HOUSTON (April 30, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the NHRA SpringNationals at Royal Purple Raceway in Houston. Results and quotes follow.
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: Q1: 3.811 sec., 321.42 mph Q2: 3.743 sec., 324.36 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.) Q3: 6.284 sec., 108.87 mph Q4: 3.896 sec., 316.08 mph
No. 2 Qualifier
J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: Q1: 7.529 sec., 98.86 mph Q2: 3.889 sec., 300.53 mph Q3: 6.158 sec., 106.95 mph Q4: 4.646 sec., 165.11 mph
No. 12 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car: Q1: 3.980 sec., 319.82 mph Q2: 3.910 sec., 324.90 mph (Two bonus points for the second best run of the session.) Q3: 4.009 sec., 315.49 mph (Three bonus points for best run of the session.) Q4: 4.035 sec., 316.23 mph
No. 2 Qualifier
NOTE: The 3.910 second pass is Alexis DeJoria’s career-best elapsed time.
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: Q1: 3.923 sec., 325.92 mph (Three bonus points for the best run of the session.) Q2: 3.929 sec., 328.06 mph Q3: 4.427 sec., 201.70 mph Q4: 4.040 sec., 315.27 mph
No. 4 Qualifier
NOTE: The 328.06 MPH pass reset the Royal Purple Raceway Track Record.
First Round Competition:
- 2) Doug Kalitta v. 15) Terry Haddock
- 12) J.R. Todd v. 5) Antron Brown
- 2) Alexis DeJoria v. 15) John Hale
- 4) Del Worsham v. 13) Todd Simpson
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “I am extremely proud of what this Mac Tools team did this weekend. We qualified in the top two again, and ran good in the conditions we are going to have in the morning. I am confident in our chances to repeat and know we have what it takes to go four rounds tomorrow.”
J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: “We have been trying some new parts in this SealMaster machine this weekend at the SpringNats and we have learned a ton. I would have liked to have made a couple more clean passes, but we know what we have now and I look forward to eliminations.”
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “It is hot out here, but the DHL Toyota Camry had a good run in the heat and we should have something for them tomorrow.”
FOX Sports TV Schedule:
4/30 Qualifying – 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST (FS1)
5/01 Eliminations – 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST (FS1) Times and dates subject to change. Event Schedule: Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 p.m. CST. 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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