Kalitta Motorsports News
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 6, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Results and quotes follow. The first qualifying session on Friday was cancelled due to weather.
J.R. Todd – Driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster:
- Q2: 4.462 sec., 188.83 mph
- Q3: 3.795 sec., 323.53 mph
- Q4: 5.743 sec., 118.11 mph
- Q5: 4.400 sec., 189.12 mph
No. 5 Qualifier
Note: On Saturday, J.R. Todd competed in his first Traxxas Shootout. He was defeated in the first round by Antron Brown, who was the eventual winner.
J.R. Todd clinched his spot in the Countdown for the Championship on Sunday.
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the DEWALT Made in the USA Top Fuel Dragster:
Q2: 8.139 sec., 93.14 mph
Q3: 6.588 sec., 86.46 mph
Q4: 4.002 sec., 266.42 mph
Q5: 3.995 sec., 290.63 mph
No. 16 Qualifier
Note: On Saturday, Doug Kalitta competed in the Traxxas Shootout. He advanced to the finals by defeating Shawn Langdon in the first round and Clay Millican in the semi-finals. He was defeated by Antron Brown in the final round.
Doug Kalitta also clinched his spot in the Countdown for the Championship on Sunday.
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q2: 4.125 sec., 305.22 mph
Q3: 3.978 sec., 322.11 mph
Q4: 4.847 sec., 162.68 mph
Q5: 4.102 sec., 305.49 mph (Earned two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)
No. 4 Qualifier
Note: The third round qualifying pass for Del Worsham reset his career-best elapsed time at 3.978. This is the second consecutive weekend that Worsham has reset his career-best elapsed time.
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q2: 4.998 sec., 155.63 mph
Q3: 4.000 sec., 314.97 mph
Q4: 4.125 sec., 308.50 mph
Q5: 4.324 sec., 221.34 mph
No. 6 Qualifier
First Round Competition:
5) J.R. Todd v. 12) Antron Brown
16) Doug Kalitta v. 1) Larry Dixon
4) Del Worsham v. 13) Chad Head
6) Alexis DeJoria v. 11) Courtney Force
Doug Kalitta, driver of the DEWALT Made in the USA Top Fuel Dragster: “Tough conditions out there. We got behind it and should have gotten bumped out, and we didn’t. That is probably a good sign for the DEWALT team tomorrow that we have that luck on our side.”
J.R. Todd, driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster: “We got a night run to get a good qualifying spot, but once again, we do not get a good draw. We struggled in the heat, so we have our work cut out for us tomorrow. I have faith in these Optima Batteries guys and we will try to turn on four win lights tomorrow.”
Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car: “Well, there is no time like the present. We are going to get this figured out right away in the first round. Courtney and I, duking it out for that last spot in the countdown. Hot conditions, we have made it down the track almost every time. I feel pretty good about our chances, but you never know. This is NHRA drag racing, but I hope things are in our favor.”
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “The DHL team really stepped it up today, and I am confident in our hot weather set-up. Conditions should be similar tomorrow as they were today, so we should be good. Unfortunately drew Chad again, but that’s racing and we will go up and try to get around him.”
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 1, 2015) – Through only four seasons as a NHRA professional driver, Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, has had an outstanding start to her career but one of the biggest moments was last season’s running of the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.
She qualified 7th for the 60th running of the legendary event. Rain effected the timing of the race, but not Tommy DeLago’s control of the set-up. DeJoria defeated Cruz Pedregon, Blake Alexander and Courtney Force running better that 4.1-seconds each time. However, both driver and crew chief saved their best effort for last. Running 16-time Funny Car Champion John Force in the final, DeJoria turned on a .037 light to earn the advantage at the tree and then ran a 4.038 second pass, her best of the day, to achieve her third career victory.
“This is a very big week,” said DeJoria. “Not only because we are the defending event champion, but because everything else that this weekend entails. I have a great team and we are going to go out there and give it our best shot.”
DeJoria returns to Indianapolis Raceway Park in the tenth position in the points standings with a 73-point advantage over Courtney Force. She will guarantee her second consecutive top ten points finish by returning to the final round.
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, has his own history in Indianapolis.
In a career that runs multiple decades, one of the best weekends was the 2005 U.S. Nationals weekend. Worsham earned the victory in the speciality non-points event, Skoal Showdown, and then earned his first U.S. Nationals victory to earn the double-up bonus. He followed that with a final round appearance during his Top Fuel championship season in 2011.
