Kalitta Mortorsports_Del Warsham
February 27, 2013The Thunder Road Show
CHANDLER, Ariz., (Feb. 24, 2013) - Del Worsham, driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, at the annual running of the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., just a few miles from the Phoenix city limits.
Worsham qualified the sleek yellow and black DHL “flopper” in the No. 9 (4.126 seconds, 302.96 mph) spot for the class’s eliminations. He raced against No. 8 qualifier Tim Wilkerson in the opening round. Both 10,000-horsepower race cars struggled, but Worsham’s early loss of traction proved to be his downfall, 5.295 sec., 165.07 mph to 4.252 sec., 245.94 mph.
“Our DHL car was pretty quick and consistent in qualifying just like it was in Pomona (Calif., previous event),” Worsham, a 43-year old resident of Chino Hills, Calif., said. “Conditions this morning were unlike any we had seen all weekend and it just threw us a curve, and we missed. We feel great about our DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car, though. We’ll be good in Gainesville (Fla., next event).”
Worsham leaves the desert in 12th place in Mello Yello championship points, only 12 back from the top ten.
Worsham began his racing career at Pomona in the fall of 1990, and has gone on to secure 33 career wins, including 25 in the Funny Car class. After clinching the 2011 Top Fuel NHRA World Championship, the popular Worsham retired from driving and took to leading the crew of fellow Kalitta Motorsports driver Alexis DeJoria. After one season out of the driver’s seat, he returned this season as the driver of the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports.
Team leader and legendary NHRA figure Connie Kalitta celebrated his 75th birthday on race day this Sunday in Phoenix. To watch over fifteen of the current NHRA drivers salute the iconic NHRA figure, please visit www.youtube.com/teamkalitta.
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Kalitta Motorsports is a Top Fuel and Funny Car drag racing team in the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Full Throttle 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 five world championships and over 50 national event titles in five different professional drag racing sanctioning bodies since it was established by Connie in 1959.
Del Worsham drives the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Team Kalitta. Alexis DeJoria pilots the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car. David Grubnic drives the Optima Batteries 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, by Tommy Delago and Glen Huszar on the Tequila Patrón Toyota Camry Funny Car, and by Jim Oberhofer on the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster. Connie serves as crew chief on the Optima Batteries Top Fuel dragster.
Associate sponsors on Kalitta Motorsports’ race cars include Candlewood Suites, Red Line Oil, Technicoat Companies and JEGS.
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