Kalitta Motorsports News
JOLIET, ILL - (July 8, 2015) - After finally mastering Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park on Sunday, Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, moves to a track where success has come often: the Route 66 Raceway.
Kalitta’s Mac Tools team was the team to beat all day in Norwalk. In front of many friends and family, Kalitta rewrote the record books in qualifying running a 3.731 second pass in the final session to earn his 43rd no.1 qualifying spot. Jim Oberhofer flexed his tune-up muscle on Sunday with four consistent and strong passes earning lane choice each round and eliminating legend Chris Karamesines and top ten contenders Steve Torrence and Clay Millican, and finally points leader Antron Brown to earn his 37th career win.
Owner of the track MPH record for the past two seasons, Kalitta is trying to join Larry Dixon and Kenny Bernstein with his fourth Route 66 Nationals trophy, which is the most all-time. Kalitta Motorsports was on a tear through 2004-2006 at Route 66 Raceway. Doug picked up the victories in 2004 and 2006, while the late Scott Kalitta earned his only win in Joliet in 2005.
Last season, he was the number one qualifier with a 3.787. That run would not be equaled throughout qualifying and Sunday’s race action. It was his second no.1 in Joliet and first since his second career pole in 1999.
“Kalitta Motorsports has a great track record in Chicago,” said Kalitta. “Coming off such a solid performance in Norwalk, I am more confident then ever in this entire Mac Tools team and their capabilities. We are going to Chicago to win.”
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, inched ever closer to the winner’s circle and his 500th career round win in Norwalk.
Worsham advanced to his third semi-final round in the past five events at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park defeating Jeff Diehl and his teammate Alexis DeJoria for round wins 498 and 499, before leading Courtney Force prior to some tire smoke in the semi-final round.
Since back-to-back round one losses in Houston and Atlanta, Worsham has advanced out of the first round in five consecutive events and will need to move that to six consecutive to become the 17th driver to have the 500 round win crown.
Worsham is also one of only two drivers to own wins in the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes at Route 66 Raceway (Gary Scelzi). His 503rd round win and first victory of the season would give Worsham his fourth at Joliet tying two-time champion Tony Pedregon for most all-time with four.
The DHL team also owns their own win at Route 66 Raceway, picking up the Wally in 2012.
“I love racing in Chicago,” said Worsham. “It is probably my favorite track. I have a lot of prior success there, the DHL team has a win there, so hopefully we can we finally close the deal and get the victory that this team deserves.”
J.R. Todd, driver of the MAD Creative Concepts Top Fuel Dragster, debuts a new sponsor to NHRA for the second consecutive weekend.
MAD Creative Concepts, based not far from Kalitta Motorsports in Ypsilanti, Mich., handles the wraps, hero cards and many other marketing materials for Team Kalitta, but this is their first primary sponsorship in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.
Todd flew the SealMaster colors in Norwalk, and was fast early. In the first session, Todd earned two bonus points as the second fastest run, a number that was only bested by his teammate, Doug Kalitta.
Todd also has good memories of this event last season. At the Route 66 Nationals for the first time with Team Kalitta, Todd beat Alan Johnson Racing’s Khalid alBalooshi and his teammate Doug Kalitta, before being defeated by mere inches in the semi-finals.
“The MAD guys are great people and I am excited to represent them,” said Todd. “Kalitta Motorsports has a ton of great history in Chicago and I plan to add my name to Chicago winner list.”
Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, is coming off breaking her Norwalk curse. DeJoria finally earned her first round win at Summit Motorsports Park this past weekend by defeating Tommy Johnson Jr.
DeJoria has fond memories of the Route 66 Nationals. In her rookie season, DeJoria earned just her second semi-final finish. She defeated long-time Funny Car drivers Ron Capps and John Force to earn two round wins in Chicago.
Last season, she drew John Force once again and gave him a great run with a sub 4.1 second pass.
