Kalitta Motorsports News

Jim Oberhofer and his daughter Ashley will dance in competition on August 9 for two great reasons.

They will honor the memory of Tammy Oberhofer, who passed away June 18, 2013, and help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Oberhofer passed away after a long and bravely fought battle with cancer.

The Oberhofers will participate in Floorplay, A Fun Dance Competition for Charity, at Concourse Hall in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   

“We are dancing in my wife Tammy’s name and I think it’s great,” said Jim Oberhofer, more commonly known in the racing community as Jim O.


DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (July 17, 2013)— Only five races stand between the cutoff to be included in the NHRA’s coveted Countdown to the Championship Top Ten list, and Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, knows that the Western Swing will play a critical role in her team’s ‘Top Ten’ fate.

The famous three-race Western Swing kicks off this weekend with the Mile-High NHRA Nationals at Bandimere Speedway, located just outside of Denver, Col. As Team Patrón roars into the Rockies, they feel well-equipped to tackle what will likely be some of the most extreme racing conditions they will encounter all season.  The scenic track in the mountains provides for a visually and acoustically stimulating experience for fans, but with its mile-high altitude, tricky tuning conditions for crew chiefs.

NORWALK, Ohio (July 7, 2013)— Sunday found the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team packing up early after a first round loss at the 7th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

The No. 13 qualified Patrón team faced No. 4 qualifier Johnny Gray during round one of eliminations. After Gray’s team decided on a last minute lane swap, the black and green Toyota Camry pulled up to the line ready to make a run with their newly implemented engine combination- a tamed down version of Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster setup. With just five runs under their belt with the adjusted tune-up, the Tommy DeLago led Patrón team made a solid 4.131-second at 313.29-mph pass. Although it was a good run, it wasn’t enough against Gray’s 4.047-sec pass, ending Team Patrón’s day.

Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry
The Results:
Q1: 4.192 ET at 302.62 MPH
Q2: 4.124 ET at 281.07 MPH
Q3: 5.608 ET at 126.87 MPH
Q4: 4.308 ET at 294.88 MPH
The Competition:
No. 13 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 4 Johnny Gray
Alexis DeJoria, Driver
We qualified here in Norwalk, which is great. Last year we didn’t to race on Sunday, so I’m just happy to be in the show tomorrow.  We’re qualified thirteenth and face Johnny Gray first round.
Tommy DeLago, Crew Chief
Obviously like every week when we’re not number one qualifier, it wasn’t the weekend we wanted to have. We’re only on the fifth run on a new engine combo, and we’re still learning, but I see a lot more promise that what I saw before. We just have to learn what to do in various conditions. The conditions here are pretty much on both ends of the spectrum. During the night run on Friday, the track was incredible. We were on a pretty good pass on that run and were third fastest mph at half-track. Then today, the track deteriorated pretty quickly when it got hot out and it was really hard to adapt. In the fourth round we didn’t make the run we wanted but it was still the fifth quickest run of the session and it made it down the track. We were one of just a few cars to make it down the track in that round actually. If we can make it down tomorrow, we have a shot at winning.

Kalitta No 1 NorwalkTHE RESULTS:

Doug Kalitta: Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
Q1: 3.805 seconds, 323.35 mph (Three bonus points for best of the session)
Q2: 3.767 seconds, 327.74 mph (Three bonus points for best of the session)
Q3: 3.880 seconds, 312.42 mph
Q4: 5.423 seconds, 127.05 mph

Qualifies: 1st

Doug Kalitta – “It’s great to be No. 1 again. We’ve been able to do that a few times this year in the Mac Tools dragster. We struggled some in the heat today, but I have plenty of confidence in Jim (Oberhofer, crew chief) and Troy (Fasching, assistant crew chief) and our whole Mac Tools team. We’ll be ready to go out there and get some round wins tomorrow. Norwalk is my home track, and Mac Tools is based in Columbus, Ohio, so it would be really special to pick up our first event win of the season tomorrow here.”

The No. 1 in Norwalk is Kalitta’s fifth of the 2013 season and 36th of his 16-year Top Fuel career. He is now fifth all-time in career No. 1 qualifiers in Top Fuel. Kalitta is currently fifth in NHRA Mello Yello Top fuel championship points. He and the Mac Tools team have accumulated 43 qualifying bonus points thus far this season*. (*credit E. Werner, John Force Racing)

Doug Kalitta NorwalkNORWALK, Ohio, (July 4, 2013) – Doug Kalitta, driver of the 10,000-horsepower “Big Red” Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster for Kalitta Motorsports, thinks this may be the weekend that he and the Mac Tools team pick up their first “Wally” trophy of the 2013 Mello Yello Drag Racing Series at his “home track”, Norwalk Motorsports Park, during the annual running of the NHRA Norwalk Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.

The Kalitta Motorsports race shop, based in Ypsilanti, Mich., is less that 120 miles away from Norwalk Motorsports Park making it the closest NHRA national event track for the team helmed by Kalitta’s Uncle Connie “the Bounty Hunter” Kalitta, team owner and drag racing icon.

“It’s always great racing in Norwalk because a lot of our family and friends are there to watch us race,” Kalitta, a 48-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. “The track and the facility in Norwalk are among the best we see all year. Plus, they have one of the best fireworks shows you will ever see, so it’s great we can all celebrate Independence Day there.

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Brittany Force (2690)
2. Steve Torrence (2609)
3. Doug Kalitta (2553)
4. Antron Brown (2508)
5. Leah Pritchett (2452) 
6. Clay Millican (2419)
7. Shawn Langdon (2406)
8. Tony Schumacher (2395)
9. Terry McMillen (2310)
10. Scott Palmer (2218)


Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. Robert Hight (2686)
2. Ron Capps (2588)
3. Courtney Force (2543)
4. Jack Beckman (2519)
5. Matt Hagan (2470)
6. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2452)
7. John Force (2388)
8. Tim Wilkerson (2296)
9. J.R. Todd (2282)
10. Cruz Pedregon (2178)