Baytown: Doug Kalitta preview

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team ready for a rebirth in Houston HOUSTON, (March 26, 2008) -- At this weekend's, March 28-30, annual running of the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Tex., just a few miles out...

Doug Kalitta and the Mac Tools team ready for a rebirth in Houston

HOUSTON, (March 26, 2008) -- At this weekend's, March 28-30, annual running of the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Tex., just a few miles out of the Houston city limits, Doug Kalitta, driver of the "Big Red" 8,000-horsepower Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster, is hoping that he and his Mac Tools team will regain their championship contender status after taking a step back at the previous NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series event in Gainesville, Fla.

"Not qualifying in Gainesville was extremely disappointing for our whole team," Kalitta, a 43-year old resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., said. "Things like that are tough to get over, but you have to block that out and move on.

"Our Mac Tools team stayed to test in Gainesville after the event, and the results are very encouraging. We basically started over. We took everything off of the car and analyzed every system to see if we could pinpoint what our problems have been. We found a few things that were wrong, and now we think we have them fixed, so hopefully that's the end of our struggles. We're eager to get to Houston and start over."

-credit: km

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