Worsham comes into Indianapolis as the only Kalitta Motorsports driver to hold a clinched spot in the Countdown for the Championship. Worsham currently sits fifth in the standings.
“I am excited to get back to Indianapolis,” said Worsham. “It is great to go into the race knowing we can just concentrate on winning the event and not about trying to secure our spot in the championship hunt.”
Last season, Worsham qualified among the top five drivers and earned a round win.
Doug Kalitta, driver of DEWALT Made in the USA with global materials Top Fuel Dragster, returns to the U.S. Nationals striving for his first win. Kalitta started from the top spot on two occasions in 2000 and 2004. The 2004 no.1 lead to Kalitta’s first Indianapolis final round, a record he repeated in 2008, but Kalitta has yet to be able to add a U.S. Nationals Wally to his 37 career wins.
Earlier this season, Kalitta checked off another event, the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals in nearby Norwalk, Ohio, off the list for the first time after several attempts and plans on following that blueprint coming into this historic weekend.
“Indianapolis is a historic event that we have been close at many times,” said Kalitta. “I am looking forward to racing this weekend and hopefully driving this very cool DEWALT scheme to the victory.”
Prior to the special patriotic DEWALT Made in the USA with global materials Top Fuel dragster making its on track debut, Kalitta and DEWALT will unveil a special motorcycle in the Kalitta Motorsports hospitality area at 4pmEST. This motorcycle will be auctioned off at the Barrett Jackson Auction to benefit the Wounded Warriors Project. Media is welcome to attend this unveiling.
Kalitta will also participate in the Traxxas Shootout this weekend. He is one of just three drivers to earn his way into the field in all four seasons. Last season, Kalitta defeated Brittany Force in the first round of the race for $100,000.
Kalitta is also looking to lock his 18th consecutive top ten points finish, which is best among the Top Fuel class. He will clinch that spot by qualifying for the U.S. Nationals.
J.R. Todd, driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster, can also clinch his second consecutive top ten points finish early on in the U.S. Nationals. Todd clinches with a first round victory.
The 2006 AAA Road to the Future winner will also experience the Traxxas Shootout for the first time in his career, and his first non-points bonus style event since the 2007 Technicoat Shootout in Las Vegas. NHRA named Todd to the final berth late Monday due to his victory two races ago in Seattle.
“Indy is our biggest race of the year and draws in tons of fans including a lot of my family and friends since this is my home race,” said Todd. “There is a lot on the line this weekend with points and a half and the $100,000 to win Traxxas Shootout. I think my Optima Batteries guys and Connie Kalitta are up to the challenge.”
Todd is competing in his fourth consecutive U.S. Nationals; a run that includes a holeshot win over Steve Torrence.
Long-time fans will also recognize the return of Optima Batteries scheme on Todd’s machine this weekend. Optima Batteries will be the primary sponsor for Todd in three of the last seven events on the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Fans can meet Team Kalitta drivers throughout the weekend. Our drivers will be signing autographs at the Toyota, SealMaster and Traxxas displays.
GLENDORA, Calif. – NHRA officials announced today that Seattle winner J.R. Todd has been inserted into the Traxxas Nitro Shootout Top Fuel field in place of Spencer Massey, who did not enter the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals prior to today’s deadline.
Todd is placed into the field by virtue of his recent victory at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways. Positions 1-7 in the Traxxas Nitro Shootout are earned based on event victories as the primary method, followed by points position as the secondary option.
As a result, Todd is no longer eligible for the ongoing fan vote for position No. 8.
“I am excited that the Optima Batteries team is now locked in to the Traxxas Shootout,” Todd said. “I must also say thank you to my fans and friends who have posted on social media and sent so many votes in on my behalf. My team is honored to participate.”
The updated ladder for the Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel is as follows:
TRAXXAS NITRO SHOOTOUT (TOP FUEL)
1. Tony Schumacher vs. No. 8 fan vote/lottery
2. Antron Brown vs. No. 7 J.R. Todd
3. Richie Crampton vs. No. 6 Steve Torrence
4. Doug Kalitta vs. No. 5 Shawn Langdon
The Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Top Fuel will be conducted Saturday, Sept. 5 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis, with rounds at 4, 5:25, and 7:45 p.m. The Traxxas Nitro Shootout, which also features a separate $100,000-to-win all-star race for eight Funny Car competitors on Sunday, Sept. 6, will be featured in ESPN and ESPN2's race coverage of the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals.
Tickets are available for the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals by calling (800) 884-NHRA (6472), or online at www.NHRA.com/tickets.