Doug Kalitta is one of the most successful Top Fuel drivers in NHRA history finishing second in points six times and finishing the season in the top 10 in points following an incredible 25-consecutive seasons. Kalitta is fifth on the NHRA’s all-time Top Fuel wins list with 49 winner’s circle celebrations in addition to 58 runner-up finishes and 50 No. 1 qualifiers.
In 2023, the nephew of NHRA legend and team owner Connie Kalitta will strive to win his allusive first NHRA Top Fuel title. Tuning the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster will once again be the talented trio of world championship tuners Alan Johnson, Brian Husen and Ronnie Thompson.
Kalitta, who is a member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, has done just about everything possible in Top Fuel except win the NHRA Top Fuel Championship. With six season runner-up finishes, saying he’s due to win the title would be a supreme understatement. In 2020, the year of his most-recent runner-up, he finished a tantalizing three points out of first place.
Prior to his NHRA career, which began with his first start at the opening race of the 1998 season, Kalitta raced in USAC events. He was the 1991 USAC Midget Series Rookie of the Year and the 1994 USAC Sprint Car Champion. Kalitta won 21 USAC events: 14 in Midget races and seven in Sprint Car competition.
When he’s not racing NHRA Top Fuel dragsters, Kalitta is the owner and president of Kalitta Charters, the passenger division of Kalitta Air with a four-decade history of flying its customers in comfort and safety.
Doug Kalitta Quick Facts:
Residence: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Hometown: Mount Clemens, Mich.
Date of birth: Aug. 20, 1964
Career Race Wins (through 2022): 49 (Fifth in Top Fuel history)
Career No. 1 qualifiers (through 2022): 51 (15th in Top Fuel history)
Fastest Speed (through 2022): 333.66 mph
Career Rounds Raced Won-Lost (through 2022): 738-510 (.600)
Best points finish: 2 (2003, ’04, ’06, ’16, ’19, ‘20)
First start: Pomona1, 1998
Marital Status: Wife, Josie
Children: Son, Mitchell and daughter, Avery
Height/weight: 5’11”, 180 lbs.
Hobbies: Boating, fishing and hunting
Notable: Member of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, nephew of team owner Connie Kalitta, Owner, President of Kalitta Charters; Earned his Learjet license at age 21; 1991 USAC Midget Series Rookie of the Year and 1994 USAC Sprint Car National Champion.