Team Kalitta Qualifying Recap – Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals – Atlanta COMMERCE, Ga. (May 13, 2016) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia. Results and quotes follow.
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 3.845 sec., 318.17 mph
Q2: 3.731 sec., 328.70 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)
Q3: 3.846 sec., 321.81 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.)
Q4: 3.797 sec., 324.51 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.)
No. 1 Qualifier
NOTE: This is Kalitta’s 45th career no.1 qualifier and second in three years at Atlanta Dragway. His 3.731 elapsed time reset his own Atlanta Dragway track record. Kalitta has now qualified in the top two in five of the first seven races of the season. He also takes over the points lead, as he leads B. Force by eight points heading into raceday.
J.R. Todd – Driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster:
Q1: 4.332 sec., 192.96 mph
Q2: 3.762 sec., 323.81 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.
Q3: 3.838 sec., 319.37 mph (Three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)
Q4: 3.789 sec., 324.51 mph (Two bonus points for the second quickest run of the session.)
No. 3 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 8.685 sec., 83.12 mph
Q2: 3.949 sec., 318.69 mph
Q3: 4.023 sec., 316.23 mph
Q4: 4.003 sec., 316.15 mph
No. 4 Qualifier
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:
Q1: 4.022 sec., 311.05 mph (One bonus points for the third quickest run of the session.)
Q2: 5.657 sec., 122.20 mph
Q3: 4.019 sec., 316.82 mph
Q4: 4.194 sec., 223.88 mph
No. 10 Qualifier
First Round Competition:
1) Doug Kalitta v. 16) Terry Haddock
3) J.R. Todd v. 14) Kyle Wurtzel
4) Alexis DeJoria v. 13) Dave Richards
10) Del Worsham v. 7) Tim Wilkerson
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “Very proud of this entire Mac Tools team. Jim O, Troy and every crew member have worked hard and not rested after getting the win last weekend. They are still hungry for more. It is also great to run well at a Summit Racing event, because they do so much for Team Kalitta as well. We look forward to tomorrow, and hopefully picking up the win.”
J.R. Todd, driver of the SealMaster Top Fuel Dragster: “Great rebound weekend for this SealMaster team. We struggled in Houston, and to do what we are doing this weekend feels great. I have the upmost confidence in this team and with the conditions we have for tomorrow, I am planning on going rounds.”
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “It was really hauling that last run and we are definitely better than we qualified. The DHL boys have a tough draw in the first round, but I know we are capable to earn that round win and the three that follow.”
FOX Sports TV Schedule:
5/14 Qualifying – 10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. EST (FS1)
5/15 Eliminations – 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST (FS1) Times and dates subject to change. Event Schedule: Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 p.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 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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