News
Kalitta Motorsports 2019.png
ace.pngapplied image.pngarp.pngautodesk-logo-rgb-color-logo-white-text-large.pngchampion.pngcogistics.pngdarton.jpgdgw.pngdhl.pngeast_mountain.pngglobal2.pngias.pngjb.pngkalitta_air.pngmactools.pngredline_oil.pngrelect.jpgsealMasterLogo.jpgspecialty-fastners.jpgtoyota.pngwallace.pngwix2.jpgziebart.png

Kalitta Motorsports News

GNP 1508-10794

HOUSTON, Texas (April 21, 2015)After a solid weekend in Las Vegas, Kalitta Motorsports returns to the track this weekend in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Seriesfirst race of the season in Texas: the Spring Nationals in Houston.

After a quarterfinal finish in Las Vegas, Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, turns to Houston just nine markers out of the pointslead. Last season, Worsham earned his second career number one qualifier at the track with a 4.051 second run. He then drove the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car past Courtney Force and Chad Head to a semi-final finish.

Three of Worshams 34 career wins have taken place in Houston. Worsham took a number one qualifying effort in 2001 to the trophy, while also picking up the win in 2008. His 2011 Top Fuel World Championship season also saw Worsham finish in the Winners Circle in Houston.

Worsham is on his way to join his teammate, Doug Kalitta, and just 15 other drivers with 500 round wins. With his round win in Las Vegas, he is just nine rounds from that distinction.

The DHL team had a very successful test in Las Vegas,said Worsham. The consistency is still there in the Toyota Camry, and we are going into Houston looking for the win.

Worshams Funny Car teammate, Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, drove to her second semi-final finish of the season at the most recent race in Las Vegas. Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar tuned DeJoria to the best run of the Funny Car class in the heat on Saturday, and then turned that into two round wins on Sunday. DeJoria, who lives in nearby Austin, Texas, evened her round record for the season and moved into seventh in the point standings.

Last season, DeJoria earned a top five qualifying effort and a second round finish in Houston.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, looks to bounce back in Houston. Kalitta drove to one of the top five best runs in round one in Las Vegas, but was unable to drive by Spencer Massey. 2003s Top Fuel winner, Kalitta is also picked up one of his 42 career number one qualifying wins just two years ago.

Houston can prove to be difficult, but Jim Oberhofer returns to the track with good notes from last season as he guided the Mac Tools team to two sub 3.8 second passes.

Luck was not on our side in Las Vegas,said Kalitta. I am extremely confident in our return to Houston and look forward to try and drive the Mac Tools team into the Winners Circle.

J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, is coming off his best weekend of the young season. Todd, who has earned eight career no. 1 qualifying positions, has earned over half of those in the past eleven races. Those five pole wins are best among all nitro classes. Todd was in front of the Top Fuel field for the second consecutive race in Las Vegas and drove the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster past Steve Faria and Dom Lagana to a third place effort.

Todd, who is just four rounds away from 100 career round wins, is a former winner in Houston. He earned his fifth career win in 2007 by defeating Joe Hartley in the final round.

After a successful test, the Red Line Oil team is hoping to carry our recent performance into Houston,said Todd. Houston has been a great race for the Kalitta team in the past and we are looking for the Wally this weekend.

Team Kalitta will honor the legacy of Steve Byrnes this weekend in Houston. The longtime motorsports reporter lost his courageous battle with cancer on Tuesday. All four Kalitta Motorsports will run the #ByrnesStrong logo.

GNP 1515-01320

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (April 12, 2015) J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragster, and Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, earned semi-final finishes this weekend at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Todd, who was celebrating his one-year anniversary with Kalitta Motorsports, had a great Friday qualifying session. He guided the Red Line Oil team to the top spot with an elapsed time of 3.758 seconds. Saturday saw Las Vegas heat pick up, and Todds number would not be beat. It was his eighth career no. 1 qualifier, second consecutive and fifth in the past 11 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series events.

