Kalitta Motorsports News
YPSILANTI, MI (January 22, 2020) --- After a busy off-season that saw Kalitta Motorsports add or extend sponsorship relationships nearly half a dozen marketing partners the multi-time world championship winning organization is ready to get back on the track. The 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will see Kalitta Motorsports field two Top Fuel Dragsters and one Nitro Funny Car throughout the season.
Championship runner-up Doug Kalitta will once again be behind the wheel of the Rob Flynn/Troy Fasching tuned Mac Tools Dragster and he will be joined in the Top Fuel stable by Shawn Langdon, who will make his return to the category after a two year stint behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry Funny Car.
Kalitta is ready to get the season underway. “We made an awesome run at the championship last season and I am fired up for this season. We have a brand new design on the car and trailer for the Mac Tools team and we are ready to get going. Everyone begins the season from the same spot at the Winternationals and we are very focused on making a strong start.”
Langdon will slide in the cockpit of the DHL Top Fuel dragster. The DHL dragster will once again be led by drag racing legend Connie Kalitta as crew chief alongside Kurt Elliott. Both dragsters will also represent new associate sponsors Mobil 1, NGK Spark Plugs, Osborn and returning sponsors SealMaster and WIX Filters.
“I had a great experience racing Funny Car the past two seasons. I think it made me a better racer. I am really looking forward to getting back into Top Fuel. I can’t wait to race for Connie and Kurt and the DHL team. The team has had a lot of success and I want to keep up the positive momentum,” said Langdon.
J.R. Todd, the 2018 NHRA Funny Car champion will return to the seat of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. Todd will also be repping new sponsors Mobil 1 and NGK Spark Plugs as well as returning major associate team sponsor WIX Filters. Todd will continue to chase his second Funny Car world championship with returning crew chiefs Todd Smith and Jon Oberhofer.
“Last season didn’t go our way and had a lot of ups and downs. The good news is we have a great team of guys over here with the DHL Toyota Funny Car team and I think we will be stronger because of our struggles. Everyone really had a good off season and we are looking forward to testing and then getting the season started. Our number one goal at Kalitta is to win the championship and that is what we are going to focus on every day,” added Todd.
The Kalitta Motorsports team will be on track for the PRO test session at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the end of the month in preparation for the season opening 60th annual Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona, February 7-9, 2020. Tune in throughout the season to Fox and Fox Sports 1 (FS1) to catch all the 330 mph racing action.
Farmington Hills, MI (December 12, 2019)…MAHLE Aftermarket announced today at the 2019 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) trade show in Indianapolis, the formation of Team MAHLE. The formation of Team MAHLE marks the next level of partnership between MAHLE Aftermarket and the wide network of elite Motorsports competitors that support MAHLE. Along with the creation of Team MAHLE, an extended partnership through 2020 was announced with all three Kalitta Motorsports teams – the Mac Tools and the DHL/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragsters and the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car.
Kalitta Motorsports, now celebrating a 60 year milestone of exceptional motorsports history under the leadership of owner Connie Kalitta, represents a commitment to racing excellence and the ideal team with which to launch Team MAHLE. This year Kalitta Motorsports celebrated Doug Kalitta’s successful season bracketed by wins at the season opening Winternationals and season finale, the Auto Club Finals as well as a historic first win at the U.S. Nationals on the way to a runner-up NHRA Top Fuel championship finish. Todd and Langdon also collected three Funny Car wins during the season.
Kalitta Motorsports teams have trusted MAHLE Performance Rings and Clevite® Performance Engine Bearings to drive home wins in NHRA Funny Car and Top Fuel for years. With the formation of Team MAHLE, that partnership will expand to drive technical development in race engine technology, ultimately leading to improving on the already industry leading strength of MAHLE Performance components.
Jon Douglas, President of MAHLE Aftermarket Inc. stated, “MAHLE is very proud of its decades’ long history of partnering with the very best in motorsports from Formula 1 to NASCAR and NHRA, including other venues like Off Road and Drift. Launching Team MAHLE is a momentous occasion for us, as it provides a home to all of our elite motorsports partners, and being able to kick it off with a Championship Team like Kalitta Motorsports is only the beginning. Kalitta Motorsports is consistently a champion or top contender in NHRA and their team drivers push the envelope and fight aggressively to win week after week and year after year.”
“We have won a lot of races using MAHLE Performance Rings and Clevite® Performance Engine Bearings,” said Chad Head, General Manager Kalitta Motorsports. “The relationship has been ongoing for a number of seasons with a lot of success. We are looking forward to expanding this relationship and bringing more trophies to Team MAHLE.”
Team MAHLE racers work closely with MAHLE Aftermarket throughout the year to test products on the track, off-road and dyno providing valuable R&D for new product development and test information and many often serve as brand ambassadors.
Clevite performance engine bearings have long been trusted by top racers, engine builders and performance enthusiasts to hold up under the most grueling and harsh load conditions. Using a cast copper-lead manufacturing process Clevite TriMetal® bearings deliver 20% more fatigue strength than top competitor brands.
MAHLE Performance brand piston rings minimize friction to deliver “free” horsepower. Ultra-flat ring sides and a precision finish promotes better sealing and are available in PVD coatings for extreme applications.
For more information on MAHLE Aftermarket Inc., visit www.mahle-aftermarket.com.
Mobil 1™ Lubricant Technology to Be Featured in Both Top Fuel and Funny Car Series Cars
HOUSTON / INDIANAPOLIS -- Mobil 1™ will return to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Mello Yello Drag Racing Series in 2020. ExxonMobil, in partnership with Toyota Racing Development (TRD), will become Kalitta Motorsports’ official lubricant partner in 2020 and Mobil 1 racing oil will be used in all team cars.
