Post-Qualifying Report Event 13: K&N Filters Route 66 Nationals Route 66 Raceway Chicago July 7-10

Doug Kalitta #KalittaStrong

Doug Kalitta #KalittaStrongDoug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.788 sec. at 325.69 MPH
Q2: 3.732 sec. at 330.55 MPH
Q3: 3.788 sec. at 326.40 MPH
Q4: 4.514 sec. at 168.30 MPH

Bonus Points: 4 pts. (Second best in the second session, second best in the third session)
Starting Position: 3rd
First Round Matchup: Kyle Wurtzel

Quotable: “Didn’t stick that last session, but another solid qualifying effort for the Mac Tools team. Chicago is one of our favorite tracks and we definitely feel like we have the performance we need to get to the winner’s circle tomorrow. We are just going to go one round at a time and focus on the task at hand.”
Notes: Kalitta’s 330.55 MPH reset the Route 66 Raceway Track Record. It is the seventh track record he has set this season. Kalitta has now claimed top speed in five of the last six races.

JR ToddJ.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.779 sec. at 318.09 MPH
Q2: 3.748 sec. at 320.43 MPH
Q3: 3.806 sec. at 321.19 MPH
Q4: 3.761 sec. at 323.50 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best of the first session)
Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: T.J. Zizzo

Quotable: “The SealMaster guys have done a great job in qualifying this weekend at Route 66 Nationals. When you make four solid passes in four attempts in qualifying, it gives you confidence going into race day. Looking forward to tomorrow with hopefully four rounds of racing.”
Notes: Each of Todd’s four qualifying passes ranked among the top five of the session.

The Yellow FellowsDel Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.930 sec. at 324.20 MPH
Q2: 4.281 sec. at 207.59 MPH
Q3: 3.940 sec. at 323.74 MPH
Q4: 4.878 sec. at 155.70 MPH

Bonus Points: 2 pts. (Second best in the first session)
Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Courtney Force

Quotable: “Not the finish to our Saturday we were looking for in this DHL Toyota Camry. Lot of good numbers in the last session forced us down the ladder a bit and gives us a tough draw in round one, but these DHL boys are more than capable and we are not planning an early exit tomorrow.”
Notes: Worsham is a part of the quickest Funny Car field in NHRA history.


Telecast information:
7/09 Qualifying (FS1) – 10:00 pm – 12:00 am
7/10 Race (FS1) – 2:00pm – 5:00pm – LIVE

All times are EST.

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 Champion, 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.