TOPEKA, Kan. (May 23, 2015) – Kalitta Motorsports, the nitro-fueled, four-car NHRA drag racing team based in Ypsilanti, Mich., has completed qualifying for the NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka. Results and quotes follow.
Please note: the fourth qualifying session was cancelled due to weather.
J.R. Todd – Driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster:
- Q1: 3.759 sec., 328.60 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.)
- Q2: 6.982 sec., 92.71 mph
- Q3: 4.851 sec., No mph recorded
No. 4 Qualifier
Doug Kalitta – Driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster:
- Q1: 3.859 sec., 259.01 mph
- Q2: 5.356 sec., 131.50 mph
- Q3: 3.786 sec., 316.90 mph
No. 12 Qualifier
Alexis DeJoria – Driver of the Patrón XO Café Incendio Toyota Camry Funny Car:
- Q1: 8.423 sec., 83.16 mph (One bonus point for the third quickest run of the session.)
- Q2: 3.994 sec., 255.92 mph
- Q3: 4.022 sec., 314.17 mph
No. 7 Qualifier
Del Worsham – Driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car:
- Q1: 4.101 sec., 312.42 mph
- Q2: 4.013 sec., 309.98 mph
- Q3: 4.033 sec., 318.69 mph
No. 10 Qualifier
First Round Competition:
4) J.R. Todd v. 13) Dave Connolly
12) Doug Kalitta v. 5) Shawn Langdon
7) Alexis DeJoria v. 10) Del Worsham
Doug Kalitta, driver of the Mac Tools Top Fuel Dragster: “We had a solid pass in what ended up being the last qualifying session of the weekend,” said Kalitta. “We have a tough challenger in round one, but I am confident in Jim Oberhofer’s set-up and the conditions that we look to have.”
J.R. Todd, driver of the Kalitta Air Top Fuel Dragster: “It is great to qualify in the top half,” said Todd. “(Dave) Connolly is a tough draw in round one, but the “Radman” will have the Kalitta Air ride tuned-up and ready to go.”
Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car: “You never like to run a teammate in the first round,” said Worsham. “We know what that car is capable of, and we are going to look to guide this DHL Camry around it.”
ESPN TV Schedule:
05/23 Qualifications – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST (ESPN2)
05/24 Eliminations – 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. EST (ESPN2) Times and dates subject to change.
Sunday’s eliminations begin at 11:00 a.m. CST.
Times and dates subject to change.
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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 Kalitta Air 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 Kalitta Air 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.