Kalitta Motorsports News

POMONA, Calif., (Feb. 7, 2014) – The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series got underway today with the first two qualifying runs of the season at the 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.). Team Kalitta was led by Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster team with two 3.75-second runs to land them in the No. 3 provisional qualifying spot in class. Qualifying resumes tomorrow with two more nitro qualifying sessions at 1:00 p.m. (PT) and 4:00 p.m.


Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: 3.756 sec. at 328.30 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
  • Q2: 3.753 sec. at 327.19 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
  • Provisional No. 3 Qualifier

Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

  • Q1: 4.040 sec. at 317.72 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
  • Q2: No time (broke)
  • Provisional No. 4 Qualifier

David Grubnic – Driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster

  • Q1: 3.830 sec. at 321.96 mph
  • Q2: 6.005 sec. at 102.25 mph
  • Provisional No. 9 Qualifier

Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car

  • Q1: 8.285 sec. at 82.68 mph
  • Q2: 8.327 sec. at 82.74 mph
  • Provisional No. 20 Qualifier

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POMONA, Calif. (November 10, 2013)— After qualifying in the No. 15 spot on the Funny Car ‘Quick 16’ ladder, Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, faced No. 2 qualifier Matt Hagan in round one of eliminations on Sunday morning at the 49th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.

The two, which had squared off at the previous race in Las Vegas with DeJoria coming out the victor, were fifth pair up in Funny Car. Without the advantage of lane choice, Team Patrón was designated the left lane, which had been troublesome for nearly all of the teams that ran prior to them. The left lane proved to be no issue for DeJoria as she powered her 10,000-horsepower black and green Toyota Camry to an impressive run of 4.056-seconds at 314.24-mph- the second quickest of the session. Although she had the quicker car, Hagan advanced to round two with his 4.059-sec holeshot win, ending Team Green’s day.

Alexis DeJoria: Driver of the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry


The Results:

Q1: 4.719 ET at 173.65 MPH

Q2: 4.152 ET at 264.70 MPH

Q3: 4.138 ET at 307.16 MPH

Q4: 4.137 ET at 311.13 MPH

The Competition:

No. 15 Alexis DeJoria vs. No. 2 Matt Hagan


Alexis DeJoria, Driver

“We really struggled in qualifying this weekend. It was tough out there, and there were a number of things that gave us trouble- driver error, dropping cylinders- but luckily, we managed to get in the show. We’re qualified fifteenth and we’re racing our ‘lucky first round’ guy, Matt Hagan, so we’ll see. It’s just one of those things. You don’t always have to qualify well to go rounds on Sunday- our last race in Vegas is a perfect example of that. You can win from anywhere, as long as you make the show.”

POMONA, Calif., (Nov. 6, 2013) – The four-car, nitro-racing contingent of Kalitta Motorsports will be running special decals this weekend at the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series’ season-ending NHRA Auto Club Finals in Pomona, Calif. to honor November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The decals will adorn the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta, the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster driven by David Grubnic, the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by California native and resident Del Worsham, and the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Alexis DeJoria.

Kalitta Motorsports has been affected deeply by lung cancer in recent years including the losses of Doug Kalitta, Sr. and Wendy Kalitta, respectively the father and sister of NHRA Top Fuel veteran Doug Kalitta. Most recently the Ypsilanti, Michigan-based racing team suffered the loss of Tammy Oberhofer, who served as the team’s office manager and was also the wife of Kalitta Motorsports Vice President of Operations Jim Oberhofer, who is also crew chief for Kalitta. Tammy is also survived by her daughter Ashley Oberhofer, the team’s Social Media Coordinator.

POMONA, Calif. (November 5, 2013)— The 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series comes to a close this weekend at the 49th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif., and Alexis DeJoria and the Kalitta Motorsports Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car team are looking to end the season on a strong note and possibly pick up their first win.

The team has seen steady progression in the car’s performance over the last several races. At the previous race in Las Vegas, Team Patrón raced their way to the semi-final round taking out two veteran teams, including one that was vying for the Championship, proving that Team Green is not to be taken lightly. This weekend, they’re hoping to go rounds again, and hopefully pick up that elusive first win.

“We’re wrapping up a good season,” said DeJoria, who has powered her Patrón Toyota Camry to four semi-final finishes so far this year.  “I wouldn’t call it a great season, but I would call it a good one. We’ve made a lot of headway- especially these past few months. Tommy [DeLago, crew chief], Glen [Huszar, co-crew chief], and the whole team have been working so hard all year to make this car consistent. I’m really looking forward to next year and applying everything we learned this season. Hopefully this weekend we’ll qualify well, go some rounds and finish off on a good note.”

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Mello Yello Championship Points

Top Fuel (Unofficial)

1. Steve Torrence (2718)
2. Clay Millican (2487)
3. Tony Schumacher (2454)
4. Leah Pritchett (2394)
5. Brittany Force (2302)
6. Antron Brown (2291)
7t. Mike Salinas (2259)
7t. Doug Kalitta (2259)
9. Terry McMillen (2221)
10. Scott Palmer (2182)

Funny Car (Unofficial)

1. J.R. Todd (2553)
2. Robert Hight (2479)
3. Ron Capps (2388)
4. Tim Wilkerson (2367)
5. Tommy Johnson Jr. (2362)
6. Courtney Force (2324)
7. Matt Hagan (2321)
8. Jack Beckman (2283)
9. John Force (2277)
10. Shawn Langdon (2204)