Team Kalitta Qualifying Recap – Northwest Nationals – Seattle
SEATTLE (August 8, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Seattle. Results and quotes follow.
J.R. Todd – Driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 4.284 sec., 195.79 mph
Q2: 3.808 sec., 320.43 mph
Q3: 4.677 sec., 157.59 mph
Q4: 3.770 sec., 326.48 mph
No. 6 Qualifier
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 4.875 sec., 150.45 mph
Q2: 3.870 sec., 308.50 mph
Q3: 3.818 sec., 319.12 mph
Q4: 3.965 sec., 300.53 mph
No. 12 Qualifier
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 4.124 sec., 293.15 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)
Q2: 4.067 sec., 310.98 mph
Q3: 4.020 sec., 310.63 mph
Q4: 3.984 sec., 298.54 mph (Two bonus points for the second best run of the session.)
No. 2 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 4.123 sec., 296.11 mph (Two bonus points for the second best run of the session)
Q2: 4.088 sec., 299.20 mph
Q3: 4.318 sec., 214.59 mph
Q4: 8.091 sec., 81.96 mph
No. 11 Qualifier
First Round Competition:
6) J.R. Todd v. 11) Clay Millican
12) Doug Kalitta v. 5) Larry Dixon
2) Del Worsham v. 15) John Hale
11) Alexis DeJoria v. 6) Courtney Force
J.R. Todd, driver of the Red Line Oil Top Fuel Dragster: “We need to go up there and make a great run like we did in q.4. We hope to take this Red Line Oil team four rounds tomorrow.”
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “We have just had crazy things happen to us this weekend. We have all this behind us now, and are ready to kick ass in the morning.”
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “Four great runs again for the DHL Toyota Camry. We working on improving our position and making quicker runs and I think this entire team is really pulling together. From the crew, to the crew chiefs, to myself, we are doing everything we can do to catch Beckman. Although it may not appear that way, we feel like we have made gains this weekend.”
Alexis DeJoria, driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car: “Our best run was a 4.08 and we blew up, but tomorrow is a new day and we will bounce back.”
ESPN TV Schedule:
08/08 Qualifications – 11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. EST (ESPN2)
08/09 Eliminations – 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. EST (ESPN2)
Times and dates subject to change.
Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 a.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 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 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, Kalitta Air, 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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