Ypsilanti, Mich. (Aug. 25, 2010) – Kalitta Motorsports, one of the most successful drag racing teams in the history of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, announced today that 32-time Top Fuel dragster national event winner Doug Kalitta will pilot an 8,000-horsepower, specially painted DEWALT/Stanley/Mac Tools Top Fueler at the world’s largest and most prestigious drag racing event, the 56th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis, Sept. 2-6.
The unprecedented partnership brings together three of the world's most renowned manufacturers of premium tool solutions that industrial companies, professionals, and consumers count on with a name that is synonymous with NHRA drag racing – Kalitta. Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is helmed by drag racing cornerstone and icon Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta.
"Mac Tools, Stanley and DEWALT are excited to be partnering with Kalitta Motorsports at this year's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals," Tony Merritt, Sports Marketing Manager of Mac Tools, said. "Our sponsorship of this premier event allows us to introduce the newly expanded brand offering, which includes DEWALT products, now available through our Distributors. In addition to the Mac Tools and DEWALT product displays in the Midway, we will be hosting over 100 Mac Tools Distributors and over 800 of their customers this weekend and we will all be cheering on the entire Kalitta team."
"I can't think of a better way to kick off the Countdown to 1 and begin our run for the 2010 championship than having this great partnership with DEWALT, Stanley, and Mac Tools at Indy," Connie, the 1994 Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Top Fuel champion, said. "We've had a long and successful relationship and friendship with all the folks at Mac Tools and Stanley for many years. We’re looking forward to continuing that and building the same, strong relationship with DEWALT, and hopefully building momentum for the rest of the Countdown to 1 with a trip to the Indy Winner's Circle."
The Mac Tools U.S. Nationals is the first of six events in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series "playoffs", the Countdown to 1. Only the top ten drivers in Top Fuel points entering the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals are eligible to win the 2010 Full Throttle Top Fuel championship.
After a tremendously successful "regular season" this year that produced one event win (Denver), four runner-up finishes and six semi-final appearances in 16 events, Doug Kalitta goes into the Countdown to 1 in fourth place in Full Throttle points (2060), only 50 points away from the top spot.
"We're honored to be carrying the colors of DEWALT, Stanley, and Mac Tools on our Kalitta Motorsports dragster in Indy,"Kalitta, a 46-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., and two-time Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Top Fuel runner-up (2008 and 2004), said. "Indy is the biggest drag racing stage in the world, and we're looking forward to representing three great brands at such a high-profile event."
Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports' race cars include Red Line Oil, Technicoat Companies, ROCKY Boots, OPTIMA Batteries, Summit Racing Equipment, and Mac Tools.
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