Sonoma, Calif (July 29, 2016) – Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, earned the provisional pole for the Toyota Sonoma Nationals this evening.
Worsham started the Toyota Sonoma Nationals weekend strong, earning two bonus points in the first session with his 3.936 second pass. However, Worsham, and his tuners, Nicky Boninfante and Jon Oberhofer, saved the best for the evening session.
With incredible conditions, the DHL Toyota was ready. Worsham toed the line and ran the 1,000 feet distance in just 3.868 seconds, reseting the Sonoma Raceway track record and Worsham’s own career-best. The pass was the fourth-quickest in NHRA history.
“It is a big race for our partners, Toyota, so to do that in front of them, Reg Kenney from DHL and the whole Kalitta Motorsports team is awesome,” said Worsham. “We were going up to go faster than we ever have in this DHL Toyota Camry and we definitely accomplished that.”
Worsham and the rest of the Funny Car field has two more qualifying attempts tomorrow. If Worsham’s DHL Toyota Camry can retain the top spot after the Saturday sessions, it will be Worsham’s second no.1 qualifier on the season and second in the last four events. It would also be his second at Sonoma Raceway (2007).
Worsham’s Funny Car teammate, Alexis DeJoria, is currently qualified tenth in her Toyota Camry Funny Car. The Team Kalitta Toyota Top Fuel entries of Doug Kalitta and J.R. Todd rank second and fifth, respectively, after day one of the Toyota Sonoma Nationals.
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 Champion, 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.