POMONA, Calif., (Feb. 7, 2014) – The 2014 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series got underway today with the first two qualifying runs of the season at the 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.). Team Kalitta was led by Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster team with two 3.75-second runs to land them in the No. 3 provisional qualifying spot in class. Qualifying resumes tomorrow with two more nitro qualifying sessions at 1:00 p.m. (PT) and 4:00 p.m.
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster
- Q1: 3.756 sec. at 328.30 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
- Q2: 3.753 sec. at 327.19 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
- Provisional No. 3 Qualifier
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car
- Q1: 4.040 sec. at 317.72 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest of the session)
- Q2: No time (broke)
- Provisional No. 4 Qualifier
David Grubnic – Driver of the Optima Batteries Top Fuel Dragster
- Q1: 3.830 sec. at 321.96 mph
- Q2: 6.005 sec. at 102.25 mph
- Provisional No. 9 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patron XO Cafe Toyota Camry Funny Car
- Q1: 8.285 sec. at 82.68 mph
- Q2: 8.327 sec. at 82.74 mph
- Provisional No. 20 Qualifier
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 Patrón XO Café Toyota Camry Funny Car. David Grubnic drives the OPTIMA Batteries 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 Patrón XO Café 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 Patrón XO Café, Red Line Oil, Technicoat Companies and Summit Racing Equipment.
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