MAHLE Aftermarket has announced the formation of Team MAHLE at the 2019 PRI show. This marks a new level of partnership between MAHLE Aftermarket and the network of top-notch competitors who support MAHLE. In addition to the creation of Team MAHLE, an extended partnership through 2020 was announced with all three Kalitta Motorsports teams – the Mac Tools and the DHL/Kalitta Air Top Fuel dragsters and the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car.
Kalitta Motorsports is currently celebrating a 60 year milestone of motorsports history under the leadership of owner Connie Kalitta. Also among their reasons to celebrate this year were Doug Kalitta’s successful season bracketed by wins at the season opening Winternationals and season finale, the Auto Club Finals and an historic first win at the U.S. Nationals on the way to a runner-up NHRA Top Fuel championship finish. Todd and Langdon also collected three Funny Car wins during the season.
The partnership between Kalitta Motorsports and Team MAHLE will expand to drive innovation in race engine technology, leading to improvement on the already formidable strength of MAHLE Performance components.
Jon Douglas, President of MAHLE Aftermarket Inc., stated, “MAHLE is very proud of its decades’ long history of partnering with the very best in motorsports from Formula 1 to NASCAR and NHRA, including other venues like Off Road and Drift. Launching Team MAHLE is a momentous occasion for us, as it provides a home to all of our elite motorsports partners, and being able to kick it off with a Championship Team like Kalitta Motorsports is only the beginning. Kalitta Motorsports is consistently a champion or top contender in NHRA and their team drivers push the envelope and fight aggressively to win week after week and year after year.”
“We have won a lot of races using MAHLE Performance Rings and Clevite® Performance Engine Bearings,” said Chad Head, General Manager Kalitta Motorsports. “The relationship has been ongoing for a number of seasons with a lot of success. We are looking forward to expanding this relationship and bringing more trophies to Team MAHLE.”
Team MAHLE racers work closely with MAHLE Aftermarket throughout the year to test products on the track, off-road and dyno, providing R&D for new product development and test information.