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Kalitta Motorsports News

COMMERCE, Ga., (May 15, 2014) – This weekend, May 16-18, the four-car, nitro-fueled straight line racers of Kalitta Motorsports, led by drag racing icon and team owner Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta, will be competing in the 34th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga., approximately 68 miles northwest of the Atlanta city limits via I-85.

Here’s what to watch for from Team Kalitta at the Southern Nationals –


Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car
HOMETOWN: Chino Hills, Calif.
CREW CHIEFS: Nick Boninfante and Jon Oberhofer
CAREER WINS: 33 (TF: 8 FC: 25)
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 51 (TF: 11 FC: 40)
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.999 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 321.42 mph

·         Worsham became the youngest driver ever to win a Funny Car event in Atlanta in 1991 at 21 years old
·         Worsham raced to a runner-up finish in Funny Car in Atlanta in 1992
·         Worsham qualified in the No. 11 position for Funny Car eliminations in Atlanta last year, where he raced to a quarter-final finish
·         Worsham has raced to two semi-final finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif. and Houston)
·         Worsham was the No. 1 qualifier for Funny Car eliminations at the previous event in Houston

Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
HOMETOWN: Ann Arbor, Mich.
CREW CHIEF: Jim Oberhofer
CAREER WINS: 34
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 71
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.713 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 331.45 mph

·         Kalitta won the Top Fuel title in Atlanta in 2005 and 2006
·         Kalitta raced to a runner-up finish in Atlanta in 1999
·         Kalitta holds the track record for speed in Atlanta, 325.61 mph (2013)
·         Kalitta has garnered one event wins so far this season (Gainesville, Fla.)
·         Kalitta has raced to two runner-up finishes so far this season (Pomona, Calif. and Las Vegas)
·         Kalitta was the No. 1 qualifier for Top Fuel eliminations in Pomona and Phoenix earlier this season

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car
HOMETOWN: Venice, Calif.
CREW CHIEF: Tommy DeLago
CAREER WINS: 4 (FC: 2 TAFC: 1 SPORTS: 1)
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 7 (FC: 3 TAFC: 3 SPORTS: 1)
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.997 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 319.07 mph

·         DeJoria in line to become the 100th NHRA event winner for a female racer
·         DeJoria qualified in the No. 13 position for Funny Car eliminations in Atlanta last year (first round)
·         DeJoria has garnered two event wins so far this season (Phoenix and Las Vegas)

J.R. Todd – Driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster
HOMETOWN: Lawrenceburg, Ind.
CREW CHIEF: Connie Kalitta
CAREER WINS: 6
CAREER FINAL ROUNDS: 8
CAREER BEST E.T.: 3.781 seconds
CAREER BEST SPEED: 325.30 mph

·         Todd previously competed in Atlanta in 2012 (first round)
·         Todd’s crew chief and team owner Connie Kalitta won the Top Fuel title as a driver in Atlanta in 1994

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(Photo Steve Perez / Detroit News) - Ypsilanti — Connie Kalitta stood in the middle of his mammoth, state-of-the-art, 50,000-square-foot race shop, looking at his multiple Top Fuel and Funny Cars as numerous employees were busy at work around him.

Kalitta, 76, is as passionate as ever for the sport of drag racing. Known as the Bounty Hunter during his racing days, Kalitta has enjoyed tremendous success and suffered the devastation of losing his son during his six decades in the sport.

Connie, who grew up in Mount Clemens, has accomplished everything there is in the sport, winning the U.S. Nationals — drag racing’s version of the World Series or Super Bowl — 20 years ago as a driver and winning series championships as a crew chief and owner.

His team’s last two series championships were won by his only son, Scott, in 1994 and 1995. On June 21, 2008, Scott was killed during the final round of qualifying in Englishtown, N.J., when his engine exploded near the finish line. Read More

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.133 seconds, 303.84 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q2: 4.051 seconds, 314.68 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q3: 4.603 seconds, 178.50 mph
Q4: 6.690 seconds, 95.21 mph

No. 1 Qualifier
J.R. Todd  – Driver of the Jesse James Firearms Unlimited Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.834 seconds, 315.42 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q2: 7.221 seconds, 94.04 mph
Q3: 3.792 seconds, 321.42 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q4: 3.818 seconds, 305.49 mph

No. 5 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 6.476 seconds, 104.39 mph
Q2: 6.803 seconds, 98.97 mph
Q3: 4.076 seconds, 311.70 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
Q4: 7.249 seconds, 94.18 mph

No. 5 Qualifier
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.828 seconds, 321.50 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q2: 3.819 seconds, 324.51 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q3: 3.793 seconds, 321.42 mph
Q4: 3.811 seconds, 318.25 mph

No. 6 Qualifier
Competition:

5) Todd vs. 12) Leah Pritchett
6) Kalitta vs. 11) Bob Vandergriff

1) Worsham vs. 16) Courtney Force
5) DeJoria vs. 12) Tony Pedregon

Event Schedule:

  • Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m.
  • Times and dates subject to change.

Konnekt with Kalitta Motorsports:

For more info about Kalitta Motorsports including exclusive content such as videos, photos and more, please visitwww.teamkalitta.com. Follow Us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TeamKalitta. Like Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KalittaMotorsports. Check out videos about Team Kalitta on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/TeamKalitta. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/TeamKalitta.

AUSTIN, Texas (April 18, 2014) – Who else other than Master Fabricator Jesse James to unite the two things Americans love most – guns and racing! Jesse is thrilled to introduce the new Jesse James Firearms Unlimited (JJFU) sponsored Top Fuel dragster at the upcoming 2014 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series event in Houston, Texas, April 25th-27th.

