Kalitta Teams with Chip Foose and Mac Tools to Run Special Edition Top Fuel Dragster in Las Vegas

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Foose Kalitta VegasLAS VEGAS, (Oct. 21, 2013) – Chip Foose, world-renowned auto designer and TV personality, and Doug Kalitta, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel dragster ace, have one very cool thing in common: Their passion for fast, eye-stopping and jaw-dropping hot rods. This weekend, Oct. 25-27, at “The Strip” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Foose, Kalitta, and Mac Tools will again team up to give auto racing fans a 10,000-horsepower compilation of style and speed via a special edition Foose-designed, Kalitta-driven dragster.

“I am very excited to have once again designed the graphics for the Mac Tools/Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster,” Foose, who also designed a dragster for Kalitta and Mac Tools most recently in 2007, said. “I have been a big fan of drag racing since I was a kid and being a part of the Mac Tools/Kalitta Motorsports team is very cool. Having my logo displayed on the car with names that I admire is an honor.”

“The dragster looks great,” Kalitta, a 49-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich. said. “Mac Tools and Chip work together very closely on a lot of projects, so we’re honored to have him be a part of our racing program. He’s an amazing guy and an amazing artist. He definitely would be proud to see our car in the winner’s circle, and it’s just a little extra motivation for me and the Mac Tools crew to try to do just that in Las Vegas.”

“Mac Tools is proud of their 10-year relationship with automotive icon Chip Foose. Knowing Chip is using Mac Tools to build his one-of-a-kind hot rods makes our Distributors and Franchisees proud. We are excited to see this Chip Foose-designed dragster and look forward to it racing its way to winner’s circle on Sunday,” said Director of Motorsports for STANLEY Black & Decker Tony Merritt.


With only two events remaining in the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Kalitta, a 16-year NHRA Top Fuel veteran, is vying for his first world championship in the world’s quickest and fastest racing class. He enters the event in Las Vegas in second place in Mello Yello Top Fuel championship points, only 83 points behind the leader.

For a limited time, fans can purchase a one of a kind Kalitta Motorsports/Chip Foose crew shirt and a Chip Foose collectable Top Fuel dragster die-cast through your local Mac Tools Distributor.


Mac Tools, Team Kalitta and Chip Foose fans can purchase limited edition Chip Foose products through the Mac Tools Thematic flyer which offers a Chip Foose wrapped tool box, Foose mechanics seat and creeper, just to name a few. Contact a local Mac Tools Distributor or by calling the Mac Tools Customer Service Department at 800.MACTOOLS to find out how you can place an order today.

Event Schedule:

FRIDAY, October 25

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 2:00 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (FC-TF) 4:30 PM

SATURDAY, October 26

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC) 1:00 PM

Nitro Qualifying Session (TF-FC) 3:30 PM


Times and dates subject to change.

ESPN2 TV Schedule:


10/27 Qualifying – 2:30 AM – 4:00 AM ET/11:30 PM – 1:00 AM PT (ESPN2)

10/27 Finals – 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM ET/5:00 PM – 8:00 PM PT (ESPN2)

Times and dates subject to change.

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) Full Throttle 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 five world championships and over 50 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.

Del Worsham drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Team Kalitta. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. David Grubnic drives the OPTIMA Batteries/Advance Auto Parts 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, by Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car,  and by Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as crew chief on the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster.

Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include Candlewood Suites, Red Line Oil, Technicoat and JEGS.

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