NORWALK, Ohio (July 5, 2015) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, picked up his second win of the season this afternoon at the Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals.
It was a wire-to-wire job for the Mac Tools team. Kalitta reset the track record in qualifying with a 3.731 second pass. That earned him his first number one qualifying spot of the season and the second of his legendary career at Norwalk.
However, he had never picked up a victory at the track that is closest to Kalitta Motorsports headquarters. That was not on the top of the mind of Jim Oberhofer. The Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster was consistent throughout the day running 3.774 seconds in the first round to defeat Chris Karamesines and 3.846 seconds to knock out Steve Torrence in the second round.
The semi-final draw put him against the hungry Clay Millican. Millican had a solid number, but could not compete with Kalitta’s class-best reaction time and 3.849 second run.
Antron Brown would be the final person in the way of Team Kalitta, but he again proved no match for the Mac Tools team. Jim Oberhofer tuned the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster all the way up to a 3.823 second pass to easily defeat Brown.
“I am honored to drive this Mac Tools dragster,” said Kalitta. “What a great way to celebrate, so close to our home and the home base for so many of our sponsors, Mac Tools, SealMaster and Summit Racing. They gave me the tune-up to win all day and I am so excited to be able to celebrate with my family and friends.” Kalitta moves from sixth to third in the series point standings with the victory.
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, proved again that he would not be a car you would want to see on Sunday. Worsham was stout throughout qualifying earning two bonus points and just missing the top spot on day one, before ultimately qualifying in fourth.
Worsham drew Jeff Diehl in the first session. Diehl was unable to get the car started and the DHL “Yella Fellas” were on it. A 4.115 second pass was not good enough to earn lane choice over his teammate Alexis DeJoria, but that did not prove to be an issue. Another solid 4.145 second run moved Worsham past DeJoria to a pairing with Courtney Force.
Force, trying to battle her way into a top ten position, proved to be the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car’s kryptonite. Worsham was ahead early, but Force drove around when the DHL Camry stumbled.
“We just really want to win,” said Worsham. “These guys deserve it and are doing great. I am excited to head to Chicago. With the DHL Toyota team’s track record there we should be stout.
Worsham remains in the fourth position in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series point standings.
Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, struggled throughout qualifying. She made it down the track just one time, and qualified 12th. Top ten driver Tommy Johnson would be her first matchup.
Tommy DeLago was not fazed by the qualifying difficultly. He tuned DeJoria right past Johnson with her best pass of the weekend. A 4.090 second run earned her lane choice over her teammate Del Worsham in round two, but instant tire smoke did not give her a shot against the solid pass of the DHL group.
Even with the round win, DeJoria slipped a couple spot to tenth in the standings.
J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster, moved to Norwalk on a high. He was coming off his second semi-final finish of the season and was debuting a fast new look in Norwalk with the hometown SealMaster colors moving from the associate to the primary level.
Todd started the weekend right. The SealMaster team earned the second best run in the first qualifying session picking up another two bonus points, and allowing Connie Kalitta to go for the big number in the evening session. That did not stick but Todd did lower his number in the third session to a 3.790 to qualify ninth and draw Texan Steve Torrence in the first round.
A great reaction time was not enough as Todd led, but drew some smoke at the top end to allow Torrence to sneak around.
“I really wanted to get a win today for all the great people from SealMaster,” said Todd. “Some day this luck is bound to change and hopefully it is next weekend in Chicago.”
Todd retains his ninth position in the point standings.
After 12 races, Team Kalitta nitro race cars have won two events, advanced to six final rounds and earned three no.1 qualifying positions. Next week,Team Kalitta makes the short drive to Chicago for the Route 66 Nationals.
NORWALK, Ohio. (July 4, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. Results and quotes follow.
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:
- Q1: 3.797 sec., 325.14 mph (Three bonus points for the best run of the session.)
- Q2: 3.761 sec., 323.04 mph
- Q3: 3.782 sec., 325.69 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)
- Q4: 3.731 sec., 327.82 mph (Three bonus points for the best run of the session.)
