Del Worsham to host drag racing event at Barona on May 28th

VILLA PARK, Calif. (May 9, 2016) – The Memorial Day weekend is the only weekend off for Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports from the NHRA circuit from now till July. However, instead of taking a break; he has elected to bring nitro Funny Car racing to San Diego for the first time.

“My daughters, Kate and Maddy, are scheduled to race at a Junior drag racing event this weekend,” said Worsham. “However, then I got to talking to Rick (Reynolds, Barona drags track operator) and we talked about how cool it would to have some nitro racing out at the event. Rick was totally for it. So I called in some favors and people have been wholly supportive. I cannot believe how quickly everything got put together.”

Worsham will be one of four nitro Funny Cars onsite as he will be running a special scheme highlighting his 25 years in the sport of drag racing and his three IHRA and NHRA titles as nitro comes to the San Diego area for the first time. The other Funny Cars participating: Gary Densham, driver of the Densham Motorsports nitro Funny Car; Paul Lee, driver of the McLeod nitro Funny Car; and Brandon Welch, driver of the Auto Anything nitro Funny Car.

In addition to the nitro Funny Cars and the Junior drag racing series event, Worsham has recruited several Nostalgia Funny Cars driven by John Weaver, Will Martin, Alex Miladinovich, Dennis Swearingen, James Day and Danny Gerber; and Fuel Altereds driven by Jim Holtz, Nathan Bugg, Jeff Utterback and Rodney Flournoy to truly make this event one-of-a-kind.

Worsham wanted to highlight a few companies that have supported bringing nitro to the San Diego area.

“We could not have made this event happen without the support of Auto Anything, CP Carrillo, Kalitta Motorsports, McLeod, Red Line Oil and TMS Titanium, ” said Worsham.

Ticket prices are $25 for those 17 and older and $10 for children ages 10 to 16. Children under the age of 10 are free. The event is expected to sell out, so fans are encouraged to purchase tickets soon.

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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) Mello Yello 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 six world championships and over 100 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

Team Kalitta is the home of the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car World Champions, Del Worsham. He drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. J.R. Todd drives the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster while Connie’s nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as head tuner for all Team Kalitta entries. He is assisted by co-crew chiefs Jon Oberhofer and Nick Boninfante on the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, Rob Flynn on the SealMaster Top Fuel dragster and Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster.

 Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include ARP, AutoDesk CAM, Champion, Cogistics, Darton Sleeves, DHL, Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Mac Tools, Optima Batteries, Phoenix Fuel Converter, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, Tequila Patrón, TMS Titanium, Toyota and Ziebart.