Under the agreement, ExxonMobil will supply Kalitta Motorsports, the seven-time NHRA world championship-winning team, with a newly developed Mobil 1™ Drag Racing motor oil, along with other lubricants, while also providing engineering support throughout the season. In addition, ExxonMobil will continue to develop next-generation lubricants to improve engine and gearbox performance.
“NHRA is one of the most extreme forms of motorsports on the planet, and it is the perfect place to showcase the performance of our advanced Mobil 1 synthetic lubricant technologies,” said Kai Decker, global motorsports and sponsorships manager at ExxonMobil. “ExxonMobil last competed in NHRA back in the 1990s. Our return to the NHRA is the result of a true development and competition partnership between TRD, Kalitta Motorsports and our Motorsports Technology team at ExxonMobil Engineering and Research Company (EMRE).”
“All of us at TRD are pleased to see a great technology partner in Mobil 1 join forces with a great Toyota team -- Kalitta Motorsports,” said Tyler Gibbs, general manager, TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development). “Having our talented group of TRD engineers working alongside the scientists at Mobil 1 on continued improvement in NHRA is exciting for everyone involved, including the NHRA. We’ve seen great things come from this partnership on the track in NASCAR and look forward to seeing more race wins and championships on the horizon for all parties.”
“We are thrilled to announce this new agreement and be part of the return of Mobil 1 to NHRA,” said Chad Head, Kalitta Motorsports General Manager. “The Kalitta team, led by Connie Kalitta, for more than 60 years, has pushed the boundaries of innovation in motorsports. We have been working closely with the Mobil 1 team to develop, test and prove an innovative new range of lubricants for our race cars. Our goal is to win a championship and we’re excited to partner with Mobil 1 and their team of engineers and scientists to help us get there.”
The 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will begin with the 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, February 6-9, 2020 in Pomona, Calif., and will be broadcast on FS1.
About Mobil 1 in Motorsports
Racing provides the Mobil 1™ brand the ultimate testing ground to improve the technology in our range of oil and lubricants. Each race season, our advanced products go to work to help improve vehicle performance and efficiency. Mobil 1 full synthetic motor oil serves as the lubricant of choice for many of the world’s top race teams competing in highly demanding motorsports series. The knowledge we gain through these partnerships helps our scientists and engineers push the boundaries in developing cutting-edge technologies.
ExxonMobil is active in Formula 1 and NASCAR and is partnered with Porsche and TOYOTA GAZOO Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship; TOYOTA GAZOO in the World Rally Championship; Corvette Racing and Porsche North America in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship; and numerous other teams competing around the world.
Along with its status as the Official Lubricant Technology Partner and Official Motor Oil of NASCAR, Mobil 1 serves as the title sponsor of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.
About Mobil 1
The world's leading synthetic motor oil brand, Mobil 1 features anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond our conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 motor oil to meet or exceed the toughest standards of car builders and to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even some of the most extreme conditions. Mobil 1 motor oil flows quickly in extreme temperatures to protect critical engine parts and is designed to maximize engine performance and help extend engine life.
For more information, visit mobil1.com, on Facebook, www.facebook.com/mobil1 and on Twitter and Instagram @mobil1.
INDIANAPOLIS (December 9, 2019) --- Kalitta Motorsports announced today in advance of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show the addition of Osborn, the world’s largest and most complete solution provider of high-quality surface treatment and finishing products, as a major associate sponsor to the multi-time NHRA world championship team. Osborn will be prominently featured on Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel dragster for five NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series national events in 2020. In addition to the race car exposure, Osborn will participate in Kalitta Motorsports’ dynamic business-to-business program and participate in a variety of marketing and social media initiatives.
“The addition of Osborn to the Kalitta Motorsports marketing program continues to show the value of the NHRA, as well as our business-to-business strength and commitment,” said Chad Head, General Manager, Kalitta Motorsports. “Everyone at Kalitta prides themselves on delivering excellence on the race track and in the pits. For years we have devoted time and energy to work with the best partners; Osborn and its high performance products are a welcome addition to the Kalitta Motorsports team.”
The Osborn logo will be positioned prominently on Doug Kalitta’s Top Fuel Dragster during the Spring Nationals in Houston, Texas, on April 17-19; the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn. on June 19-21; the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway outside Chicago on July 10-12; the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind., on September 4-7; and the Las Vegas Nationals held at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, on October 29-Nov. 1.
Osborn will host guests in the Kalitta VIP pit-side hospitality and will be included in Kallita media releases as well as on-track announcements. Osborn also has plans to utilize the Kalitta Motorsports relationship for a season-long industry promotion. Additionally, Osborn and Kalitta Motorsports will create and distribute social media content providing fans a behind-the-scenes look at the race-day experience, including how Osborn products stand out in the tough motorsports environment.
“As long-time supporters of the drag racing community, we are excited to extend our participation through our new partnership with Kalitta Motorsports, as well as our continued partnership with Pro Stock motorcycle drag racer Andie Rawlings and Team F@st,” says Tim Ebner, VP of Marketing and Product Management. “Our brand and products are the perfect fit with the high-performance demands of drag racing.”
Founded in 1887, Osborn is the world’s leading supplier of surface treatment solutions and high-quality finishing tools for hundreds of industrial and commercial applications such as metal finishing, honing and surface polishing. Osborn has operations in 12 countries and serves customers in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit osborn.com.