No. 1 Qualifier
This is Doug Kalitta’s first no.1 qualifier of the season and third for Kalitta Motorsports (J.R. Todd - Charlotte, Las Vegas). Doug Kalitta had earned one prior no.1 qualifying spot at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park in 2013. This is the 43rd no.1 qualifier for Kalitta, which is 15th all-time. The 3.731 second time is a Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park track record.
J.R. Todd – Driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster:
- Q1: 3.800 sec., 324.83 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)
- Q2: 3.852 sec., 307.23 mph
- Q3: 3.790 sec., 321.96 mph
- Q4: 4.250 sec., 181.30 mph
No. 8 Qualifier
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:
- Q1: 4.086 sec., 306.60 mph
- Q2: 4.005 sec., 321.42 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)
- Q3: 4.095 sec., 311.13 mph
- Q4: 4.392 sec., 202.42 mph
No. 4 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car:
- Q1: 4.097 sec., 309.70 mph
- Q2: 8.363 sec., 83.60 mph
- Q3: 5.411 sec., 124.60 mph
- Q4: 4.828 sec., 162.53 mph
No. 12 Qualifier
First Round Competition:
1) Doug Kalitta v. 16) Chris Karamesines
9) J.R. Todd v. 8) Steve Torrence
4) Del Worsham v. 13) Jeff Diehl
12) Alexis DeJoria v. 5) Tommy Johnson Jr.
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “Really proud of my entire Mac Tools team. Jim (Oberhofer, crew chief) and Troy (Fasching, assistant crew chief) had a solid tune-up. The Mac Tools car was clean and ran a great number. It is a great momentum builder, so I am happy it stayed at the top.”
J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: “A little fire tonight, but the SealMaster guys will get it fixed for tomorrow. Definitely wanted to stick in the top half of the field, and we have a tough first round match-up in different conditions. However, I am confident in my team and know we will be ready to go tomorrow.”
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “We have had a great DHL Toyota Camry all weekend. The conditions are different tomorrow than any that we have qualified in all weekend, but we have had a great warm weather set-up throughout the season so I know we will be ready to go come the first session.”
YPSILANTI, Mich., (July 3, 2015) - Team Kalitta is pleased to announce its newest multi-year associate partnership with Autodesk, Inc. Beginning this weekend at the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, Autodesk branding will be featured on all four of Kalitta Motorsports’ top National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) entries and in the new CNC shop located in the teams’ headquarters in Ypsilanti, Mich.
Autodesk, Inc. first introduced its AutoCAD technology in 1982. Since then, they have become a leader in 3D design software. Autodesk’s technology reaches far beyond the race shop as they are leaders in the manufacturing, architecture, engineering and construction and media and entertainment industries, among others.
Kalitta Motorsports will be utilizing two Autodesk software solutions: Autodesk Inventor, which is 3D CAD software that offers professional-grade tools for 3D mechanical design, documentation and product simulation; and Autodesk Inventor HSM, which allows Kalitta Motorsports’ CNC team to rapidly produce machined parts designed in Inventor. The Inventor HSM software will also help the team to develop parts for the two Funny Car teams.
“Autodesk has the best software out there,” said Kalitta Motorsports CNC Shop Manager Tim Evans, who has 25 years of experience in motorsports engineering. “This new partnership and our team’s use of Inventor and Inventor HSM will help us deliver better designs and better cars in less time.”
This new partnership will bring Autodesk’s CAM logo to Kalitta Motorsports’ four championship contending machines. The drivers are as follows: Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster; J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster; Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, and Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car. These drivers have brought home three rookie of the year trophies, nearly 80 victories and over 1,000 career round wins. All four currently retain positions among the top ten drivers in their classes.
In addition to the logos on the vehicles, large Autodesk banners will be also featured in the brand new CNC portion of the shop, which recently received five new HAAS machines.