Team Kalitta Qualifying Report – Charlotte 4-Wides

JR Todd

JR Todd

Charlotte, NC, (March 28, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. Results and quotes follow. Please note Fridays qualifying sessions were cancelled due to weather.

J.R. Todd Driver of the Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 3.841 sec., 309.84 mph
Q2:3.713 sec., 309.63 mph (Earned three bonus points for the quickest run of the session.)

No. 1 Qualifier

This is J.R. Todds and Team Kalittas first number one qualifier of the season. The 3.713 second pass is J.R. Todds career best and is also the new track record. This is Todds seventh career number one qualifier and his second consecutive at the zMax Dragway.

Doug Kalitta Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:

Q1: 8.842 sec., 80.70 mph
Q2:3.736 sec., 325.06 mph

No. 5 Qualifier

Del Worsham Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.101 sec., 305.63 mph
Q2:8.793 sec., 78.85 mph

No. 9 Qualifier

Alexis DeJoria Driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car:

Q1: 4.839 sec., 218.55 mph
Q2:11.764 sec., 81.25 mph

No. 15 Qualifier

First Round Competition:

1) J.R. Todd v. 8) Antron Brown, 9) Dave Connolly and 16) Shawn Langdon

5) Doug Kalitta v. 4) Spencer Massey, 12) Steve Torrence and 13) Ike Maier

9) Del Worsham v. 1) Courtney Force, 8) Chad Head and 16) Dale Creasy Jr.

15) Alexis DeJoria v. 2) John Force, 7) Robert Hight and 10) Tony Pedregon


J.R. Todd, driver, Red Line Oil/Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster: I am really excited that the work of the Red Line Oil guys went for good. That pass gave up right before the finish line and we still ran a 3.71. It was on track for a 3.70 or maybe even a 3.69. Although we drew a tough quad, the performance of the Red Line Oi team has proven that we will be ready for tomorrow.

Doug Kalitta, driver, Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: I think the number five spot is a good place to be on Sunday. We had a solid pass in qualifying round two and the Mac Tools team is looking for more of the same come raceday.

Del Worsham, driver, DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: We started with a solid pass and just went for it in second round, and it just didn’t stick. The DHL Toyota Camry is ready to tackle this unique format tomorrow.

\ESPN TV Schedule:

03/28 Qualifying – 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. EST (ESPN2)

03/29 Eliminations – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST (ESPN) – LIVE Broadcast

Times and dates subject to change.

Event Schedule:

Sundays eliminations begin at 1:00 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 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 Connies 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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