Team Kalitta, winners of the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car championship with racer J.R. Todd, has announced its crew chief and sponsorship lineu for the 2019 24-race season that begins next week (Feb 8-10) with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals on the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona dragstrip.
NHRA drivers, crew members and fans are mourning the recent loss of a legend: former NHRA Top Fuel championship-winning driver and crew chief Dick LaHaie.
Starting with its Top Fuel effort for Clay Millican, whose breakout 2018 NHRA Mello Yello season included two victories, SSG is ramping up marketing efforts.
Kalitta Motorsports threw out a bombshell two days after the Dodge NHRA Nationals at Reading by announcing the termination of 30-year-plus employee Jim Oberhofer.
With a period of adjustment behind him, Todd takes on the added chore this year of helping his friend and teammate, Shawn Langdon, make the same adjustments he did last year.
Kalitta Motorsports is going to look a bit different this year.
Kalitta Motorsports has just announced a partial-season partnership between long-time business associates DHL and team owner Connie Kalitta’s Kalitta Air.
Australian Richie Crampton, who drove the SealMaster dragster fielded by Kalitta Motorsports in the last seven races of 2017, has been retained for next year.
Paul Lee, owner of McLeod Racing, will retire from drag racing after suffering a massive heart attack over the winter.
Doug Kalitta may be the quiet sort, not as expressive as some of his fellow NHRA Top Fuel competitors, but it’s his internal drive to win that makes him so deadly against all other drivers on the dragstrip.