear sister of Tim (Therese) and Teri (Bubba). She was the proud owner of Tex the cat and her late dog, Chocolate. Tammy was in DRAW, Drag Racing Association of Women, and her favorite football team was the Cincinnati Bengals. She will be taken by Horse-Drawn Carriage to Michigan Memorial Park for Entombment.

 

Visitation and services for Tammy Oberhofer will take place on Wednesday, June 26 at:

 

Michigan Memorial Funeral Home

30895 West Huron River Drive

Flat Rock, MI 48134

734-783-2646

 

Public visitation will be from 10:00AM - 1:00PM

 

Services will follow at 1:00PM and Tammy will be taken to her final resting place via horse drawn carriage.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the following charities that were dear to Tammy: B.R.A.K.E.S, DRAW (Drag Racing Association of Women), Racers for Christ, and Pandas International

 

http://www.putonthebrakes.com/  http://www.drawfasthelp.org/  http://teamrfc.org/  http://www.pandasinternational.org/wtmg.html

 

 

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (June 18, 2013) With the second of a string of four back-to-back races just days away, there's no rest for the weary as Alexis DeJoria and her Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patron Toyota Camry Funny Car team head due north this week for the highly anticipated inaugural event at New England Dragway, the Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals in Epping, N.H.

The Patron team, which counts their past race in Bristol, Tenn. as a success, is looking forward to riding the momentum into the newest stop on the 24 race NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour.  The NHRA has posted numerous reports regarding the incredible fan response for the northeastern race, and DeJoria is looking to leave a lasting impression amongst a new set of fans.

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Leah Pritchett (494)
2. Antron Brown (440)
3. Tony Schumacher (438)
4. Doug Kalitta (358)
5. Steve Torrence (352) 
6. Brittany Force (292)
7. Clay Millican (269)
8. Troy Coughlin Jr. (228)
9. Terry McMillen (195)
10. Scott Palmer (180)
17. Shawn Langdon (32)
 

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Matt Hagan (400)
2. Ron Capps (398)
3. John Force (371)
4. Tommy Johnson Jr. (357)
5. Robert Hight (301)
5. Courtney Force (301)
7. Jack Beckman (282)
8. Jonnie Lindberg (235)
9. J.R. Todd (222)
10. Jim Campbell (211)
11. Alexis DeJoria (208)

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