JOLIET, Ill.(July 11, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. Results and quotes follow.
Note – Qualifying session four was cancelled due to weather.
J.R. Todd – Driver of the MAD Creative Concepts Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 3.791 sec., 327.82 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)
Q2:3.800 sec., 305.69 mph
Q3: 3.756 sec., 325.22 mph
No. 7 Qualifier
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 3.967 sec., 233.16 mph
Q2:3.763 sec., 324.36 mph
Q3: 3.766 sec., 322.34 mph
No. 8 Qualifier
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 4.094 sec., 312.35 mph
Q2:4.031 sec., 315.19 mph
Q3: 4.017 sec., 316.75 mph (One bonus point for the third best run of the session.)
No. 7 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 8.452 sec., 81.90 mph
Q2:4.072 sec., 311.70 mph
Q3: 4.024 sec., 317.72 mph
No. 9 Qualifier
First Round Competition:
7) J.R. Todd v. 10) Leah Pritchett
8) Doug Kalitta v. 9) Spencer Massey
7) Del Worsham v. 10) Robert Hight
9) Alexis DeJoria v. 8) John Force
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “Would have loved to get that last run in. The Mac Tools guys had it set-up to run a great number. It is a decent start tomorrow for and we will get to pick our lane in the first round. We are looking for four solid runs and another Wally, and I think we have the set-up to do it.”
J.R. Todd, driver of the MAD Creative Concepts Top Fuel Dragster: “We had a clutch system malfunction yesterday, so what we ran today in this MAD Creative Concepts machine is what we were looking for yesterday. We were really set up to run a big number tonight, but weather got the best of it. Looking forward to racing in Chicago tomorrow and picking up the win.”
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “Another consistent weekend for the DHL Toyota Camry. The car is solid; now we just need to seal the deal and get this team in the winner’s circle.”
ESPN TV Schedule:
- 07/11 Qualifications – 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. EST (ESPN2)
- 07/12 Eliminations – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST (ESPN2) – LIVE Broadcast
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 CaféIncendio Toyota Camry Funny Car. J.R. Todd drives the MAD Creative Concepts 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 CaféIncendio Toyota Camry Funny Car,and by Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as crew chief on the MAD Creative Concepts Top Fuel dragster.
Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’race cars include Justice Brothers, Kalitta Air, Patrón XO CaféIncendio, Phoenix Fuel Converter, Red Line Oil, SealMaster, Summit Racing Equipment, Technicoat Companies, TMS Titanium, Toyota and Ziebart.
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