Championship contender Kalitta to display DEWALT® FLEXVOLT™ colors in St. Louis, Reading

The Dewalt Top Fuel Dragster

The Dewalt Top Fuel Dragster

ST. LOUIS (September 21, 2016) – For the second consecutive season, NHRA Countdown for the Championship contender Doug Kalitta will showcase the colors of DEWALT. The black and yellow scheme will be campaigned for the next two events: the AAA Midwest Nationals in St. Louis and the NHRA Keystone Nationals in Reading, Penn.

Stanley Black & Decker, the parent company of both Kalitta’s traditional primary sponsor, Mac Tools, and DEWALT, will use the space to promote their new line of DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ products. The DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ line, which includes new battery technology, was launched earlier this season to much acclaim. 

“I am excited to showcase DEWALT’s new FLEXVOLT™ line on my Top Fuel dragster,” said Kalitta, who has clinched his nineteenth consecutive top 10 points finish. “The technology has proven to be a breakthrough for every jobsite and we are proud to utilize both Mac Tools and DEWALT products in our pit area on these 11,000 horsepower machines.” 

DEWALT will utilize the primary placement to educate both consumers and sales representatives on the advantages of the FLEXVOLT™ System, in which a proprietary battery technology platform provides users with multiple voltage outputs from a single DEWALT battery pack – 20V MAX*, 60V MAX*, and 120V MAX* when two 60V MAX* batteries are combined – giving users the power of corded with the freedom of cordless. 

The 2016 season has already been memorable for Kalitta as he scored three consecutive victories earlier this season for the first time of his career. Just days ago, Kalitta recorded a strong performance in the 2016 Countdown for the Championship debut race in Charlotte. He recorded his fourth no.1 qualifier of the season and his fifth final round appearance. Kalitta currently ranks second in the standings. 

“Kalitta Motorsports is pleased to highlight this new line of FLEXVOLT™ products on our 330-mph dragster,” said Jim Oberhofer, Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports. “Team Kalitta puts our tools through strenuous tests with the engine rebuilds and their reliability is incredible.”

*With respect to 20V MAX* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18. With respect to 60V MAX* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 60 volts. Nominal voltage is 54. With respect to 120V MAX* – Based on using 2 DEWALT 60V MAX* batteries, combined having a maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) of 120 volts and a nominal voltage of 108.

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/Mello Yello 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. Kalitta Motorsports also manages the McLeod Racing Toyota Camry Funny Car driven by Paul Lee. 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/Mello Yello Toyota Camry Funny Car, Tommy DeLago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, Todd Smith on the McLeod Racing 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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