Todd drew Steve Faria in the first round. Faria put up career best numbers, but they could not compete with the speed of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster which ran a 3.825 seconds at over 320 mph. Dom Lagana was Todds second round opponent, but Todd was able to overcome that challenge as well to advance to his twenty-third career semi-final or better finish. The final four pairing put Todd against a fellow Road to the Future winner, Richie Crampton.

Todd and Crampton raced a great race with solid reaction and elapsed times but Crampton got to finish line just eleven thousandths of a second before the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster.

The Red Line Oil guys definitely did a good job this weekend,said Todd. The performance is definitely back, but I need to do a better job driving. Rounds like that are tough for me.

Todds success this weekend advanced him one position in the point standings to ninth, while expanding his lead over eleventh to nearly two rounds.

DeJoria returned to the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals as the defending event champion. A small fire in the Patron trailer was not enough to keep the Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar-led crew down. The team laid down four consistent passes in qualifying. The quickest run, a 4.037 second pass at 308 mph, placed DeJoria fourth in the qualifying order. The Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car also ran the best pass on Saturdays qualifying session to prove that they would be one of the teams that would challenge for the trophy on Sunday.

In a highly anticipated matchup, DeJoria drew fellow female competitor, Courtney Force, in round one. She recorded a solid reaction time and defeated Force with a 4.115 second pass. That meant that she gave up lane choice to her teammate, Del Worsham, in round two. However, both lanes would prove to be difficult for the Team Kalitta teammates as both of the Toyota Camry Funny Cars smoked the tires about halfway down the track. DeJoria was able to get her Camry to corporate quicker, and that led her to victory over her teammate. Although she succumbed to tire smoke again in her sixteenth career semi-final or better finish, it was a successful weekend for the Patrón team which moved up several spots in the point standings.

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, came into Las Vegas with a very consistent race car. Although he had yet to pick up an event win, the DHL team was leading the point standings coming into the event. Jon Oberhofer and Nicky Boninfante tuned the Toyota Camry Funny Car to a solid 4.048 second pass at 316.52 mph to earn bonus points and another top five starting position. Worsham drew fellow Toyota Racing driver Tony Pedregon in round one. The DHL Yella Fellasgave Worsham a solid and clean 4.11 pass to advance him to face his teammate in round two. In a dual tire-pedaling run, DeJoria just got by Worsham.

Tough loss, the DHL Camry has not smoked the tires much this year and I never felt like the car calmed down enough for me to be able to get back on it,said Worsham. The DHL Toyota Camry is still running well and we are looking forward to Houston.

The DHL team leaves The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in second in the points, less than a round out of the top spot.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, started another race from the top half of the field. His Friday evening efforts of 3.793 seconds at over 315 mph placed him sixth overall for Sundays eliminations. For his efforts, he drew Don Schumacher Racing driver Spencer Massey. Kalittas 3.807 second pass would have been good enough to defeat nearly ever other winner in the class in the first session, but Spencer Massey. His slightly quicker 3.796 second run moved Massey past the driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster.

Unfortunately, we just drew the wrong opponent on Sunday,said Kalitta. My Mac Tools group laid down a solid number, but it wasnt enough. We learned a lot about the heat this weekend, and look forward to using that information in Houston in a couple weeks.

It was just Kalittas second first round defeat this season, and his consistency allowed the Mac Tools team to retain a position in the top ten of the point standings.

After five races, Team Kalitta nitro race cars have advanced to three final rounds and earned two no.1 qualifying positions. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has next weekend off. Our next race takes us down to Texas for the OReilly Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Houston from April 24-26.

