Scott Kalitta - Champion Hero Friend Kalitta Motorsports Returns to Englishtown with Sadness and Promise YPSILANTI, Mich., (June 10, 2009) -- Last June, Kalitta Motorsports and the auto racing world lost one of their greatest champions when ...
Scott Kalitta - Champion Hero Friend
Kalitta Motorsports Returns to Englishtown with Sadness and Promise
YPSILANTI, Mich., (June 10, 2009) -- Last June, Kalitta Motorsports and the auto racing world lost one of their greatest champions when Scott Kalitta, a two-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion, died as the result of injuries he suffered in a high-speed Funny Car racing accident in Englishtown, N.J. This weekend, June 12-14, Kalitta Motorsports and the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will return to Englishtown to race at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the first time since that tragic day.
Team owner, drag racing legend, and Scott's father, Connie Kalitta, 71, is obviously still reeling from his only son's passing, but he and his team are determined to move forward and to honor Scott, an 18-time NHRA national event champion, by competing and succeeding.
"The best way for us to honor Scott's memory and his legacy is to continue to do what he loved, and what we love to do -- Go racing," Connie said. "We will go into this weekend in Englishtown with our heads held high and remember Scott for what he accomplished both on and off of the race track and most importantly we will be thinking of Scott's greatest accomplishment, his family; his wife, Kathy, and his boys, Corey and Colin."
Scott is survived by Connie, Kathy, and sons, Corey, 15, and Colin, 9. Scott was 46.
Quotes from Kalitta Motorsports' drivers Doug Kalitta and Jeff Arend
Doug Kalitta, Scott's cousin and driver of the No. 50 Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel dragster -- "It's hard to believe it's already been a year. I think about Scott, his wife Kathy, and his sons Corey and Colin every day. He was definitely one of a kind and we all miss him a lot. I think the best way to honor his memory is to keep doing what we're doing and keep trying to race as hard as we can.
"NHRA drag racing has changed in many ways since Scott's accident, and there've been some big strides made in making all of the tracks safer. There are still many things that need to be addressed, but we're all pushing forward to make our sport as safe as we can."
Jeff Arend took over the driving duties of Scott's Funny Car last August in Indianapolis.
Arend, driver of the DHL Toyota Solara Funny Car -- "Indy was probably tougher emotionally on me than going to Englishtown this year, although I didn't realize it until right after the first qualifying session and then the flow of emotions hit me pretty hard. Englishtown is obviously going to be tough but my focus now is on winning rather than not making any mistakes with a new team. However, I'm sure that what I feel is going to pale in comparison to what the entire Kalitta organization is going to be going through.
"There is nothing better than seeing Connie get excited after we make a good lap and I hope to have him smiling all weekend. We have everything we need to win the race. I hope that Scott can give us a hand from above this weekend."