YPSILANTI, Mich. (February 3, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports is proud to announce a new partnership with Racing Electronics. Racing Electronics joins Kalitta Motorsports as an associate level partner for all four of Kalitta Motorsports’ championship-caliber NHRA teams.
Racing Electronics will provide two-way radio communication equipment and accessories for the Mac Tools and SealMaster Top Fuel dragsters driven by Doug Kalitta and J.R. Todd, in addition, to the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Del Worsham and the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry entry of Alexis DeJoria.
In 1989, Racing Electronics first established their in-car race communications products at the urging of many teams and have become the premier communications supplier for the NHRA, NASCAR and INDYCAR racing series.
“Being involved with NHRA for many years has allowed us the opportunity to develop and test our equipment in some of the harshest environments known to motorsports,” said Kevin Hughes, Director of Motorsports Communications Services, Racing Electronics. “It is truly an honor to now be associated with the Kalitta organization with regard to their legendary status in the industry. We are looking forward to a long term technical partnership, with many wins and championships to come!”
Kalitta Motorsports plans to utilize this new partnership not only to communicate solid lap times, but also to help lessen oil downs and drastic part failures.
“Communication with our drivers is extremely important, but we can use this new Racing Electronic system with so many other facets of our day,” said Jim Oberhofer, crew chief on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster driven by Doug Kalitta and Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “We can communicate with our crew that is back in the pit area and with the drivers to let them know if we see problems that could cause oil downs. With the new era of live television on FOX, the less oil downs we can have the better the show is going to be for the fans.”
Kalitta Motorsports will put the Racing Equipment equipment to the test as it starts its chase for a Top Fuel and Funny Car title at the Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., February 12-14.
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About Racing Electronics (A FanVision Company):
Racing Electronics is the number one supplier of race communications worldwide. Founded in 1988, the company services and sells the finest communications equipment to sanctioning bodies, race tracks, professional and amateur racers, and race fans. Racing Electronics is headquartered in Concord, North Carolina with manufacturing facilities on site. The company is a proud full-line Motorola dealer, and manufactures and sells its own line of headsets, wiring products, race scanners, headphones and accessories. For more information about Racing Electronics, visit www.racingelectronics.com.
About FanVision Entertainment:
FanVision Entertainment, LLC is the leader in fan technology and in-venue digital content delivery. The company develops innovative solutions to enrich the in-stadium experience by producing and wirelessly delivering audio, video, stats, and sponsorship content to screens of all sizes. FanVision was founded in 2010 and is a property of RSE Ventures, a multi-national sports and entertainment venture firm. For more information about FanVision, visit www.fanvisionentertainment.com.
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 AutoDesk CAM, 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.