J.R. Todd Driver of the Red Line Oi/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 1 Qualifier (3.758 sec., 324.83 mph)

E1: Todd defeated Faria - 3.825 sec., 320.81 mph to 3.957 sec., 307.02 mph

E2: Todd defeated Lagana - 3.916 sec., 308.64 mph to 9.168 sec., 73.27 mph

E3: Todd defeated by Crampton - 3.837 sec., 321.73 mph to 3.828 sec., 318.32 mph

Alexis DeJoria Driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car:

No. 4 Qualifier (4.037 sec., 308.78 mph)

E1: DeJoria defeated C. Force - 4.115 sec., 301.40 mph to 4.165 sec., 304.12 mph

E2: DeJoria defeated Worsham - 5.852 sec., 239.06 mph to 5.885 sec., 160.61 mph

E3: DeJoria defeated by J. Force - 4.165 sec., 312.35 mph to 12.689 sec., 70.85 mph

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

No. 5 Qualifier (4.048 sec., 316.52 mph)

E1: Worsham defeated T. Pedregon - 4.110 sec., 312.71 mph to 4.211 sec., 291.95mph and 8.579 sec., 80.65 mph

E2: Worsham defeated by DeJoria - 5.885 sec., 160.61 mph to 5.852 sec., 239.06 mph and broke.

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

No. 6 Qualifier (3.793 sec., 317.94 mph)

E1: Kalitta defeated by Massey - 3.807 sec., 322.65 mph to 3.796 sec., 328.78 mph

GNP GN3 0579

LAS VEGAS, Nev., (April 11, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals on The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Results and quotes follow.

J.R. Todd Driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 4.748 sec., 147.29 mph
Q2:3.758 sec., 324.83 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)
Q3: 4.840 sec., 152.59 mph
Q4: 3.890 sec., 295.85 mph

No. 1 Qualifier

This is J.R. Todd’s and Team Kalitta’s second number one qualifier of the season and Todd’s second consecutive as picked up the no.1 position in Charlotte. It is Todd’s eighth career number one qualifier and his second consecutive at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In the past eleven races, Todd has picked up five number one qualifiers which leads all nitro classes.

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.863 sec., 302.14 mph
Q2:3.793 sec., 317.94 mph
Q3: 4.146 sec., 217.39 mph
Q4: 4.035 sec., 245.86 mph

No. 6 Qualifier

Alexis DeJoria Driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.148 sec., 296.83 mph
Q2:4.037 sec., 308.78 mph
Q3: 4.184 sec., 293.22 mph
Q4: 4.059 sec., 307.37 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)

No. 4 Qualifier

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.116 sec., 308.71 mph (One bonus point for third quickest run of the session.)
Q2:4.048 sec., 316.52 mph
Q3: 4.658 sec., 180.77 mph
Q4: 4.085 sec., 314.09 mph

No. 5 Qualifier

First Round Competition:

1) J.R. Todd v. 16) Steve Faria

6) Doug Kalitta v. 11) Spencer Massey

4) Alexis DeJoria v. 13) Courtney Force

5) Del Worsham v. 12) Tony Pedregon

Quotables:

J.R. Todd, driver, Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster: The track today was probably the hottest it has been all season, and that is when you need to go down the track because that is probably how it is going to be tomorrow. The Red Line Oil team was a little aggressive both runs, it spun pretty hard in Q.4, but our early numbers were strong. Tomorrow, we just need to race the racetrack, not worry about who we are facing and hopefully we will be making four passes here at the Strip.”

Doug Kalitta, driver, Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “I think sixth is a good spot for tomorrow, we are on the opposite side of the ladder from our teammate (J.R. Todd). I am looking forward to go out there and pick up the win tomorrow in the Mac Tools dragster.”

Del Worsham, driver, DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car “It looks like we picked up right where we left off at the 4-Wide. The DHL Toyota Camry is running well; but we have a tough first round opponent, Tony Pedregon. He is a multiple time world champion, so we cannot take him lightly. Hopefully we are able to keep doing what we have been doing.”

LAS VEGAS (April 7, 2015)The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway has become a second home for Kalitta Motorsports after several rounds of recent success.

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, is the defending champion of the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. Although she qualified in the bottom half of the field, the Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar-led crew tuned the Toyota Camry Funny Car to consistent passes to eliminate four former NHRA Funny Car Champions: Matt Hagan, Tony Pedregon, Cruz Pedregon and Robert Hight on the way to her second career victory. DeJoria comes into this Las Vegas event in the top ten in the point standings.

