Team Kalitta Qualifying Recap – NHRA GatorNationals
GAINESVILLE, Fla., (March 13, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the NHRA GatorNationals. Results and quotes follow.
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 3.949 sec., 284.87 mph
Q2:3.993 sec., 274.94 mph
Q3: No run; crossed the centerline
Q4: 3.796 sec., 323.58 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)
No. 3 Qualifier
J.R. Todd – Driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 6.272 sec., 101.77 mph
Q2:5.439 sec., 125.27 mph
Q3: 3.891 sec., 312.86 mph
Q4: 7.047 sec., 92.06 mph
No. 14 Qualifier
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 4.057 sec., 312.57 mph (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session.)
Q2:5.666 sec., 120.28 mph
Q3: 4.075 sec., 309.42 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.)
Q4: 5.411 sec., 133.33 mph
No. 2 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: No run; mechanical malfunction
Q2:10.877 sec., 75.53 mph
Q3: 4.193 sec., 298.93 mph
Q4: 4.116 sec., 308.14 mph
No. 11 Qualifier
First Round Competition:
3) Doug Kalitta v. 14) J.R. Todd
2) Del Worsham v. 14) Blake Alexander
11) Alexis DeJoria v. 6) Matt Hagan
Doug Kalitta, driver, Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “We are happy about the final run in our Mac Tools dragster. It got us where we want to be, and we are looking forward to tomorrow. The car sounded good and we should run well on Sunday.”
J.R. Todd, driver, Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster: “I am happy to qualify, but it sucks to have to go up against your teammate in round one. Good thing is one car will be in the second round and hopefully they can win the race.”
ESPN TV Schedule:
- 03/15 Qualifying – 1:30 – 3:30 a.m. EST (ESPN2)
- 03/15 Qualifying – 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. EST (ESPN2)
- 03/15 Eliminations – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST (ESPN2)
Times and dates subject to change.
Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. EST.
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 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 Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car. J.R. Todd drives the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air 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 Tequila Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car, and by Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as crew chief on the Red Line Oil Top Fuel dragster.
Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include Justice Brothers, Patrón XO Café Incendio, Phoenix Fuel Converter, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, TMS Titanium, Toyota and Ziebart.
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