POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the Circle K Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. Results and quotes follow.
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 6.463 sec., 116.71 mph
Q2: 3.817 sec., 321.27 mph
Q3: 3.843 sec., 292.83 mph
Q4: 3.713 sec., 324.51 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)
No. 2 Qualifier
J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 4.655 sec., 163.29 mph
Q2: 3.846 sec., 273.77 mph
Q3: 3.864 sec., 319.14 mph
Q4: 3.792 sec., 320.28 mph
No. 11 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 4.029 sec., 316.97 mph
Q2: 4.043 sec., 316.60 mph
Q3: 4.161 sec., 246.82 mph
Q4: 3.942 sec., 324.59 mph
(The 3.942 second run was DeJoria’s career quickest pass.)
No. 4 Qualifier
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 3.973 sec., 321.12 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.)
Q2: 3.950 sec., 323.04 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)
Q3: 5.158 sec., 144.74 mph
Q4: 3.943 sec., 322.27 mph
No. 5 Qualifier
First Round Competition:
2) Doug Kalitta v. 15) Scott Palmer
11) J.R. Todd v. 6) Brittany Force
4) Alexis DeJoria v. 13) Jim Campbell
5) Del Worsham v. 12) Cruz Pedregon
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “A great way to end the day,” said Kalitta. “We are proud to have this in-house Mac Tools machine running sharp and we are looking forward to the first round of eliminations at the Winternationals.”
J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: “We have been struggling a bit, so to end qualifying strong is great going into raceday,” said Todd. “We had a lot of great people out from SealMaster today, including Duke and Rhonda Thorson. I cannot say how thrilled I am to represent them and SealMaster. We hope to take this very cool looking machine several rounds tomorrow.”
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “Not what we were looking for late,” said Worsham. “However, the DHL Toyota was consistent all weekend. Jon O, Nicky and the entire DHL team will look over the data tonight and I know we will be ready to go tomorrow.”
FOX Sports TV Schedule:
2/13 Qualifications – 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. EST (FS1)
2/14 Eliminations – 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST (FS1)
Times and dates subject to change.
Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 p.m. PST.
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) 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 ARP, AutoDesk CAM, Champion, Cogistics, Darton Sleeves, DHL, Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Mac Tools, Optima Batteries, Phoenix Fuel Converter, Racing Electronics, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, Tequila Patrón, TMS Titanium, Toyota and Ziebart.
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