Baytown: Jeff Arend preview

Jeff Arend and the DHL team set to celebrate a special anniversary with a win in Houston BAYTOWN, Texas, (March 25, 2009) -- Native Canadian Jeff Arend, driver of the bright yellow and red-striped, 8,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car,...

Jeff Arend and the DHL team set to celebrate a special anniversary with a win in Houston

BAYTOWN, Texas, (March 25, 2009) -- Native Canadian Jeff Arend, driver of the bright yellow and red-striped, 8,000-horsepower DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car, and his DHL/Kalitta Motorsports team have a little extra motivation to visit the winner's circle this weekend, March 27-29, at the annual running of the O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas, just a few miles from downtown Houston.

In 1989, the late Scott Kalitta, drag racing legend and son of team owner Connie Kalitta, won the only Funny Car "Wally" (trophy) in the 50-year history of Kalitta Motorsports at the Houston event. Team Kalitta has over 50 Top Fuel class trophies on its mantle, but only one for a Funny Car victory.

Arend joined Kalitta Motorsports last year to assume the driving duties of the DHL entry after the tragic death of Scott as the result of injuries he suffered in a high-speed racing accident in June in New Jersey.

"Getting a win in Houston this weekend would be very special to us and everyone that loves NHRA drag racing and Kalitta Motorsports," Arend, a 46-year old resident of San Dimas, Calif., said. "Twenty years ago Scott took the Kalitta Flying Services Funny Car all the way to a win at HRP. It would mean so much to this team to be able to repeat that fete 20 years later for him. We'll all have a little extra spring in our steps this weekend to try to make that happen."

Arend and the DHL crew will also be part of a special event at the DHL Global Forwarding facility in Houston, Thursday, March 26. The DHL Funny Car will be on display to help celebrate the opening of the new and enormous facilities which house the DHL Global Forwarding group, as well as the DHL Industrial Projects group.

-credit: km

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Series NHRA
Drivers Scott Kalitta , Jeff Arend , Connie Kalitta