LAS VEGAS (April 1st, 2016) – Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, will expand his relationship with Kalitta Motorsports and relive his BMX bike days. Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to announce the expansion to the Pro Stock Motorcycle class with Worsham driving the Kalitta Air ride.
Worsham will look to become the first driver to win a race and a championship in three different pro classes and the first to earn championships in two classes in the same season.
“We were not sure if NHRA was going to go for it,” said Worsham. “But when they got on board, we started getting things prepared. I could not be thrilled to attempt to drive two machines in the same weekend for the remainder of the season. We are behind the eight-ball to start the season by missing one race, but I am confident that the entire Kalitta team can produce the horsepower necessary to get wins.”
One of the leaders of Kalitta Motorsports agrees with those words.
“Del came to me with this idea and I thought it was a great one,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “He works best under pressure and what could be better than two driving jobs. Team Kalitta has been looking to expand and I think this is the best possible opportunity.”
Worsham will debut the Kalitta Air Motorcycle at the series’ next race, the 4-Wide Nationals. The crew chief and remainder of the crew will be unveiled at that event.
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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.