The sponsorship follows the successful launch of James’ signature firearms line, JJFU, announced late last year and combines two of his lifelong passions: fast cars and custom guns.

“My love of the sport along with the relationship I have enjoyed beginning with Scott Kalitta and everyone at Kalitta Motorsports brings this opportunity full circle,” James said. “We had some great wins with the West Coast Choppers dragster and, we’re hoping J.R., Connie (Kalitta team owner and crew chief) and the Firearms Unlimited team can do the same thing.”

Jesse joined the Kalitta Motorsports family for the first time in 2003 with the debut of the West Coast Choppers Top Fuel dragster driven by the late Scott Kalitta.  Jesse has become a steadfast presence in the Kalitta pits, quietly helping tune wife Alexis DeJoria’s Patron XO Café Toyota Camry for the past two years.

The Jesse James Firearms Unlimited Top Fuel dragster will be driven by young and talented, Kalitta Motorsports driver J.R. Todd.  Todd is a six-time NHRA Top Fuel victor and widely considered to be among the best drivers in the world’s quickest and fastest racing class.

“I loved the West Coast Choppers dragster Scott drove and now having the chance to work with Jesse and the “Bounty Hunter” Connie Kalitta, especially in Texas, is something I could only dream about,” Todd said. “Jesse’s passion for the sport and Connie’s legendary status makes me want to win Houston more than ever”.

The design of the JJFU Top Fuel dragster will be characteristic of the Jesse James style, in-your-face and rebellious yet artistic.  According to James, “It’s taboo bringing guns into mainstream motorsports, but the majority of the fans enjoy the outdoors, so it’s part of culture. There are a lot of fans that love fast cars and guns like I do so this is for everyone who isn’t afraid to enjoy life on or off the track.”Event Schedule:

The 27th annual NHRA SpringNationals begin Friday for Team Kalitta and the nitro-powered pros. Two qualifying sessions will take place at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (CT) Friday. Two more qualifying sessions will take place Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The top 16 qualified cars in both Top Fuel and Funny Car will race Sunday in eliminations beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Times and dates subject to change.

ESPN2 TV Schedule:

04/26/2014 Qualifying 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET/3:00 PM - 5:00 PM PT
04/27/2014 Eliminations 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM ET/4:00 PM - 7:00 PM PT

Times and dates subject to change.

About JJFU:

Jesse James is best known as a custom motorcycle builder and the founder of West Coast Choppers, the successful worldwide brand known by bike enthusiasts as an icon of unparalleled quality and style. He has also starred in several television programs over the past 15 years, most of which focused on his signature craftsmanship in building custom choppers and restoring classic cars. After relocating to Austin, Texas in 2010, Jesse was driven to combine his signature work and passion for guns into the manufacturing of his own line of firearms.  In late 2013, he launched Jesse James Firearms Unlimited (JJFU) offering his distinguished “Cisco 1911” and “Nomad AR-15.”  With an intention of creating skillfully crafted and highly customizable guns, Jesse plans to eventually offer a full span of guns that appeal to military and law enforcement as well as the individual gun enthusiast.  JJFU raised the standards by also announcing a commitment to guns and products made in the USA.  Firearms are available for purchase at www.jjfu.com.  For most up to date announcements, follow JJFU on Instagram at www.instagram.com/popeofwelding.

About Kalitta Motorsports:

Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. The team was founded and is owned by drag racing icon Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta. For more than 50 years, Connie has been involved in the sport as a driver, tuner, and an owner. Kalitta Motorsports is one of the most successful teams in the history of auto racing with five world championships and over 50 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

For more info about Kalitta Motorsports including exclusive content such as videos, photos and more, please visit www.teamkalitta.com. Follow Us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/TeamKalitta. Like Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KalittaMotorsports. Check out videos about Team Kalitta on our YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/TeamKalitta. Follow us on Instagram: www.instagram.com/TeamKalitta.

RESULTS BY SESSION

Top Fuel:

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster

Q1: 4.623 seconds, 165.13 mph
Q2: 3.816 seconds, 322.42 mph
Q3: 3.875 seconds, 319.22 mph
Q4: 3.831 seconds, 322.11 mph

No. 7 qualifier

J.R. Todd, driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster

Q1: 3.781 seconds, 325.06 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q2: 3.963 seconds, 242.89 mph
Q3: 3.860 seconds, 311.94 mph
Q4: 5.268 seconds, 132.52 mph

No. 2 qualifier

Funny Car:

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.113 seconds, 308.43 mph (Three bonus points for quickest of the session)
Q2: 6.715 seconds, 76.11 mph
Q3: 4.141 seconds, 307.30 mph (One bonus point for third quickest of the session)
Q4: 4.533 seconds, 190.81 mph

No. 9 qualifier

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 4.766 seconds, 173.18 mph
Q2: 4.097 seconds, 284.56 mph
Q3: 4.204 seconds, 300.80 mph
Q4: 4.435 seconds, 206.61 mph

No. 8 qualifier

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2592)
2. Clay Millican (2423)
3. Tony Schumacher (2382)
4. Leah Pritchett (2297)
5. Antron Brown (2253)
6. Brittany Force (2243)
7. Mike Salinas (2228)
8. Doug Kalitta (2225)
9. Terry McMillen (2221)
10. Scott Palmer (2149)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2445)
2. J.R. Todd (2434)
3. Ron Capps (2336)
4. Tim Wilkerson (2334)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2296)
6. Courtney Force (2264)
7. Matt Hagan (2241)
8. Jack Beckman (2229)
9. John Force (2204)
10. Shawn Langdon (2152)

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