Kalitta Motorsports News
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 10, 2015) – Defending Gatornationals champion Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, along with the rest of Team Kalitta contingent look for Gainesville success to continue a strong start to the season. Currently, Kalitta Motorsports is the only multi-car team in the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes to have every team driver ranked in the top ten in the point standings.
Kalitta, who advanced to his first final round of 2015 at the series’ most recent stop in Phoenix, comes in to Gainesville in fourth place. Kalitta looks to join an elite group of drivers such as Joe Amato and “Big Daddy” Don Garlits with four Gatornationals trophies. Kalitta’s 2014 win put him at three wins total in Gainesville, also winning in 2005 and 2000, while starting no. 1 in 2013 and 2003.
“My Mac Tools group wants to win!” said Kalitta. “Having an owner like Connie and seeing how much fun he continues to have racing breeds success. Gainesville is a track filled with history. Team Kalitta continues to do well there and the fact it's Big Daddy's home track makes it special.”
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, has started the new season right where he finished 2014: fast. He sits second in the standings after his first final round appearance in Phoenix. Worsham has won the Gatornationals in NHRA’s Funny Car and Top Fuel classes. He picked up his first Gainesville trophy in 2004 in Funny Car and followed that up with a victory in his 2011 Top Fuel Championship season. Gainesville was also his first final round appearance for Kalitta Motorsports after returning to the Funny Car driver’s seat in 2013.
“We are excited to get back to the Gatornationals,” said Worsham. “The DHL Toyota Camry team is happy but not satisfied with the start to our season and we look forward to try and pick up our first Wally of the season in Gainesville.”
J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, picked up his first round win of the season in Phoenix vaulting him into the top ten in the standings. Gainesville will be the last “first time” track for Todd with Team Kalitta, however, before joining Kalitta Motorsports last season at the first Las Vegas event in April, Todd qualified on the bump spot for the 2014 Gatornationals and eliminated no. 1 qualifier Shawn Langdon in the first round.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Todd will be featured at several media markets in Jacksonville and Gainesville before the racing begins on Friday.
“Gainesville is one of those special races that you rank right at the top with Indianapolis and Pomona,” said Todd. “The event holds a lot of history and to be able to win there puts you on the list with some of the greats in our sport. Our Red Line Oil team showed great promise in Phoenix and I'm certain we can build on that in Gainesville.”
Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, currently sits seventh in the point standings after two more round wins in Phoenix. In 2013, DeJoria picked up her first round win of the season in Gainesville and turned that into early season success.
DeJoria will also fly in early to be featured in some pre-race media in Orlando, Fla.
ne of the reasons Doug Kalitta always enjoys racing at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville is that it serves as the home track for NHRA Top Fuel legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits.
With one more victory at the tradition-rich facility, Kalitta would join Garlits and others when it comes to career achievements at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals. Kalitta picked up his third victory at the event a year ago and a repeat title at the traditional East Coast opener on the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series circuit this season would put Kalitta alongside the likes of Joe Amato, Larry Dixon, Garlits and Tony Schumacher for all-time Top Fuel wins at Gainesville.
That history isn’t lost on Kalitta, who will try to make some of his own in his 10,000-horsepower Mac Tools dragster at this weekend’s 46th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals at Auto-Plus Raceway at Gainesville.
“I always think about the history and success my family has had there and the fact it's Big Daddy's home track adds to it,” Kalitta said. “The Gatornationals is a crowd and racer favorite, and we are looking forward to getting there and going for another win.” Full Story
CHANDLER,Ariz. (Feb. 22, 2015) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, and Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, advanced Kalitta Motorsports to their first final rounds of the 2015 season earlier this evening at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz. Despite solid passes from each driver, neither team was able to pick up their first win of the season.
Kalitta started the day from the number two position and laid down two very fast passes to pick up round wins over Clay Millican and Brittany Force. After the track begin to see shade in the afternoon, Kalitta’s Mac Tools team came up against Shawn Langdon in the semi-finals. The tuneup proved to be too much for the Wild Horse Pass track but Kalitta hung on to defeat Langdon, 4.303 sec. to 4.752 sec.
