Post-Qualifying Report Event 18: U.S. Nationals Indianapolis Raceway Park Indianapolis August 31 – September 5

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta

Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.751 sec. at 324.67 MPH
Q2: 3.837 sec. at 314.09 MPH
Q3: 3.726 sec. at 321.81 MPH
Q4: 3.771 sec. at 328.62 MPH
Q5: 3.767 sec. at 327.35 MPH

Bonus Points: 4 pts. (Second-best of the fourth session, second-best of the fifth session)
Starting Position: 6th
First Round Matchup: Richie Crampton
Quotable: “Proud of the efforts we have made, especially in today’s conditions with this Mac Tools dragster. It has been consistent throughout the weekend, and I like our chances tomorrow.”

JR Todd

J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster

Q1: 3.776 sec. at 319.37 MPH
Q2: 3.773 sec. at 317.12 MPH
Q3: 3.734 sec. at 311.63 MPH
Q4: 5.653 sec. at 114.62 MPH
Q5: 4.239 sec. at 103.68 MPH

Starting Position: 9th
First Round Matchup: Morgan Lucas
Quotable: “The SealMaster Toyota team had a tough day today, but I am confident that we will have it figured out for tomorrow. We are not qualified where we would like to be, but we are in the show and that is what matters. I am looking to go rounds and contend for the U.S. Nationals title.”

Del Worsham

Del Worsham, driver of the DHL/Mello Yello Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 3.898 sec. at 326.95 MPH
Q2: 3.954 sec. at 321.81 MPH
Q3: 3.874 sec. at 328.86 MPH
Q4: 3.924 sec. at 323.74 MPH
Q5: 4.520 sec. at 184.88 MPH

Starting Position: 7th
First Round Matchup: Alexis DeJoria
Quotable: “Proud of these DHL/Mello Yello guys. They have worked hard this weekend and we have made some good passes. Never want to race your teammate in round one; they have the same parts and pieces that we do, but that is how the draw fell. We hope to go rounds tomorrow and make DHL and Mello Yello proud.”

Alexis DeJoria

Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car

Q1: 5.490 sec. at 129.59 MPH
Q2: 4.309 sec. at 211.39 MPH
Q3: 3.951 sec. at 323.89 MPH
Q4: 3.961 sec. at 325.45 MPH
Q5: 3.945 sec. at 324.28 MPH

Starting Position: 10th
First Round Matchup: Del Worsham

#NHRAonFOX Telecast information:
9/05 Race (FS1) – 11:00am – 1:00pm – LIVE
9/05 Race (FOX) – 1:00pm – 4:00pm – LIVE

All times are EST.

PR Contact:

(Doug Kalitta, Del Worsham, J.R. Todd)
Cody Poor

For further requests for Alexis DeJoria, please contact:

Allison McCormick

Photo is courtesy of Gary Nastase Photography.

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. Team Kalitta also manages the McLeod Racing Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Paul Lee. 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, Todd Smith on the McLeod Racing 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.