Doug Kalitta will be campaigning a special Mobil 1 TRD Top Fuel dragster this weekend at the NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. The technical alliance partners will raise their profile with Kalitta Motorsports, the multi-time world championship drag racing team, as they continue to work together to develop next-generation Mobil 1 synthetic lubricants to improve engine and gearbox performance. Kalitta’s crew will also sport Mobil 1 TRD uniform shirts and he will be in a special Mobil 1 TRD firesuit for the race.
“Mobil 1 and TRD are a major part of our success on and off the track,” said Kalitta. “The dragster looks amazing and we are looking forward to showing it off at the Spring Nationals in a couple days. We are going to have a lot of Mobil 1 guests at the race so it will be a busy and exciting weekend.”
Kalitta’s performance this season has been steady with a runner-up finish at the Las Vegas Four-Wide Nationals as the highlight of the first four races. At the season opening Gatornationals the perennial championship contender qualified No. 4 and raced to the quarterfinals in the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. The 49-time Top Fuel winner is celebrating 20 seasons with Mac Tools and throughout the season the team will be highlighting some of his significant moments.
In 2016 Kalitta won the Spring Nationals which started a three race win streak that included victories at Atlanta and then Topeka. It was Kalitta’s second consecutive win at Houston Raceway Park after he captured the title in 2015. His first win in Houston was 2003 when took the top prize as the No. 1 qualifier. Kalitta has two other No. 1 qualifier efforts to his credit in 2002 and 2013 at the Spring Nationals.
“We have had some good wins at Houston,” said Kalitta. “The track is really fast and when you are down at sea level you can really make some big power. I am looking forward to seeing what Rob Flynn and Ronnie Thompson can put together. We tested after Charlotte and I feel really good about our chances.”
2019 NHRA Spring Nationals Highlights: Qual. No. 5; Beat Kebin Kinsley; Lost to Antron Brown
Last Event Recap (2021 NHRA NGK NTK Four-Wide Nationals): Qual. No. 12; Beat Josh Hart, Billy Torrence and Kyle Wurtzel; Lost to Brittany Force, Josh Hart
Career Stats: 528 events, 521 starts, 716 round wins, 49 wins, 106 finals, 50 No. 1 qualifiers
Gatornationals: Qual. No. 4; Beat Arthur Allen; Lost to Justin Ashley
Las Vegas1: RUNNER-UP; Qual. No. 3; Beat Troy Buff and Rob Passey, Beat Shawn Langdon and Leah Pruett; Lost to Steve Torrence
Atlanta: Qual. No. 9; Lost to Antron Brown
Charlotte1: Qual. No. 12; Beat Josh Hart, Billy Torrence, Kyle Wurtzel; Lost to Brittany Force, Josh Hart
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