The final round competition was Tony Schumacher from Don Schumacher Racing. Jim Oberhofer, crew chief for the Mac Tools team, tuned the car up to Kalitta’s quickest pass of the day, a 3.758 second run, but that number was unable to help Kalitta pick up the victory. Kalitta moves inside the top five in points for the first time this season in fourth place, 12 points out of the top two.
“My whole Mac Tools team did a great job this weekend,” said Kalitta. “We are not satisfied with the final result, but have continued to learn how to better handle the Mac Tools dragster and we look forward to Gainesville in a couple of weeks.”
Worsham’s DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car continued its tear of consistent 4.0 second runs. After running a 3.997 sec. in his final qualifying pass on Saturday, Worsham lined up against John Hale in round one. His 4.037 second run bested Hale’s 4.183 second pass to send Worsham to the quarterfinals. Two more great times (4.047 sec. and 4.010 sec.) led the DHL team past foes Chad Head and Robert Hight to set up a final pair of Worsham and Matt Hagan. Unfortunately, another 4.010 second run was not enough to take out the 2014 NHRA Funny Car champion, who won his second Wally of the season. Following Worsham’s finish and a semi-final effort at the season’s first event in Pomona, Worsham moves to the top two in the NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car standings.
Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, started the weekend with her first two round wins of the 2015 campaign. She was able to take two 4.0 second runs to round wins over Tony Pedregon and Tommy Johnson, Jr. DeJoria’s solid afternoon took her back to the top ten in points for the first time this season. She sits seventh after two events.
J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, earned his first round win of the season in the first round eliminating Terry McMillen. The Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster ran 3.776 in round 2 but it was not enough to take out Antron Brown. Todd, with the round win, moved into a tie for eighth position in the point standings.
“Pushed a sparkplug out in round two, and just ran up against the wrong guy,” said Todd. “We have our hot rod back from last season, and we are going to go work on it in the shop and get ready for Gainesville.”
Team Kalitta nitro race cars advanced to their first two championship rounds at Phoenix, the second event of the 24-race 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule this season.
CHANDLER, ARIZ., (Feb. 21, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals. Results and quotes follow.
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 4.989 sec., 144.86 mph
Q2: 3.733 sec., 329.02 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session.)
Q3: 6.002 sec., 112.54 mph
Q4: 3.771 sec., 322.88 mph
No. 2 Qualifier
J.R. Todd – Driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 3.766 sec., 323.97 mph (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session.)
Q2: 3.753 sec., 323.12 mph (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session.)
Q3: 5.990 sec., 110.74 mph
Q4: 6.797 sec., 96.07 mph
No. 4 Qualifier
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 7.522 sec., 85.31 mph
Q2: 4.005 sec., 318.17 mph (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session.)
Q3: 4.326 sec., 216.69 mph
Q4: 3.997 sec., 319.98 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session.)
No. 3 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 4.069 sec., 306.19 mph
Q2: 4.000 sec., 313.58 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session.)
Q3: 5.322 sec., 136.72 mph
Q4: 5.228 sec., 142.25 mph
No. 4 Qualifier
First Round Competition:
2) Doug Kalitta v. 15) Clay Millican
4) J.R. Todd v. 13) Terry McMillen
3) Del Worsham v. 14) John Hale
4) Alexis DeJoria v. 13) Tony Pedregon
Doug Kalitta, driver, Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “Excited to qualify second here in Phoenix. We have made some great passes this weekend aboard this Mac Tools dragster and I am ready to see what we can do against Clay (Millican) in round one.”
J.R. Todd, driver, Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster: “We struggled today. We tried a few things, but I think we got rid of all our Pomona gremlins on Friday. We know what we cannot do for tomorrow, and now we are going to prepare and get ready for the matchup against Terry McMillen.”
Del Worsham, driver, DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “Wow, what a great way to finish qualifying. My guys told me the DHL Toyota Camry was set up to run a 3 second run, and it went out there and did just that. We have a tough match-up tomorrow morning against (John) Hale and the Jim Dunn team, but we are going to go out there and do the best we can.”