DeJorias teammate, Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, won The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedways fall event, the Toyota Nationals. The win started an incredible run for the DHL team; their round win record stands at 12-5 since picking up the trophy.

After the 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, Worsham took over the pointslead for the first time as the driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car. This is the first time he has led the point standings since his 2011 Top Fuel Championship season. During that championship season, he also won the Toyota Nationals. Additional, Worsham is a two-time no.1 qualifier in the Funny Car class at the Strip, most recently in 2010.

Worsham is also likely the next driver within the sport to hit the 500 career round win mark. After his runner-up finish in Charlotte, Worsham is just ten rounds from that historic record.

We are off to a great start. I've been most impressed with the consistency of our DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car.With the exception of first roundin Gainesville, our Camryhas performed and responded to everything we've asked, said Worsham.

I think if we just continue to learn and trust our judgement the DHL teamshould do well all season.

J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air dragster, is the Top Fuel classs most recent no. 1 qualifier. Todd picked up the top spot in Charlotte, with a career best 3.713 second pass. Last time he was at the Strip, Todd was also laying down career-best numbers on his way to another no.1 qualifier and a final round appearance. His qualifying effort, a 3.732 second run, stands as the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedways track record for the NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel class.

However, last seasons SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals will be a great memory for Todd. A surprise phone call from Kalitta Motorsports team owner and NHRA legend Connie Kalitta gave Todd the wheel of the Bounty Hunter Top Fuel Dragster halfway through qualifying. He qualified solidly in the show and picked up a first round win over Richie Crampton. That result led him to a full-time ride, and much success. Since the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, Todd has picked up more than 25 round wins, one victory (Denver), multiple final round appearances and a runner-up position in the standings. Todd will celebrate his anniversary with Kalitta Motorsports by participating in the SkyJump at the Stratosphere Hotel Casino. The SkyJump is a 108-story leap from the top of the hotel that reaches speeds of 40+ mph.

Although Todd is looking for his first win at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he does combine last seasons final round appearance with another. During his historic rookie season in 2006, one of Todds four final round appearances was at the fall race in Las Vegas.

I think the Red Line Oil team is finally on-track, said Todd. Although we had some bad luck in the first round in Charlotte, I am confident returning to the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with all of Kalitta Motorsports recent success.

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster, continues to be very consistent. The 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte yielded another round win, while a recent test at the Auto Plus Raceway of Gainesville makes the Jim Oberhofer-led Mac Tools crew excited to return to the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, especially with the recent team success.

Last season, Kalitta drove to the final round in the SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals. He picked up round wins over Steve Faria, Bob Vandergriff and Steve Torrence to reach his fourth final round appearance in Las Vegas. Although he is looking for his first win, Kalitta does hold two no. 1 qualifiers which he picked up at the spring event in 2003 and 2005.

The Mac Tools team is excited to return to Las Vegas, said Kalitta. This race is also sponsored by another one of our great partners, Summit Racing Equipment, which makes it even more special to win.

Kalitta Merchandise

main-gate.jpg

Funny Car Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

Funny Car

1 Jack Beckman 2179
2 John Force 2160
3 Robert Hight 2155
4 Ron Capps 2136
5 Tommy Johnson Jr 2105
6 Matt Hagan 2092
7 J.R. Todd 2089
8 Bob Tasca III 2072
9 Tim Wilkerson 2057
10 Shawn Langdon 2043

Top Fuel Points

Unofficial NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship Standings:

Top Fuel

1 Doug Kalitta 2180
2 Brittany Force 2147
3 Steve Torrence 2133
4 Antron Brown 2127
5 Richie Crampton 2126
6 Mike Salinas 2104
7 Austin Prock 2094
8 Leah Pritchett 2093
9 Clay Millican 2092
10 Billy Torrence 2032
Cookies make it easier for us to provide you with our services. With the usage of our services you permit us to use cookies.
Ok Decline